Bare Brew - Love, sweat and tears! Meet the couple behind Wanstead’s loveliest café!


Bare Brew Wanstead

Bare Brew – Wanstead’s award-winning café - is a real family affair.

When Lisa Hampson-Isteed quit her job as a sound engineer in reality TV shows to set up a business with her fitness instructor wife Gemma, their families were right behind them.

Lisa’s dad (an engineer) made the tables out of old scaffolding planks, Gemma’s mum made the cushions out of coffee sacks, and the whole family mucked in and helped with the painting.

The business recently won Time Out’s Best Coffee Spot Award and was runner up for the Brunch Spot. The food is delicious – with Lisa cooking up a storm in the kitchen (check out her homemade Chilli Jam and veggie stack with halloumi, avocado and sourdough) or, if you want something less healthy, their French Toast is delicious.