Please note, this venue is now closed. Time Out eating & drinking editors, Sep 2016.
It’s just a bit too cool for school, the Hackney Road, where old pubs and corner shops shoulder up against wine boutiques and studios with blokes selling hand-whittled wooden spoons for six quid a throw. And then there’s Mr Buckley’s, a coolly understated two-level space serving high-concept, internationally influenced ‘small plates’ to the sort of well-dressed people who want to eat that sort of thing in east London.
There’s nothing really wrong with any of this, but the food is hit and miss, the flavours so intensely concentrated that your taste buds can give up in confusion. We had the recommended three dishes per person. Only one dish – sweet and sticky jerk steak with smoked paprika and mango butter and sweet potato crisps – really delivered. Lobster mac and cheese, in theory a fun idea, just tasted odd and jarred with everything else – items such as ragstone goat’s cheese or asparagus and quail eggs, which by themselves might have been more pleasant to eat.
Desserts were better for being one per person: notably, a moreish banana cake with peanut butter. Order carefully, or perhaps stick to the basement cocktail bar to get some of the hip local vibe.
|Venue name:||Mr Buckley's||Contact:|
277 Hackney Road
|Opening hours:||Mon: Closed, Tues - Thurs 5pm - Midnight, Friday 5pm - 2am, Sat 10am - 2am, Sunday 10am - Midnight|
|Price:||Dishes £4-£7.50. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £45.|
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4.2 / 5
- 5 star:38
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:8
Great little restaurant. Good service and a brilliant pace to get a post dinner cocktail and a dance.
I can't find a fault with this place! Generous portions of beautifully presented food complimented perfectly with the cocktail list and wine selection. After dinner we went downstairs to the basement bar and carried on celebrating my friends birthday until 2am. The bartenders are happy to make any drink to people's taste and have a few house specials on offer also. Great atmosphere down there with some cool sounding DJ's. Definitely recommend this to anyone for food and/or drinks!
If like me authenticity is your bag then I suggest you hit up this hidden gem as soon as you can. Having asked a member of staff if it was part of a chain I was met with the story of a pyromaniac chef from the 1800s named William Buckley (hence the name) who tried to burn the place down with 200 odd soles in it!! Obviously this isn't the only reason I suggest you visit Mr. Buckley's; the menus fantastic, there's the option to share and order a bit of everything or dine traditionally with a starter, main etc. The service is relaxed and attentive - the perfect mix in my eyes - and my favorite thing... free still or sparkling water!! I visited midweek with my partner and three courses and a bottle of red came to a very reasonable £65 - we'll definitely be back.
Visited Mr. Buckley's over the weekend and it was amazing. Great service, delicious wine and food to match. Will definitely be telling everyone about this Hackney Road gem!
fantastic service, great cocktails and passionate staff. my boyfriend took me their for a night out, really colorful, really interesting and good sized dishes! had a fantastic experience. id recommend this to anyone. best restaurant in the area by far! will be back soon for sure
visited mr buckleys last week herd lot about it. what a let down bad service and to dark inside but i guess this helped as the food was not much to look at. very boring is for sure trying to much. back to bistroteque well u should go for sure try it. buckleys lot to learn. give it a one star is a push
I visited Mr Buckleys for the first time last night and was absolutely blown away by the spectacular flavours That literally caressed my taste buds. I'm not sure what sort of restaurants the journo above deems "cool", but reading his critique after what I experienced last night, I guess he/she is just one of those people that enjoy picking things apart. When I go to a restaurant I want to know was the food good, were the staff friendly,was I full at the end of it and if all of that is top notch then the atmosphere falls into place. Well it was amazing. The food- Chips so moreish it left me wondering if they were legal, the cauliflower cheese ricotta with mini tempura fried "cauli's", melt in the mouth venison, and smoked chicken accompanied by perfect crunchy veg and roasties. Don't even get me started on the messy banoffee pie! Half a banana fired like Creme brûlée covered in the stuff that is inside crunchy bars, peanut butter powder, cream - heaven. It was so good I turned to the group next to me who had just sat down and told them whatever they did, they had to get it!! The front of house were genuinely friendly, not in the weird cringe-off, tip begging way you often get and is so unusual for a restaurant to use initiative and by a filter so water is a quid all night, as much as you want of it, including sparkling. It's the best of Both worlds your not drinking infested tap water, or ridiculously over priced bottled water. Such a small thing, but it's the little things like that which set places like his apart. We went to the bar downstairs after dinner and the staff were equally as genuine, music was great, everyone was having a good time. I can honestly find no fault in this gaff. Stop reading up on reviews now, and just pick up your phone and book!
