Ethical eatery gets a second incarnation as Autumn Yard

PUBLISHED: 16:22 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:22 06 June 2017

Autumn Yard

Autumn Yard

Autumn Yard

Emma Bartholomew visits Autumn Yard, a new diner which has taken over the site in Lower Clapton where The Russet used to be

Autumn Yard Autumn Yard

I first reviewed the space that is now Autumn Yard in its previous incarnation as The Russet three years ago.

At the time the term Hackney hipster had not yet been coined, and my friend from south London was surprised at the abundance of men with beards in the “café with a cultural mission” just off Hackney Downs in Amhurst Terrace.

Evidently the new wave of holistic healthy eating was just emerging too, as we were both expecting the courgette pasta to include some, well, pasta, rather than the spiralised veg that was served.

The dimly lit former industrial unit was kitted out with stripped-back untreated wood and a mish-mash of eclectic styles – well-worn 70s sofas, retro clocks, a vintage radio, and old school chairs.

Autumn Yard Autumn Yard

The space has changed a lot since that time, and now there’s a brighter, more polished vibe making it feel more spacious as a result.

Long benches with green faux leather padding line the walls with long bench tables, all made out of a special eco-material.

Called Richlite, it looks incredibly like a soft, warm coloured wood but amazingly is made out of layered paper.

One thing that hasn’t changed since the Russet though is an ethical eating ethos.

The quinoa burger at Autumn Yard The quinoa burger at Autumn Yard

Perhaps one indicator of this are the “bottomless” green smoothies, where for £12 you can get your cup refilled as many times as you like.

There’s relaxed ambient music playing, and along with my daughter, her friend, and my same friend who accompanied me three years ago, we enjoy a really tasty brunch.

It’s kid-friendly here (and dog-friendly too) and fussy eating youngsters, or those wanting something simple, can choose options like a poached egg on sour dough (£4.50).

Sweetcorn fritters with avocado and honey (£7.95) are crispy and a little bit spicy, and the quinoa burger with sweet potato fries and pickled salad (£9.95) is tasty and filling.

We finish off what is a hearty meal with perfectly moist chocolate brownies, and a cup of Earl Grey.

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