We have waited, nagged, watched and waited some more and finally The Bell is serving food from today and we were there for their first night!
Our food wasn’t without inaugural hiccups, but we were impressed with the quality of the products and flavours. I can see this being a really good place for a Sunday roast, a burger and beer night or the full gastro blow-out 3 course dinner with wine.
They have their full menu here
We set off with ‘Spicy sweet potato and squash cakes’ – couldn’t detect where the spinach had disappeared to and both the chilli and the aioli need a bit more kick. We found these too sweet overall.
More successful were ‘Smoked ham hock and cheddar croquettes’. This was a massive portion, served with a surprising hot pea and spinach sauce. Pea and ham genius.
Next was the Bell burger and the steak and chips with a great herby butter. The meat tasted really good quality but no one could tell us where it was sourced from. The plan was medium rare but both dishes came out too cold the first time. They were quickly replaced and were more successful. Staff were eager and attentive, and made up for the problematic mains with the offer of a delicious peach Bellini (pun intended I assume!). Once the first few days are over and the chef settles into the kitchen, this will be a great addition to the E17 eating out choices.
The Bell, 617 Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4NE
Tel: 020 8523 2277