Stories

Sophia Whitfield
London Fields

On a summer’s day, London Fields is like one big Bulmers advert: attractive men in short shorts and attractive women in even shorter ones, impromptu barbecues, casual tossing of frisbees, Instagram sunshine through the trees. The Elysian Fields on Earth – or about as appealing as Flanders Fields, depending on your opinion of this sort of thing. But as shadows lengthen, bins overflow and bare legs feel the chill of a Hackney evening, the hordes descend on the handily adjacent Broadway Market to keep the consequence-free fun going. Established pubs such as the Cat & Mutton or Off Broadway are there to refresh those still standing – and joining them is Stories, a new all-day diner and bar from the people behind the Book Club in Shoreditch.

We visited on one of those warm weekends, and found the heaving bar was running out of all sorts of things, from beer to bog roll. The permanent queue for the toilets suggested that some folk, inconvenienced by the lack of local public facilities, were popping by intending to spend no more than a penny. Better get used to this, Stories – London Fields is not going to get any quieter on a sunny day.

But from what we ate and drank, Stories shows promise. From an innovative-looking list, a Sob cocktail, with Hendrick’s gin and mango puree, was intriguingly garnished with a whole red chilli. We nibbled on it while waiting for our food to arrive. There’s brunch during the day, and until midnight bar food comes in bowls – mozzarella risotto balls were great, as were polenta chips with rosemary and parmesan, and breadcrumbed spicy chicken drumsticks. The rest of the menu looked good too, particularly the beef and chorizo burger with manchego and triple-cooked chips.

The place itself is as handsome as most of its customers, which you’d hope for in a bar that numbers a ‘creative director’ among its staff. Large, sail-like lights are adjusted by a complex series of pulleys across the ceiling; on the walls hang works by local artists, and the blond-wood furniture is very cool. And as with the Book Club, there are in-bar events providing entertainment and education. I’m sure that when the bar learns to cope with the crowds, this will be a story with a happy ending.

Reviewed by Euan Ferguson

Venue name: Stories
Contact:
Address: 30 Broadway Market
London
E8 4QJ
Opening hours: Open 10am – midnight Mon-Sun
Transport: Rail: London Fields

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2.4 / 5

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Christine

Horrible veggie breakfast, dry scrambled eggs, the sausage was made of this lentil paste and deep fried, hash browns were just like the ones you buy at the supermarket, old toast. Average coffee, will not come back

Lauren

Brilliant brunch and cracking coffee at this lovely light-filled place today. Spacious, airy and a magnet for freelance workers, judging by the number of apple macs and studious faces on display. Wasn't able to try the boozy smoothies on this occasion, but loved the avocado, lime and chilli flakes on sourdough (with a side of grilled halloumi), flat white and the jugs of water flavoured with grapefruit, mint or lemon/lime.

Phil

They can not cope when it is busy , trying to order food is a mission lots of people complaining , half our order was missed there are plenty of better options on the market and nearby.

Chloe

Great food (very genmerous portions, 3 tapas for 2 is more than enough!) great place, I highly recommend the piri piri prawns and squids!

Claire

Lovely to look up. However our halloumi salad was very small and for £8.50 we gave the manager our thoughts as we were left hungry.We were sad that nothing was offered in return. Many dishes on the menu were cheaper and bigger.