Tom Brown to close his Cornerstone flagship after six years trading

By Joe Lutrario

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Tom Brown to close his Cornerstone flagship after six years trading

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Tom Brown is to close his Michelin-starred Cornerstone citing the high running costs of a tasting menu restaurant and ‘changing tastes in diners’ preferences’.

The 36-cover Hackney Wick seafood restaurant launched in 2018​ and won a Michelin star in 2021. 

Brown says his energy is now ‘best directed’ toward his newest opening, Pearly Queen, the relaxed oyster and fish restaurant in Shoreditch, which opened at the end of last year. 

“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,” Brown says.

“As well as being my home for the past six 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!”

Originally from Cornwall, Tom Brown worked in various restaurants around the South West including those of Rick Stein before he met Nathan Outlaw. 

Brown started working for Outlaw at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock where he quickly worked up the ranks to head chef.

After three years, he moved to London to work as head chef at Outlaw's eponymous restaurant at The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, where he retained its Michelin star. 

An exact closing date for the Prince Edward Road restaurant has yet to be set, with guests directed to Cornerstone's Instagram account for updates.

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