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About walthamstowfoodies

We have a passion for good food – bought locally, cooked simply and shared with friends in Walthamstow, London and beyond

We found Kitty! Amazing Thai food

This post title won’t make sense to most people. But if you’ve been following this blog for a few years, then you might remember that way-back in September 2012 we posted about our search for Kitty She was the front of … Continue reading

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Top Takeaways in and around E17

  Always a contentious post – we’ve updated our Top Takeaways list again. These are our current favourites, some you’ll know, others might be new. Of course we had to start with… PIZZA   Sodo Pizza Cafe, Hatherley Mews, E17 4QP Fantastic … Continue reading

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Peruvian adventures in Seven Sisters

  If this weather has you dreaming of hot sunshine and tropical beaches, instead of booking the first flight to Rio, jump on the tube to Seven Sisters at the weekend for a taste of Latino life. Directly outside the … Continue reading

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Busy down at the Bakers Arms…

It’s been busy recently with new shops opening down at the Bakers Arms end of Hoe Street. The vegan Hornbeam cafe has just re-opened, and in contrast there’s a new Brazilian butchers with enticing products including tropical frozen fruit pulp, … Continue reading

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A slice of Sardinia – the Italian Bakery at Le Delice

Summer may feel a long way off, but for a slice of Italian sunshine head to Hoe Street. It’s exciting times in January in the Stow with the opening of the new Lidl’s store and the Italian Bakery at Le … Continue reading

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Ferry Boat Inn – down at the Walthamstow Wetlands

I still find it hard to believe that just one bus stop beyond Blackhorse Road or Tottenham Hale station is the Walthamstow Wetlands – Europe’s largest urban wildlife and wetland area, an amazing ‘get away’ to nature right on our … Continue reading

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St Gabriel Ethiopian Delicatessen, Finsbury Park

It’s January – so you’re likely to be skint and promising yourself that you’ll be healthy, vegan, and off the booze for a month. So I’ll let you into a secret – our favourite Ethiopian cafe, not too far away, … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club: dates & themes for 2018

photos© www.goodwinphotography.co.uk The concept for the E17 Cook Book Club is simple: it’s a foodie social evening, everyone brings some food to share and their cook book inspiration (plus a £3 contribution to cover costs). We eat, talk and have fun. … Continue reading

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New Turkish restaurant: Wood Oven BBQ – Hoe Street, Walthamstow

The stretch of Hoe Street between Walthamstow Central station and Queen’s Road seems to be having a revival. First came the Chinese Uyghur noodles place; followed by coffee and waffle shop Bru, and then Indian teashop Chaiiwala. Finally last week … Continue reading

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Top 5 Favourites: Liverpool

We stayed in Liverpool for a few days recently and enjoyed exploring the foodie scene. Here’s our Top 5 Recommends: 1 – for Coffee: The whole Third Wave, designer coffee shop culture is hitting Liverpool right now, meaning better coffee and … Continue reading

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Syrian Night – E17 Cook Book Club

Thanks to everyone who came along to the fantastic ‘E17 Cook Book Club’ in September at The Bell pub.  It was Syrian Night, with £100 raised for the Syrian Supper Club – Hands Up Foundation. My really simple recipe from … Continue reading

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Hotel-Breakfast at the William Morris Gallery Tea room

    The sunny William Morris Gallery Tea room is one of our favourite hide-away places. For anyone who’s not been before, it’s a lovely place to take visitors and family for tea and cakes overlooking the gardens, after an arty afternoon in the gallery. But recently … Continue reading

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New opening: Tuyo, Broadway Market, Hackney

Tuyo is a sunny, bright and airy Mediterranean restaurant with an Eastern slant. It opened in July just by the canal on Broadway Market in Hackney. We read the early reviews and excitedly booked a table, and after wandering the food stalls of Netil Market … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club – new dates & themes

© www.goodwinphotography.co.uk The themes (there’s been some changes) for the next few dates: Wednesday 28 June – 8.30pm at The Bell, ‘Your favourite chef’  Wednesday 26 July – 8.30pm at The Bell, ‘ Scandinavian’ NEW DATE: Wednesday 23 Aug – 8.30pm at The Bell, ‘South … Continue reading

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Farang – get there quick!

We stumbled across Farang during a weekend walk from Finsbury Park to Highbury, and after drooling over the menu we booked a table for Sunday lunch. This was a good move – they’re currently serving some of the best Thai food in … Continue reading

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Wood St Coffee – and that bacon sarnie!

