Former market traders make their mark with Chatsworth Road bar

East End market traders Adam Bernstein and Ben Murtagh dreamed of escaping the cold and pursuing their passion for food and coffee.

Now they run Bernstein’s, one of Clapton’s most popular bars – bringing a taste of Jewish and Middle Eastern cuisine and East London’s finest beers and spirits to Chatsworth Road.

Adam, who used to co-run Victorian-inspired street food business What the Dickens, said: “By 2015 I was beginning to get a bit sick of the markets and having to be outdoors in all weathers and I wanted to do more around the food I grew up with.

“I had a dream of opening a deli serving pickled herring and other appetitsers; the type of food you’d find in a Jewish food parlour where people buy ready-to-eat food on Saturdays, when they’re not allowed to cook. But when we found the place on Chatsworth Road I knew that wouldn’t’ work – the street needed a place to have a drink and a small bite to eat.”

He and Ben, who ran a coffee stall called Black Box, have created their dream bar/restaurant, where you can have a few drinks and order plates of food to share. Adam’s mother Bobbie makes her legendary cheese