My dear friend Nicky Vita recommended Mr Buckley's a relatively new restaurant in Hackney and it didn't disappoint. Delicious food (not wanky or over priced), good atmosphere + lighting (so probably good for a date and a great place to eat & talk with groups of friends) and friendly but professional service (they booked us cabs home and accommodated us despite me changing the reservation about 50 times). Look forward to going back again for cocktails nxt time.
This is one of my all time favourite london restaurants. Exceptional food, delicious cocktails, fantastic service and generally great vibes throughout. It is not only perfect for an intimate dinner for two but equally for a party of 22. I had my birthday here back in December and they could not have taken more trouble. If you haven't been yet then you must!
Both myself and my famously hard to please boyfriend visited Mr. Buckley's yesterday for a Sunday dinner, we had never been before but after plenty of recommendations from friends, we finally decided to pop in. The restaurant was surprisingly busy when we arrived, but it had a good feel and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. We were greeted by a waitress, who managed to find us a table in no time. We kicked things off with a bottle of the Prosecco which was delicious. Both of the dishes we had tasted just a nice as they looked on the menu. The Pork Belly was very well cooked, succulent and tender with a generous layer of crackling on top. My boyfriend had the Artichoke Gnocchi which managed to fill him up and leave a smile on his face! We had a coupe of jars on the side, which were an interesting collection of flavours packaged into little Kilner jars. We rounded all this off with a couple of Espresso Martinis, which were some of the set we have had. All in all, it was a fantastic evening, the service was quick and efficient, the food was delicious and very well priced (considering how full we both felt after), and the atmosphere was warm and relaxing. We will be back soon!
Been to Mr Buckleys a few times now as I live not far away on Great Eastern Street. I have to say it is one of the best local eateries you can find and always really laid back but with yummy food. The house wine, which by the way is a old vine Carignan/Syrah/Mouvedre, is always really warm and perfect for winter eating. The beef dripping roast potatoes are so moorish, as are the big bits of slow cooked meat that they have started doing. Not enough affordable places in London where you can just pop down to and know you can get really decent food, a good drop and without breaking the bank but this is one of them - a proper local bistro.
I have been to Mr Buckley's a few times for brunch which has always been ok. I took a few friends for dinner on Saturday night and it's safe to say it ruined the whole night that we all couldn't wait to get out of there. I see what they are trying to do with the food/menu but they are just not pulling it off. Keep it simple. We each ordered mains, and asked the waitor about the dishes to check if we should order sides (which i have no problem ordering because I want a decent meal) He told me that the chicken came with potatoes and chestnuts. Obviously the chicken arrived with no potatoes and when we all tried to order fries the fries had run out. My mates venison dish was cold. Warning this is food trying to be something and failing miserable. To make matters worse after being dissapointed by the food we decided to get a bottle of wine and the house Red is a Syrah which I normally love we ordered a bottle which was only £17.50, the bottle arrived it was delicious. When the Bill arrived it turned out that we had actually been served a £40 bottle of wine and the bill still had all the fries on it (which we never received). Our waitor who was the bar man then tells us he doesn't really care about the food he is more interested in the drinks. Mr Manager...your staff have a lot to learn from the staff at bistroteque....sort it out or charge less. Back to Bistroteque. Better food. Better Staff. Better Value... Just around the corner.
been to Mr Buckleys twice this month, once for a work do and i was so impressed I brought a friend just before xmas, and although the menu was pretty much the same as the party there was plenty to choose from, all very nice and excellent service to boot... really all the staff are lovely, it has a happy vibe and I get the place, it certainly doesn't try to be anything other than a cool little venue doing great food and drink. I'm pleased as punch to have the place right on my doorstep... keep up the good work
Very upset by the treatment I received by the manager, spend over £600 tonight to be treated with such poor service.