  Wood St Coffee started life a few years ago as a pop-up at Wood Street Market (hence the name). Now it’s a designer independent coffee shop in Walthamstow’s Blackhorse Workshop serving specialty coffee, cakes, breakfasts and lunches and a weekend brunch. … Continue reading

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A new food experience – Etles Uyghur Restaurant

We’re always up for trying something new, and Etles Uyghur Restaurant is definitely that. Recently opened in the former Ming Chinese restaurant on Hoe Street, close to Walthamstow Central station, this is one of the first Uyghur (or Uighur) restaurants in London. … Continue reading

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Our Top Takeaways in Walthamstow – updated March 2017

Walthamstow has more eateries and takeaways than ever before – of course we don’t claim to have tried them all. There’s now rumours of a Chicken Town, a new Turkish restaurant and BoxPark! So we’ve updated our Top Takeaways list again: Top Takeaways … Continue reading

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The Big Pink Pizza Oven – a sneaky peek at Yard Sale Pizza, Walthamstow

    This week we were invited to the press preview night of Yard Sale Pizza’s new adventure in Walthamstow. Like nosy neighbours, we’ve been peeking in through the windows of the Old Glass Factory on Hoe Street for a few … Continue reading

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Happy Chinese New Year at Sheng High

  Happy Chinese New Year – welcome to Year of the Rooster! Have you tried Sheng High at the E17 Village Market? Felix Tse has been cooking outdoors every Saturday since October, and he’s still there braving the freezing January temperatures … Continue reading

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Taste of Sichuan, Walthamstow

Following various fiery experiences at London Sichuan restaurants including ‘My Old Place’ and ‘Sichuan Folk’ in Spitalfields, this peppery Chinese cooking was a cuisine I wanted to explore but was slightly scared of. A few months ago, Taste of Sichuan moved into … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at Yard Sale Pizza Walthamstow

It’s probably quite well known that Clapton’s Yard Sale are bringing their artisan pizzas to Hoe Street, Walthamstow next month (February 2017). They already have two other branches and were the winner of Time Out’s ‘Most Loved Restaurant’ in the … Continue reading

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A night of Mirth! (Marvel & Maud)

  After a recent review in Time Out, and one year after their pop-up opening nights in December 2015, it’s time to post about Mirth, Marvel & Maud – for any non-locals, this is a renovated old 1930’s cinema in the heart of Walthamstow. … Continue reading

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Fame at last!

  We are thrilled that the E17 Cook Book Club was featured this month in the December EList – special thanks to Silvana Gambini for writing the piece and also to The Bell who continue to be our wonderful hosts. Hopefully it … Continue reading

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Bombetta – a little flavour explosion in Snaresbrook

Newly opened in August 2016 right next to Snaresbrook tube station Bombetta is already popular with critics, locals and foodies. Their Puglian small plates are pretty special. We booked for a Saturday lunchtime and the restaurant was packed, with only the counter running alongside the kitchen left for … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club – dates & themes for 2017

The E17 Cook Book Club has been meeting up for two years in November… so many happy memories, so much cooking, and so much cake! It’s been lovely meeting new people and making new friends. We meet at The Bell … Continue reading

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and now for Vilnius, Lithuania…

After a week in Latvia we boarded the Lux Express coach in Riga for a 4 hour trip across miles of farming countryside to Vilnius, the diminutive capital city of Lithuania. It’s a beautiful city, with lots of historical quarters, … Continue reading

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Latvian food experience – Riga restaurants & markets

When people asked “where are you going on holiday?” and we’ve replied “Latvia and Lithuania”, there’s invariably been a pause… then.. “oh… why?” and it wasn’t a simple question to answer. It all started with a TimeOut article about the … Continue reading

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Mora – a local Sardinian love affair

True love was declared on a Saturday afternoon in Leytonstone. The object of affection is the Sardinian restaurant Mora situated just past Leytonstone Overground and the fantastically good Thai restaurant Singburi. I was a little disappointed that this announcement of … Continue reading

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Little Saigon – Leytonstone

At the Green Man end of Leytonstone High Road, amongst the delights of Matalan, Wetherspoons and McDonalds, there are some great new foodie places including the Wild Goose Bakery for a delicious brunch, All You Read is Love – Danish … Continue reading

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Foodie Heroes – lunch with Claudia Roden & Jose Pizarro

One of the first cook books we ever bought was a battered, old copy from Oxfam of Claudia Roden’s, ‘A New Book of Middle Eastern Food’. Published in 1968, it changed the way we ate in Britain by introducing humous, … Continue reading

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A whirlwind of restaurants

  Recently life has felt like being caught-up in a whirlwind – we’ve been battered and blown along, and in the process eaten out far too many times, breakfast, lunch and dinner. So here’s a quick snapshot from our tour … Continue reading

