The Stow has more eateries and takeaways than ever before – of course we don’t claim to have tried them all. There’s now rumours of Hoe Street finding space for a Yard Sale Pizza, a new Brioche Burger and a Chicken Town. So we’ve dusted off our Top Takeaways list and added, removed or updated a few places.
These are our current favourites (in no particular order), you don’t have to agree, but they might inspire you to try out somewhere new on Friday night.
Pizza Toto, 88 High Street, E17 7LD,
New authentic Italian pizza and pasta restaurant hidden away on the High Street. They were doing a roaring trade on pizza delivery when we were there recently. Friendly service, large handmade pizzas, cheap prices, but no alcohol license or FSA score published yet.
Jerk Hut, 257 Hoe Street, E17 9PT, 5 score FSA
Delicious, fresh Caribbean food, delivery or eat-in. We’ve only recently been tempted in to try their fantastic jerk chicken with coconut-rich rice & peas. We’ve been missing out! Meal deals from £5 for 3 chicken wings and 2 sides.
Sodo Pizza Cafe, Hatherley Mews, E17 4QP,
Another fantastic pizza place, but unfortunately this is eat-in or collection only. Daily, innovative and unusual meat and veggie specials. Sourdough pizza fresh from the giant wood-burning oven. Great antipasti, desserts and drinks selection too. Again, their FSA score doesn’t seem to be available yet.
Peppe’s Pizza 24-26 Orford Road, E17 9NJ
Now moved from the Rose & Crown pub to the Spar in the village, but still serving one of the best pizzas in the Stow. Handmade authentic Italian pizza with a good selection of classic and gourmet choices including our favourite Mamma Rosaria – asparagus, artichoke, speck ham and Parmesan with added truffle oil.
New Dragon Inn 57 Hoe Street, E17 4SA, 5 score FSA
Next door to the Rose & Crown pub. Reliable Chinese takeaway including tofu, prawn and vegetable dishes. The roast duck with vegetables is a favourite. Dinner boxes are excellent value. Food tastes fresh and hot, cooked to order. Collection or delivery.
Yakamoz BBQ restaurant, 18 High Street, E17 7LD, 5 score FSA
Tasty and well-presented Turkish charcoal grilled kebabs, pide (pizza) and a large range of meze dishes. Friendly service and the option of eat-in or takeaway. The usual free salads and bread. Licensed restaurant, decent priced drinks list.
Fresh Nan Bakery, 143 High Street, E17 7DB (opposite Sainsbury’s) 4 score FSA
This tiny, hole in the wall bakery has extended into the next door shop and now has a charcoal grill, pizza oven and small seating area. Still amazingly cheap for their take on kebab rolls, falafel wraps, calzone and lahmacun pizza. Hot, loud and rammed with folk jostling for fresh 4 for £1 nan bread straight from the tandoor oven.
O’Cha Thai, 60 Billet Road, E17 5DN, 4 score FSA
Popular Thai takeaway, delivering fragrant, authentic 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, 3 score FSA
Friendly fish and chip shop opposite the William Morris Gallery – ideal for grabbing a bag of chips for a stroll round the park. They have haddock to order which as Northerners we appreciate, lunchtime specials and freshly cooked chips.
Woo Lot 592 Lea Bridge Road, E10 7DN, 4 score FSA
Well, yes technically it is just over the road into Leyton at Bakers Arms. Wide range of Chinese dishes, cheap, big portions, efficient service and friendly staff. Eat-in or takeaway. (Not to be confused with Woo on Forest Road)
Teras 117 Wood Street, E17 3LL, 5 score FSA
Family-run Turkish charcoal BBQ restaurant and takeaway. Lovely homemade food, cooked freshly to order including meze, pide, kebabs and oven-baked dishes. Friendly staff and beautiful decor. Dishes from £7 including bread & salads. Open daily from 12.
The Brothers Fish Bar 122 Wood Street, E17 3HX, 5 score FSA
Frying 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.
Hermanos Mexicanos, 58 Hoe St, London E17 4PG, 5 score FSA
… And more brothers – Mexican ones this time. Serving the “biggest, baddest burritos” and other Mexican street food. Takeaway and delivery only. Enormous portions – we can easily share a burrito. Great lunchtime deals, lovely homemade salads & sauces, friendly and helpful service.
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
A rarity – real Indian dishes. Fresh, healthy, first-class quality takeaway.
- Sumo Fresh, 141 High Street, Wanstead, E11 2RL, 5 score FSA
Japanese restaurant serving handmade sushi and traditional dishes. Free delivery on orders over £20.