Ethical eatery gets a second incarnation as Autumn Yard
- Credit: 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
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.
You may also want to watch:
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.
- 1 Hackney people encouraged to shop local for April 12 reopening
- 2 Hackney's great beer gardens reopening on April 12
- 3 Jailed: Newham men who raped and robbed women in Hackney home
- 4 Garden of Lament, Covid, Ramadan, homing cats and Islamophobia
- 5 Community group crowdfunds to turn old Lea valley water depot into wild space
- 6 Hoxton restaurant showcases menus by New City College student chefs
- 7 'I can't wait to buy useless items' when shops reopen after Covid lockdown
- 8 Campaign to keep Hackney Wick 'alive' with street art
- 9 Tote bags help tackle homelessness and addiction
- 10 Hackney mum left with 'deep scars' after sexual assault at school
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.
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.