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Walthamstow Wild Garlic Pesto

What’s this? Wild Garlic!… well, I say wild, it grows in pots in a shady corner of our little back garden in Walthamstow annually from March until about June. After a bit of googling to make sure I wasn’t poisoning … Continue reading

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Gökyüzü Chingford – Turkish restaurant

  We love Turkish food, however on a cold, dreary Monday night as we pulled the car off the roaring North Circular into a dark, pot-holed carpark, one of the Walthamstowfoodies expressed concerns that we were going to be the … Continue reading

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Diwana Bhel Poori House, Euston

The Diwana Bhel Poori House restaurant on Drummond Street in Euston is an Indian institution, loved by locals, tourists, vegetarians and bargain seeking students and cheap-eaters. It’s been years since I last visited, but a couple of weeks ago I … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club

  The E17 Cook Book Club is a foodie social evening, everyone brings some food to share and their cook book inspiration (plus a £3 contribution to cover costs). We eat, talk and have fun. The themes, chefs and recipe … Continue reading

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Wok a week! A visit to Hoo Hing & new cookbook from Ching-He Huang

It’s been a funny old week with a Chinese theme. It started with a Stow-at-home day on Tuesday when we decided to try out the restaurant in the Hoo Hing Chinese supermarket hidden on a trading estate in Leyton. Maybe … Continue reading

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Sodo Pizza Cafe E17

We usually wait until a new restaurant has gone through their teething problems before we step over their newly polished door step. But we threw out the rule book when it came to Sodo Pizza Cafe who opened on Friday, … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club goes monthly!

We have some very exciting news about this year’s E17 Cook Book Club. We are going monthly! The last Wednesday of every month to be precise – starting February – not the next one which remains on 20 January. Last … Continue reading

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And now the other end of the market – St James’ Street food stalls

After writing all about the changes on Hoe Street, this week I took a walk down the market to St James’ street and discovered some exciting foodie stalls I can’t wait to check out. It was too early for lunch … Continue reading

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The changing face of Hoe Street E17

  Hoe Street has for a long time been a bleak, bus-choked thoroughfare, famous for a disused cinema and numerous estate agents, Algerian coffee shops, indistinguishable fried chicken shops, working men’s clubs, hairdressers, tattoo shops and Turkish supermarkets. It’s a … Continue reading

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Baby it’s cold outside! … quick Thai sausage stir-fry

When it’s cold, wet and dark outside it’s time for comfort food, the stuff that warms you up with a big foodie hug. And for me that means chilli and sausages! So a trip to Parsons butchers lead to this … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club – It’s Christmas!

The concept for the E17 Cook Book Club is simple: it’s a foodie social evening, everyone brings some food to share and their cook book inspiration (plus a £2 contribution to cover costs). The themes, chefs and recipe books change … Continue reading

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Two new openings in Leyton – Masak Malaysian Kitchen & Deeney’s Cafe

After being held under house arrest by a college assignment that seemed to take over our lives and dining room table for the past few weeks, we escaped into the sunshine today. A walk was in order so we set … Continue reading

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Yakamoz, new Turkish restaurant, E17

***UPDATE – NOW CLOSED: MARCH 2017*** Yakamoz is a Turkish word with no English equivalent, meaning something like ‘the reflection of the moon on water, the ocean or the sea’ and was once voted the most beautiful word in the … Continue reading

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Do we want to be the next Brixton?

    I went to Brixton this week for the first time in over a year and couldn’t believe how fast the place has changed. Brixton is racing through it’s gentrification, as shops, market halls and houses are redeveloped, bringing increasingly affluent folk to this once dilapidated urban area. There’s the cafes and … Continue reading

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Tenerifan tapas – Papas Arrugadas and Mojo sauces

‘Papas Arrugadas’ are small, salty, wrinkled Canarian potatoes in their skins. Along with the red spicy pepper and milder green coriander mojo sauces they are served across the Canary Islands with meat and fish dishes or as tapas. Traditionally the … Continue reading

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Grillstock Festival E17

We were gutted to miss the Grillstock festival, but a hol in Tenerife compensated well! So we sent along our guest foodie writer Raz Ahasan who describes himself as ‘friend of the foodies & native east Londoner, enjoying what’s to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Wild Walthamstow Jam

We love foraging – or “scrumping” as a friend still calls it. Free food, endless recipe possibilities, a chance of food poisoning if you get it wrong and the reminiscent childhood thrill of adventure! I’ve always got a carrier bag … Continue reading

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