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When it was displaced by the development of the Olympic Park, London’s oldest salmon smoker – established in the early 20th century to supply London’s Jewish community with Baltic salmon – moved to a prime site just across the Lea Navigation from the Olympic Stadium. The snazzy new premises incorporated a restaurant and bar as well as the corporate headquarters and a spacious smokery with viewing gallery.

Forman's salmon obviously features prominently on the menu, in a salmon and crab salad with fennel and apple, or served with buckwheat blinis. Elsewhere it's modern-British cooking – think poached turbot with scallops, clams, baby carrots and chorizo froth, or pepper-encrusted rump of lamb with bubble and squeak and a port reduction. Desserts include a banana and cream tart.

The wine list features a range of English bottles, from Three Choirs, Chapel Down, Bacchus, Denbies and Biddenden. There's a short cocktail list, too. 


Venue name: Forman's
Address: Stour Road
E3 2NT
Cross street: Fish Island
Opening hours: Bar Open/snacks served 5-9pm Thur, Fri; noon-5pm Sat, Sun.Restaurant Brunch served 10am-2pm Sat. Lunch served noon-3pm Sun. Dinner served 7-9pm Thur-Sat
Transport: Tube: Hackney Wick rail or Pudding Mill Lane DLR
Price: Main courses £11.50-£19.50
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Forman and Son have an interesting history. Having been around since 1905 smoking salmon they suffered an upheaval when London won the 2012 Olympic Games bid back in 2005. Standing directly in the footprint of what was to be the Olympic Stadium they were issued with a compulsory purchase order. As a result, they have a shiny new building situated on Fish Island in Hackney Wick.

On this site there is a function space, the salmon smokery and a restaurant. The restaurant is not large, has a modern feel focusing on colours found in salmon and their scales and has a beautiful view of the Olympic Stadium (which caused them so much grief). Prices are reasonable and full of delicious fish and meat choices. It would have rude not to have had salmon. Between my partner and I we ate delicious sashimi salmon and their smoked salmon. I really don’t think I’ve ever had better. For main course I had a salmon filet with a creamy sauce which was also divine. The wine list showcases and champions British wines which is fitting.

You can also book a tour of the smokery and it is visible when you go to the bathroom. It looks utterly fascinating. I’d love to come and see if working.

If you’re around the Olympic Park but don’t want to eat in a generic chain restaurant then seek out Forman’s. It’s the other side of the park but definitely worth the walk. It won’t break the bank and is a perfect place to take the parents. 

Peter W

A lot seems to have changed at Formans restaurant since 2012, but not it’s great salmon quality

We live in the nearby EastVillage and herd from neighbours of this smoked salmon factory that contains a small restaurant on site. Visited on a rainy Saturday with the intention of trying some smoked salmon and ended up spending most of the day indoors enjoying different food and wines from their menu.

As we arrived the friendly doorman invited us to lock our bikes in their car park. We ordered the sampling smoked salmon platter which contains several cures of smoked salmon, all fresh and tasty, sliced at onsite factory: delicious! Accompanied this by a rose English sparkling wine. Their entire wine list is dedicated to quality English wines, and not pricey if you look at what you get.

We were told the restaurant is being re-launched, as well as the events space, within their art gallery. Looked at dinner menu where they have seared Salmon, Turbot and Wild Salmon as specialities. Looking forward to pop in again, next time will be for dinner with some friends as the location, food and service don’t promise to disappoint.

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Feel cheated out of £68 for a poor meal which was supposed to celebrate my husband's birthday. The service was unfriendly. The starter was ok, but my idea of a blini is a flat round pancake like object not a small dollop of mashed potato that has dried out a bit. That was nothing compared to being charged £12.50 for essentially one poached egg, a fishcake and a handful of rocket for a main course. Then adding insult to injury, my main of salt-marsh lamb did not come pink in the middle as expected, and the potato tasted like it had been soaked in bleach. Suffice to say I won't be gracing their doors again. We departed early to find coffee and dessert down the road at the Counter Cafe instead.