Poor service just got thrown out by the manger as my group and I refused to pay service charge after spending about £600 and he announced this to the whole restaurant. This left a bad feeling now know where not to eat, sure to tell others. Xxx
boring, over-seasoned, food. where is the fresh fish? impossible to take a kitchen like this seriously when everything has been dipped in a ton of salt and rolled in a kilo of butter before it reaches you. a good varied menu let down by lazy cooking, the textures were dire. also, crap veggie options - a couple of sides doesn't cut it, even for a carnivore like me a balanced meal is important, i don't want every mouthful to be meat or carbs. cocktails were wonderful though and the bartenders downstairs after the meal were great - my one star is for them.
Came up to Hackney from Maidstone for what I can only describe as one of the most delicious menu's I have come accross in a very long time. The atmosphere was fabulous, the staff really great, cant wait to come back. Well done Mr Buckley, we have discovered a gem!
we discovered this place at the weekend, lived in the area for some time and hadn't noticed it so we decided to give it a try. the brunch was excellent - breakfast cocktails, freshly squeezed cucumber and apple juice, and a generous helping of pancakes with cinnamon poached pairs. atmosphere and staff also get a 5/5, the music was great and we felt so welcome. perfect place to spend a lazy weekend afternoon.
What a great atmosphere last night, really enjoyed ourselves. Food and service were perfect. Loved the chicken and waffles as well as the polenta and truffle oil. Well done Mr B!
Great, European small plate menu at reasonable prices! It was so hard to choose between the dishes so we ordered one of everything, and were thoroughly glad we did. Highlights of our feast included pork belly, blue cheese polenta with mushrooms and truffle oil, and some incredible wood pigeon. We also sampled much of the cocktail menu, gooseberry gin fizz and a bacon infused bloody madison have us hooked. Will definitely be returning.
discovered this spot recently and am so glad we did - we live locally and this place is the thing hackney road has needed for so long. a great bar and restaurant with wonderful food, excellent service and great atmosphere. we love coming for cocktails and snacks at the bar downstairs! i recommend it to everyone.
Mr Buckley's is the secret gem of Hackney Road. We came with plan for a quick brunch after a trip to Columbia Road. Two hours, four cocktails and an obscene amount of tasty dishes later we managed to get ourselves back out the door. I'd recommend the blue cheese polenta and 277 cocktail to anyone thinking of going (sloe gin and prosecco!) but make sure you try the desserts- some of the most beautiful I've seen in a long time.
Welcomed by lovely interior and staff for brunch. Ordered food and elements we're missing which were on the menu, the toast was also so late arriving that by the time it came I'd almost finished.
Really nice place and tasty food, enjoyed our dinner last Saturday. Fennel and the Poussin were our favourites. Would definitely recommend this place.
I ate here on Thursday with my friend, great atmosphere, brilliant service and delicious, well priced food. The bar downstairs looks like great fun and is open til 2 Friday & Saturday, coming back for cocktails!
I couldn't agree more Timeout! London has American Diners and Burger joints everywhere you turn so Its refreshing to go somewhere different and down Hackney Road!! that has an interesting selection of good quality small dishes, no-where does that. There was also 20 of us, we enjoyed their tasting menu and drunk cocktails until the early hours. We were really looked after too. Go!
First time here and really, really enjoyed it. Decor was spot on, staff really attentive and top notch food. Loved the Gin Fizz cocktail especially. I will be back!
Great meal last night, thanks to the chefs. Lobster Mac was outstanding and i loved the Macaroons. Highly recommended.
Meant to leave a review for this when we visited at the end of Jan. Booked for a large party at 8pm and we didn't leave until 2am. I think that pretty much says it all! We had a big table on the ground floor and we were attentively served by a lovely waitress. Grub was delicious (especially the goats cheese, flatbread bits, crab cakes and lamb) and cocktails tasty (and strong!) BUT most importantly for me, it was really nice to have friendly service without being bustled out after a 2 hour window. Just on the indelicate money side of things; we happily spent a vast amount of money (particularly on cocktails), but the management accommodated us as a big group for 6 hours because they recognised that fact and kept the food and booze following, which in my mind is just good hosting, and business practice! Would definitely recommend and am in the process of booking myself in again.
