Best Sunday Lunch – our favourite places in and around E17

A classic British Sunday roast is one of our favourite meals of the week – it’s comforting and satisfying and marks out the weekend as special. And this must be a shared passion as it’s such a frequent search on this blog. So here’s our Walthamstow (used as a broad, sweeping geographical area anywhere around E17) ‘Best Sunday Lunch’. Maybe you’ll disagree with the order, and the inclusion of some places, or the ones you think are missing – but this is our list:

The Bell This ranks as our number one. It’s our local pub and the portions are really generous at a decent price. The Sunday roast today was lovely, 6 vegetables including fantastic parsnip crisps, Cyprus potato roasties and enormous homemade Yorkshire puddings. A choice of beef & horseradish, pork loin, garlic & thyme chicken supreme, roast lamb or veggie nut roast – all for £10 to £13. In the past they’ve been more adventurous – hopefully the venison will be back again this winter. They serve roasts all day on a Sunday but they also have burgers, pasta and sharing board options. There’s a vast range of draft and bottled craft beers, wines by the bottle or glass, and soft drinks. There’s a choice of puds and a cheeseboard. The place is packed by 12.30pm including the lovely garden area in the summer. (617 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4NE Tel: 020 8523 2277)

20150823_135145Eat17 Gets packed on a Sunday but they don’t take reservations so it’s best to get there early – there’s always the bar area for hanging around with the Sunday papers. The beef is served pink and comes with all the trimmings, and the pork loin with crackling is always excellent. A roast costs around £12 to £14. Starters include lovely homemade fishcakes. Good wine and drinks list, and a choice of teas and coffee. (28-30 Orford Road, Walthamstow, E17 9NJ Tel: 020 8521 5279)

20130224_130817The Castle Another good option in the village. Bustling with Sunday drinkers and diners, they take reservations but save some tables for walk-ins, lunch is served 12 to 4pm. The Sunday options often include roast beef, pork, stuffed half chicken, nut roast with lovely tomato gravy or a tasty fish option. Roasts cost between £10 and £14 and come with a massive homemade Yorkie. Starters include soup or pate, and for those going for the full 3 courses there’s a range of desserts. Wines start from £15 a bottle with a great choice of real ales too. Loads of Sunday papers, log fires in the winter or a sunny backyard in the summer. (15 Grosvenor Rise East, Walthamstow, E17 9LB Tel: 020 8509 8095)

20150531_121624Marmelo Kitchen in Leyton is one of our new favourite restaurants for weekend brunch, Sunday roasts and a Friday & Saturday dinner menu of small plates with a Mediterranean slant. Modern, stripped back decor and communal table dining with quirky mismatched crockery. Sunday lunch (£11-14) offers innovative meat dishes such as braised beef in red wine, lemon & oregano chicken, and salt cured belly pork. But more exciting are the excellent fish and veggie options served up with Yorkshire puds and all the trimmings. We loved the roast pollock fillet and this baked butternut squash stuffed with quinoa, green beans, asparagus & sunblush tomato creme fraiche. Bottled local craft beers and soft drinks; wines by the bottle or glass. It gets really busy so booking is essential. Lovely desserts including slices of homemade lemon or chocolate tarts. (69 Francis Road, Leyton, E10 6NT Tel: 020 3620 7580)

20150705_132844Hornbeam Cafe We’re throwing this one in as the wildcard alternative for Sunday lunch. It’s fantastic for vegetarian and vegan bargain dishes. Open on Sundays 12-4pm, this local organic cafe, serves up a comforting bowl of lentil dal, rice & onion pickle for only £3.80 or this bean, mushroom & nut burger with flatbread and seasonal salad for £6. They offer a fantastic local Glider Cider, organic wine and beers and a range of coffees & teas. You should also try the famous vegan Saturday brunch. Lovely cakes often including vegan and gluten free options. (458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH Tel: 020 8558 6880)

20150712_150519Mussel Men in Dalston Junction serve the perfect Seafood Roast Platter. A monster tower including mussels, clams, prawns, langoustines, tempura-battered soft shell crab and cheesy Rockefeller oysters. It’s served with Sunday roast trimmings of fat chips, mini Yorkshire puddings and veggies. £20 pp for min 2 people and outrageously delicious! (584 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AH Tel: 020 3490 9040)

20140525_141532The Rose & Crown Finally with no illusion of being a gastropub, this Sunday roast is a proper home-cooked plateful served up by the landlord Bun ‘nearly every Sunday’ (according to their website). A choice of pink roast beef, lamb, chicken or nut roast with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puds and buttered veggies at a decent price of around £10. An excellent choice of real ales, ciders and wines. (53 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4SA Tel: 020 8509 3880)

20150614_131523So there you have it – this is our list. There’s others we could add, Le Delice cafe do a bargain Sunday roast for less than £7 which is always popular. We’ve heard good reports about the Village Kitchen and the Queen’s Arms too, but we’ve not tried them out yet. Wherever you go, if you find somewhere we’ve missed, let us know…

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