This was quite a controversial post when we published it in January last year. We didn’t realise how passionate our readers are about their favourite weekend takeaway places. Well one year later things have changed in the Stow with more eateries than ever and of course more takeaway places. We still haven’t been to Bonners – stop shouting please! – despite your cry that they are the best fish and chip shop in Walthamstow. We have however listened to your number one Thai recommendation – O’Cha Thai and really regret not trying their food sooner – we’ve definitely been missing out.
As you’ll see, we have dusted off our original Top Ten recommends, added a few more and removed two places. Food safety is extremely important to us, so we try to only recommend places with a 3 plus Food Hygiene Rating score as awarded by the Food Standards Agency, the regulatory body for the food industry. We have added the FSA score next to each place listed to give more confidence in our recommendations and save you having to check!
These are our own personal choices and in no particular order.
O’Cha Thai 60 Billet Road, E17 5DN, 5 score FSA
A popular, well recommended place delivering fragrant Thai dishes using good quality ingredients. Portions are on the small side, so order lots if you’re starving!
Five Star Fish Bar, 442 Forest Road, E17 4PY, 4 score FSA
Really like this friendly fish bar. They have haddock to order, lunchtime specials and freshly cooked chips.
Le Delice, 114 Hoe Street, E17 4QR, 5 score FSA
Good pizza, grills and tagines. Loads of lovely cakes and they specialise in made to order birthday cakes. We especially like the Pizza Le Delice – goats cheese, mushroom, spinach, artichoke and sun-dried tomatoes. Free delivery over £10.
Razmins, 22 Hoe Street,E17 4PH, 5 score FSA
Good Indian takeaway – tandooris, biryani and all your favourite curries. Very popular with our friends. Collection and delivery.
Peppe’s Pizza Rose & Crown pub, 53 Hoe Street, E17 4SA, 5 score FSA
Still a favourite despite the wait, and probably the best pizza in the Stow! A mobile stall outside the pub with a real wood-fired oven. Large, handmade authentic Italian pizza. Good selection of classic and gourmet choices from £5-£8 including our favourite Mamma Rosaria – asparagus, artichoke, speck ham, parmigiana plus truffle oil. Weds, Thurs & Fri from 7pm. Wait and collect only – or eat it in the pub!
New Dragon Inn 57 Hoe Street, E17 4SA, 5 score FSA
Next door to the Rose & Crown. Chinese takeaway menu including tofu and vegetable dishes. The roast duck with vegetables is particularly good. Dishes between £5-£8. Dinner boxes are excellent value for money. The food is fresh and hot. Open 7 days a week from 5pm. Collection takes about 10 minutes, delivery in about 40 mins.
Woo Lot 592 Lea Bridge Road, E10 7DN, 5 score FSA
Well, yes technically it is just over the road into Leyton at Bakers Arms. Wide range of Chinese dishes, cheap (around £5), big portions, efficient service and friendly staff. Eat-in or takeaway. (Not to be confused with Woo on Forest Road) Open 12 – late, Mon-Sat, from 4pm on Sun. Delivery from 5.30pm.
Teras 117 Wood Street, E17 3LL, 3 score FSA
Family-run Turkish charcoal BBQ restaurant and takeaway. Lovely homemade dishes, cooked freshly to order including meze, pide, grilled kebabs and oven-baked dishes. Friendly and welcoming staff and beautiful decor reminiscent of a night out in Istanbul. Main dishes from £7 including bread and salad. Open daily from 12 noon.
Istanbul 154 Hoe Street, E17 4QH, 5 score FSA
Another good authentic Turkish restaurant and takeaway. Homemade daily stews, lamacun and set-price lunches. Good range of grilled meats including a counter full of fresh kebabs and 2 doners. Ice-cream parlour attached. ‘Best Kebab Shop of the Year’ Finalist in the British Kebab Awards 2013.
Neelam’s Sweet Centre 492 Hoe Street, E17 9AH, 4 score FSA
Near Baker’s Arms end of Hoe Street. Wide range of homemade sweets, jalebi and kulfi. We rave for the vegetable pakoras bought by weight. Vegetable curries for takeaway or eat-in. Open daily from lunch time.
Central Chick Cottage 230 Hoe Street, E17 3AY, 4 score FSA
Popular for chicken and chips, but we come here for the Mauritian and Indian curries. Chicken, lamb, vegetable curries and dhal from £3-4.50. Weekend biryani specials. Fresh naan bread baked in the tandoori oven only 50p each. Open daily until late.
The Brothers Fish Bar 122 Wood Street, E17 3HX, 5 score FSA
Serving fresh fish and chips in Wood Street for 50 years. Good quality and traditional – they peel and chip their own potatoes and serve fresh battered fish. Decent prices and friendly service. Opening hours Mon-Sat, 12-9pm.
Out of E17 but worth mentioning for the quality and they deliver to E17:
- The Tiffin Tin 4 Station Parade, High Street, Wanstead, E11 1QF, 5 score FSA
Real Indian dishes, first-class quality takeaway – even Giles Coren raves for their food!
- Sumo Fresh 141 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL, 5 score FSA
Japanese restaurant serving fresh sushi and traditional dishes. Free delivery on orders over £20.
If your favourite takeaway’s missing from our list, let us know and we’ll try to check it out.