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Morty & Bob's – CLOSED

Restaurants, Cafés Hackney
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

A trendy brunch and lunch spot specialising in grilled cheese sarnies.

Please note, this Morty & Bob’s location has closed, and a new Morty & Bob’s has opened at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross. Time Out Food editors, February 2019.

If the ‘Friends’ crew still shared an apartment (and got clued up to all the latest interiors trends), it would look just like Morty & Bob’s. An industrial-style warehouse space filled with elegantly distressed leather sofas and wooden dining tables, flattering giant orb lights and plenty of foliage. Apart from the monochrome-tiled bar and giant neon ‘Liquor’ sign, you wouldn’t guess that come 5pm, it morphs into the popular Hackney cocktail bar, NT’s. With a steady stream of weekday freelancers and the Hackney brunch crowd at weekends, you might have to hang about for a table, but once seated, don’t expect to feel hurried.

Our waitress steered us towards the standard brunch options for a ‘nutritious’ choice (avo toast with various accessories, chorizo and chickpea bake, granola) or for something ‘dirty’: the grilled cheese. We would argue that dirty and nutritious are not mutually exclusive – at least with a sandwich this good: sourdough bread fried to crispy on both sides, oozing with cheese, cut diagonally with a hefty half-a-gherkin garnish. Regal status should be granted to the earthy, tangy mushroom and truffle version (£6.50) – enough to satisfy the taste buds of any steadfast carnivore – with all of the musk, but none of the animal. Add a plate of moreish rosemary salted fries and you have the hangover cure of the gods for a tenner.

Make the most of the bar credentials with a spicy bloody mary or rocket fuel espresso martini, but honestly all you need in your life is that grilled cheese. Sod the avo, winter is coming and hot, bubbling cheese is as good a coping mechanism as any.

By: Megan Carnegie



Address: Netil House
1 Westgate Street
E8 3RL
Transport: Hackney Central Overground
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4 out of 5 stars

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Tucked away down a small side alley then up a few flights of stairs, Morty & Bobs isn't the easiest place to find. With a rustic decor, huge windows and more house plants than you can shakea stick at this place has East London written all over it.

When we arrived at prime brunch time we were told by a rather confused waitress that they were full. Instead of guestimating the wait and offering us a seat at the bar/outside she stared at us in a seriously awkward way.

We persisted and were actually sat within 5 minutes. Unfortunately they don't take brunch bookings.

After ordering service became very slow with gaps inbetween when our food came. My breakfast however was delicious! Sour dough with wild mushrooms and a pesto sauce. My mimosa was tiny for £8! My friend who had ordered the full english was stuffed however was told there was no ketchup (not an issue for me but for some this is an essential!).

Overall a mediocre brunch due to service and price.


A very cool spot for brunch, just off the bustling Broadway market. Spacious, with lots of tables and an enticing brunch menu. We both went for the avo on toast today, which was very good, but will definitely be back to try the mouth-watering toasties! The coffee was excellent and the service very good. Definitely recommended.


A new brunch favourite - I'm just sad it's getting too cold to make use of their enviable terrace. Morty & Bob's is nestled into the side of Netil House - enter through a door alongside the train tracks and ascend about three flights of fire escape stairs. We polished off a gloriously indulgent cheese, bacon and avocado toastie and poached eggs on bubble and squeak cakes with a delightfully generous smashed avocado on the side. Top tip: you can actually reserve a table outside! Cue smug smiles in the sunshine. 

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