Hackney Picturehouse Bar & Kitchen

Restaurants, Global Hackney
Hackney Picturehouse Bar & Kitchen
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Why would anyone choose to eat in a cinema? Because, despite Hackney’s food renaissance, there’s a pocket of epicurean resistance centred firmly around the Picturehouse, something the mini chain set out to exploit when it opened here in 2011.

The large, light-filled foyer contains an assortment of shared tables with bench seating and some smaller tables, offering lots of space even at the busy intersections of movies ending and starting. The menu is a clever mix of snacks (such as mini pizzas and fat chips) through to burgers, daily specials and that often dismal offering, the sharing platter. This one is better than most, but not much, its selection of unimaginative antipasto staples doing little to excite.

Much better are the small plates – the hot dogs and pimientos de padrón are particularly popular, and deservedly so, with the former a perfect marriage of sausage, bun and sauerkraut, and the latter as good as anything you’ll get in Galicia. Specials of pastas, savoury tarts and salads are acceptable, but this is a place for a light bite, rather than a full meal.

The impressive range of locally brewed beers includes tipples from Beavertown alongside the more obvious selection from London Fields Brewery.



Venue name: Hackney Picturehouse Bar & Kitchen
Address: Hackney Picturehouse
270 Mare Street
E8 1HE
Opening hours: Open 10.30am-11pm daily. Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Fri; 11am-10pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Hackney Central rail
Price: Main courses £5-£12.50. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40
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3.6 / 5

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Went in recently for a bit of lunch with a friend.  Had the soup of the day(potato, leak and pea) with some sourdough bread... brilliant! and price was great, atmosphere at that time of day just right for a quiet lunch.


Helped a friend move into a nearby flat, and after several hours of up-stairs-down-stairs with boxes and the like, went here for some refueling. It was a sunny day, so I was a little bummed about sitting inside, but with a seat by the door (which let in a nice breeze) and the great glass windows, it was so bright and airy I didn’t mind. 

The menu is fairly limited, with usual pub classics. I got the burger and chips. Now, it could’ve been I was hungry beyond measure, but this has to be one of the best burgers and the best chips I have had in ages. The sauce, the cheese, the hamburger patty were incredibly delicious. It was pretty juicy and saucy, dripped everywhere, but I didn’t mind. The thick-cut chips were delightfully crunchy and so buttery - which I know sounds odd, but they were amazing. As an added bonus, they have Blue Moon ON TAP. Heavenly. 

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Things must have changed a bit since the last batch of reviews were written, during my last visit I ordered a club sandwich which was massive and didn't feel overpriced. Whilst it's more of a sterile environment than many of the other places nearby, it's certainly one of the nicer vantage points from which to watch Mare St go about its business

this is our local bar resturant we love this plac nice qualty food 

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Just been at the bar for breakfast and I was overcharged in 2 of the 3 items I had ordered, and in top of that, I was given the wrong rest. Highly unrecommendable

I have ordered a pizzetta and got an half naan bread with hardley anything on it! ABSURD they should be ashamed of serving this it is not food. A rip off

Hit and miss, this place. I really like the ideas behind it, and behind providing fresh, seasonal food. Had some amazing homemade dips here, and the burgers are good. However, we also once had some banana cake that was utterly uncooked in the middle(!), the pizzettes are tasty but extremely small and thin (although only £3) and we once had mulled wine which seemed to be entirely devoid of alcohol, but there is a good intention at work in the kitchen, and hopefully with practice they'll get it right more often.

We all know that London is very expensive for eating out and where a lot of the time people get low vaule for money, usually we lower our heads and bear this, most of the time we don't even thing about these issues and pay without thinking. However there is a point when expensive means rip off and this is the case with this place. I went with some friends and one ordered the burger, which was fine for £7.95, but to pay £3.50 for a 'pizzette' which was a 7 cm round of extremely thin crispy bread with a smear of tomato and two tiny pieces of mozzarella is frankly taking things too far, this was not a small pizza, it was plain rip off. When I queried this with the manager, he basically told me to get lost. I wonder why as consumers we let people get away with such practices, the burgers might be fantastic -although they take 20 minutes to arrive; but I won't be going there again because I don't like to be treated with contempt, I like paying the right amount for what I am going to get and at this place I was openly ripped off! food and good for a quick bite, but really with plenty of Lahmacun places nearby I won't be going there again.

Had a pre-movie meal here on the weekend. Burger was good, and I enjoyed the flat bread and dips plate. Of these the red pepper was definitely the highlight. Drinks - the mulled cider was much enjoyed by my friends. Overall an ok well-priced meal, however I wouldn't go here for just the food.

I went there the other day and had the home made burger and fries. It was the best burger I have ever had. Other people were raving about the food too. fantastic that Picturehouse has made a genuine effort to provide great food at reasonable prices. My local, now!

Great place, perfect for the area with a lovely, fast changing menu. Excellent hot dog. Great for a bite with a film or just for the food.