Chef Tom Brown announces the upcoming closure of Cornerstone, Hackney, after 6 years of trading. The famed fish restaurant, which gained stardom and a celebrity following for Tom’s innovative style of seasonal, produce driven cooking putting fish centre stage served in a relaxed setting. Cult dishes such as the crab crumpets and hake Kiev, won universal acclaim and a coveted Michelin star. 

Citing the high running costs of a tasting menu concept, and changing tastes in diners’ preferences, Tom feels now his energy is best directed to his newest opening, Pearly Queen, the relaxed oyster and fish restaurant in Shoreditch, which opened in November 2024 to critical acclaim.  

“Cornerstone has been my proudest moment, and it still fills my heart with pride to reflect on what it represents for me, the people who have worked here, and those we have had the pleasure of serving.  As well as being my home for the last 6 years, it has been a place where I have had the privilege of working with some of London’s greatest talent including head chef, James Toth, and  Kelly Cullen. 

Now, I’m excited about the future of Pearly Queen and what we’re doing there and exploring new projects in the future too! “ 

Keep tuned to Cornerstone’s instagram,  for details on thier last service and closing events. 


Sam Allcock, a seasoned entrepreneur with over two decades of expertise in Food & Drink Editorial.

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