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“London's Best Brunch - A Hidden Gem”
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Ranked #1,705 of 22,692 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$64
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Formans' restaurant is based in the smokehouse of H.Forman & Son, the world's oldest salmon smokers. As well as having a viewing gallery into the smokehouse - a la Willy Wonka - the views out of the restaurant window to the Olympic Park are unrivalled. The food is the finest quality British gastronomy served in an informal setting. The wine list is exclusively English and all-British spirits are served from the bar. Forman's Restaurant has a delightful terrace and outdoor riverside lounge as well as a spectacular 1000sq ft art gallery which can be hired for private events.
London, United Kingdom
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“London's Best Brunch - A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

We stumbled over Foremans whilst visiting the new QEII Olympic Park - a short walk from the edge of the park near Hackney Wick (which is home to other great venues such as Crate Brewery & Muff Cafe).

We got there in time for a Sunday Brunch (served until 2pm) and obviously had to go for the smoked salmon dishes and a glass of English Champagne! Excellent dining space with a fantastic view of the stadium and River Lee Navigation Channel. I would vote it my London's Best Brunch and the rest of the menu looks great too!

As others warn, it is hard to find, located in the backstreets of an old industrial area with lots of run down buildings but right next to the canal.

http://www.formans.co.uk/restaurant/

  • Visited April 2014
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“It takes some finding - but well worth it”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Buried in an industrial estate at Forman's Smoke House in East London, it is hidden away (make sure to use a SatNav), but we got a great Sunday lunch welcome and parking help from the doorman on arrival. The dining room is a revelation with a great glass window looking out over the River Lee to the Olympic Stadium and Park. After a delicious glass of sparkling English wine (the whole list is English wines) we really enjoyed the starters, first class Forman's smoked salmon, followed by delicious lamb for me and fish for others, washed down with more English white wine. The whole experience is well worth a trip. Pleasant waiting staff - and finish off your lunch or early evening dinner with coffee on the terrace looking out on the river and the stadium. Also, if you are there during the working week, you can observe the fish smoking process from a closed viewing gallery overlooking the smoke house.

  • Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Salmon fit for a king”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

loved the smoked salmon in fact all the dishes on the menu are mouthwateringly delicious. the staff are very attentive and between courses you can watch them prepare the salmon through the portholes and it is spotlessly clean

Visited February 2014
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Epping, United Kingdom
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“My sons last dinner”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We recently visit on a clients recommendation and having seen it on the news before the Olympic stadium had been built. (yes it has taken me that long to get there) we travelled by train which I'm not sure I would do at night as you have to walk through an industrial estate to get there.
We went for Sunday lunch and it was excellent lots of fish and lots of meat. Beautify presented and just as great to eat. Can highly recommend the treacle pudding and there was a great selection of local London beer. The view is fantastic, looking out at the Olympic Stadium and the canal runs next to it. Service was excellent too.
Definitely go back maybe to try an evening menu.

  • Visited January 2014
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“Wonderful brunch and lunch place next to Olympic Park”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

This is a newish place - the very old established East End Fish smokery business relocated when the Olympic Park was built. When they built the new factory they put in a bar, restaurant and gallery which is available for hire.

If you are into smoked salmon and other smoked fish, fishcakes, eggs, and other sorts of stuff like that then this is the place for you. But they do have meat dishes as well and a full on breakfast. Very high quaility ingredients - they supply to top end supermarkets, many hotels and restaurants. I had delicous smoked haddock fishcake and poached egg, my wife had smoked salmon and poached eggs for a Saturday brunch. Good wine list and excellent bottled cider. You have views over the canal and the Olympic stadium.

You can eat in the resturant or be more casual in the bar. They need slightly more staff, but I think its a bit of a start up and they are probably still getting that right.

Near to Hackney Wick station but plenty of car parking. Don't be put off by the area - it hasn't been fully gentrified yet but has bags of character as a result - a walk along the canal bring you to all sorts of interesting slightly grungy places! And there are some very alternative looking boats on the Lea Valley canal! And why not? We rocked up at a microbrewery a mile down the canal when we had a walk after brunch, had a beer and waked back.

Go soon before it gets too popular!

  • Visited January 2014
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