After a hugely successful lockdown residency, it was music to everyone’s ears (not least this writer who lives minutes away) that Brat had made its London Fields residency permanent for 2021. The east London location is different from the original, as is the cool and even more casual atmosphere of this greenhouse on heat. That said, flame-grilled goods remain as delicious as ever: from that anchovy bread, to the turbot or John Dory, to a new luscious roast chicken rice. The covered arch has a nice indoor/outdoor thing going on, and it’s open for dinner every day of the week.
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Some totally covered outdoor dining spots in London because nobody likes cold and soggy chips.
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A soon-to-be canalside classic, Café Cecilia is a brilliant breakfast and lunch spot serving takes on delicious British classics.
Pockets is a pitta stall in London Fields making superb falafel pittas that are enormous in size and flavour.
Sonora is an excellent takeaway-only taquería in Hackney’s Netil Market, just a few hatches up from its old home when it was called Pollo Feliz.
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Sargasso is the Margate sibling of Brawn and, with sea views and superb food, it’s maybe even better than it’s London counterpart.
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