Homeboy and I visited Eat 17 which is located in Walthamstow Village, E17. We actually ended up there twice in one week; for brunch on Sunday and again for dinner. We enjoyed the locally sourced British food, the ambience and banter with the super friendly staff. If you’re searching for any of the following – where to eat in London, East London restaurants, Walthamstow Village restaurants or a good weekend brunch menu then do give Eat 17 a try.
Having lived in Walthamstow a very long time ago we were curious about Walthamstow Village. It’s actually just a small road of cafes, restaurants and a few shops but it’s a nice little enclave which isn’t far from the public transport hub. The eatery is owned by three brothers who live locally (Chris, Dan and James). They started off with a small deli and then expanded into the premises next door. This venture has a nice local vibe and is well worth a visit with your lover for brunch, dinner with friends during the week or a roast on Sunday with the kids.
Eat 17 Menu
The restaurant is dedicated to serving locally sourced British food which is mostly from London plus further afield. The bread is baked on the premises of their bakery which is located just next door at the Spar grocery store. Meat comes from The East London Sausage Company, which you’ll notice is just across the road. Chickens and eggs are all free range from Treflach Farm. The fruit and veg comes from Spitalfields and the owner’s allotment while the fish is from sustainable sources. The cuisine is British modern with dashes of European and American flavours.
Neville’s Kippers on Toast with Poached Egg
Breakfast is available at the weekends only and is served between 10am-12.30pm. You’ll find a full English breakfast plus a vegetarian alternative. Other dishes included firm favourites like eggs benedict, royale and florentine. They also had London smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. Something a little different was the smoked chorizo beans on toast with poached egg and shaved parmesan. Homeboy opted for Neville’s kippers on toast with poached egg while I went for French toast with maple syrup and berries (yummy!). There are some smaller bites like crumpets, toast or granola and a kid’s option. Prices range from £8 for the meaty fry up down to £3.50 for the kid’s breakfast. Wash it down with a Climpson and Sons Coffee or Teapigs Tea and you’ll be very content for the rest of the day!
French Toast With Maple Syrup and Berries
At the weekend you can also treat yourself to a roast dinner which is probably better than your mother made (but don’t tell her that!). You have a choice of roast chicken, sirloin of Aberdeenshire beef, leg of Devonshire lamb, roast pork with crackling or a nut roast for veggies. These will be served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, stuffing, greens and gravy. Prices vary but expect to pay between £12-14 and £6 for kid’s portions.
Butternut Soup Special
During the week they are open for lunch between 12 noon until 3pm and then dinner is between 6pm and 10pm. They seem to get very busy in the evening so do make a booking so you’re not disappointed. The lunch and dinner menus are the same with variations on the specials. The menu changes every four to six weeks so do check the website. When we visited the starters included pan fired scallops, crab and avocado salad, crispy rabbit and fishcakes. I had the veggie mushroom barley risotto with aged Parmigiana while Homeboy had the Butternut soup special. Starters are priced between £5-7.
Mushroom Barley Risotto with Aged Parmigiana
Mains included a buttermilk fried chicken burger with slaw and chips. Alternatively, there was the cheese burger served with their award winning bacon jam (which you can buy from the Spar grocery store next door). Other dishes included duck breast served with sticky red cabbage, beer battered fish with chips and mushy peas and wild boar sausage with truffle mash. Or you can go for the rump steak served with onion puree, mushrooms and chips. I went with the veggie squash gratin with spinach and rosemary crumb topping which very tasty. Homeboy enjoyed the salmon fillet with giant couscous and broccoli tempura. Mains cost around £11.50-15.50.
Salmon Fillet with Giant Couscous and Broccoli Tempura
If you do have some room left you can go enjoy elderberry cheesecake, apple and blackberry crumble, banana sticky toffee pudding or a cheese board. Ice creams are from Jude’s. Drinks include locally sourced beers – bottled and on tap plus plenty of sexy cocktails, wines and champagne.
Eat 17 Interiors
As you wander up the street you’ll notice that the eatery is quite extensive because they have taken over a couple of premises and knocked them into one large space. They seat between sixty to seventy covers inside. As you come in through the entrance there is a bar to the right, an alcove ahead with seating and a few tables and chairs. It looks a bit like a stylish night club or cocktail bar.
To your left is the main dining room which is split into two parts. First there are tables for two with a long leather button backed sofa one side with large velvet pouffes facing.
Tables for Two
The next section is a large dining room with larger tables and chairs.
Main Dining Space
It’s a very comfortable and visually appealing space to relax and enjoy the food and friendly service.
Eat 17 Information
Eat 17 Exterior
Cuisine: Modern British
Website: Eat17 Website
Address: 28-30 Orford Road, London E17 9NJ
Open: Monday to Friday 12 noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and 6pm-10pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
Décor: Nightclub come cocktail lounge
Seating: 60-70 covers
Toilets: Yes, towards the back of the main dining space
Reservations: Advisable to book by telephoning or emailing (check website for details)
Service charge: Not included
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for accompanying me twice and to Davie who let me take photographs and was helpful in providing information.