Always a great touch to be greeted by the owner and led to your table. Delicious food........esp love the crab cakes, perfectly done. Service was top notch, waitress went out of her way to accommodate our cocktail request and we left two very happy customers! Would definitely go back, great addition to the ever changing Hackney Road.
went for my first time tuesday night herd alot about it from friends throught i check it my self. what can i say at last i have found a great place to eat in hackney. amazing food small and just right. the mac was great but for me crab cakes were crispy and soft and flakey in the middle thats how its done, please anyone who as not been just go and check it out. left with a smile and for sure will go back, thank u mr b for great time and at last a great place to eat and drink
I am sorry, but I will have to be the Honest reviewer. I love eating out, I am a chef and I know about my food. And i love discovering new spots to eat. But, Mr Buckley's was terrible. Food had no love whatsoever added to it. Overpriced for what it is. Heritage tomato salad with caper berries, well there was no sauce or capers, only dry rocket with 4 tomatos there. Warm Kale salad, was the nicest, but still nothing special. Lobster Mac & Cheese, I think they have forgotten to add the lobster big time. Crab Cakes, terrible fishy taste. Blue Cheese Polenta, nice texture, truffle flavour but by the time it arrived, my tastebuds were on strike. Another trendy place to be, where the food and the place sounds better then it tastes. Shame, had high expectations for this place. Will not come back.
quickly becoming my regular. me and my friends usually love to go to places in the area like bistrotechque, but mr.buckley's offers a welcome alternative. as i always have food envy, dinner here was perfect as everything is designed for sharing - the warm kale salad was especially good, as was the blue cheese polenta which was melt in the mouth buttery truffley goodness. the chefs here really know what they're doing, not to mention the friendly barmen who recommended us some excellent cocktails [the buckley's grog and the gin fizz] which we sampled whilst perusing the menu. all round great night. thank you mr.buckley's!
I walk past this place every day and curiosity had finally got the better of me. And I'm so glad it did. We were greeted by the owner and were made to feel welcome and comfortable throughout the evening with regular visits from the friendly and efficient waiting staff. 5 stars for ambience and atmosphere. 5 stars for the quality of food, so refreshing to go to a place where nothing seems deep fried or greasy, and thankfully NO CHIPS! Great place to go for drinks at the bar pre-dinner or post-feast (open till 2am!)
Fantastic night out. I loved the tasty small shared plates, the pecan cheesecake and the Gin Fizz cocktail - delicious! Thoroughly recommend it.
Mr Buckley's is a breath of fresh air to what was becoming a very stale and boring East London culinary circuit. Interesting dishes (no burgers, thankfully!) with different influences from around the globe that excite and satisfy. The staff are friendly and attentive, the ambience spot on with low lighting and simple wood panelling. We took our party downstairs to the late licence bar after for some Old Fashioneds... the perfect end to a lovely meal!
I've been here a few times now since it opened, All occations have been 1st class. Happy, welcoming and attentative staff that don't lurk around behind you. Little tea lights cast dancing shadows over exposed brick walls and simplified decor, Accomapnied by well selected background music. Also got some good spotlessly clean facilities. The smaller plates meant each dish came out slightly staggered, but this gives ample time to enjoy each carefully thought out and balanced dish. Lobster Mac and Cheese is great concidering i'm not a fan of lobster. It boasts the taste with out too much of the texture. The Lamb Cutlets are mouth watering. Quality not quantiity and reasonably priced with a stripped wine menu that you could play with and pair to each dish if you felt inclined. Id recommened it for a date!
We have been to Mr Buckleys on three occasions for brunch. Each time we tried something new and each time the food was excellent. The skillet breakfast was particularly good. The service is always attentive and it's been an interesting buzz and nice crowd. All in all a great, new local place.
I'd heard a lot about Mr Buckleys and thought it was time to see for myself. I was thoroughly impressed with the brunch and so booked for dinner. There were a few of us and so we tasted most of the menu, which proved to be original and delicious. Staff were on the ball and welcoming, as was the atmosphere. I have no doubt they'll do very well, there's nothing nearly as good on Hackney Road.