The Russet

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The philosophy of The Russet, located at Hackney Downs Studio, is to provide local people with good food at reasonable prices as well as to provide a creative space for holistic education for the wider community.

The interior of the venue is simple with the focus being on the diverse events put on throughout the week, such as CINE-REAL, a non-for-profit film night and Jam Sandwich, an eclectic line up of live art, music and spoken poetry.

The food is healthy and homely and the drinks menu consists of a good range of seasonal cocktails, craft beer and fine wines. It's clear that The Russet is one venue where profit is put on the back burner and the customer is at the forefront and as such it attracts a laidback local crowd. The bar closes relatively early so it would be great for a chilled drink before hitting some of the Dalston bars or clubs in Hackney.


Door Charge may apply
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Stoke Newington


Day Open Close Notes
08:30 22:30
08:30 22:30
08:30 22:30
08:30 22:30
08:30 23:30
10:00 23:30
10:00 16:30


The Russet
Hackney Downs Studios Amhurst Terrace, London, E8 2BT

North London

Nearest station:
Rectory Road (Rail)
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Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.90
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £3.50
Cocktail £8.00
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £8.00
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.75
Bottle of House Wine £16.00

A word from the chef:
The Russet focuses on providing good food to locals at reasonable prices. Their menu changes seasonally and is sourced from local suppliers. Evening options include rabbit and Jerusalem artichoke stew (£4.50) and goat's cheese, grape and walnut crostini (£2.50) as well as cheap 'no frills' dining options.

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The Russet is definitely one of those places where you can tell the staff are doing it for enjoyment rather than money. Food is cheap and cheerful and there's always a great friendly crowd. Their special events are always a good laugh and have a good turn out as well..
by on April 2nd, 2013

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