Orford Road restaurants are certainly worth checking out if you’re looking for places to eat in Walthamstow Village, Weekend brunch in E17 or Sunday roast in East London. Enjoy the idyllic setting of the historic Walthamstow Village as you tuck into some delicious food. Read on to discover more about Orford Road restaurants.
Orford Road Restaurants
A great time to visit Walthamstow Village and Orford Road to eat is at the weekend when the restaurants have tables and chairs set out on the pavement so you can enjoy alfresco dining. There is a choice of cuisines available, and I’ll pick out some of the restaurants to give you a flavour of what to expect. You’ll discover even more when you explore the area yourself.
Tapas at Orford Saloon: This tapas restaurant and deli dishes up a slice of Spain to locals. The premises are much larger than you think from the outside, there are two main rooms, space outside and a glass-roofed room to the rear. The deli is open for coffees, charcuterie and cheese daily. You can also buy wine, chocolates and other delicious Spanish goodies. The tapas kitchen serves hand-carved ham from free-range acorn-fed Iberian pigs, Serrano ham, Spanish cheeses, chorizo, meatballs, fish and seafood plus a great selection of vegetarian options. Read my Orford Saloon Review for more information.
British Food at Eat 17: The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients for their honest British menu. At the weekend they serve breakfast including a full English with a veggie version, egg dishes, French toast and banana bread. Sunday lunch comprises of roasts featuring chicken, sirloin of Aberdeenshire beef, lamb shoulder, pork belly, and a nut roast. At other times they serve a posh beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas and buttermilk fried chicken burger with all the trimmings. The interiors are plush inside and quite glam with giant pouffes to sit on.
French and Italian Cuisine at La Ruga: If you want a more grown-up dining experience with table cloths and napkins head for La Ruga. Starters include Tricolore Salad, Red Onion Tart, Duck Liver Pate, Escargots and Charcuterie plates. Mains range from Gnocchi to Chargrilled Seabass, Swordfish Steak, Duck Breast, Veal, and Steaks with different sauces. They use fresh ingredients and change the menu regularly. With a great wine list, this is the go-to place for special occasions and celebrations.
Pub Food: The Queen’s Arms (number 42) serves sharing boards like the fish or charcuterie platters. Mains feature pies with mash, fillet of sea trout with risotto primavera and 28-day aged Rib eye steak with a fancy sauce and chips. Puddings include classics like sticky toffee. The Village Pub (number 31) serves burgers, fish and chips and Sunday roast alongside craft beers and real ales. At The Nag’s Head (number 9) you can order pizza and sit out in their back garden. This is a cat-friendly pub which I should point out in case you are allergic, or you might love cats and want to engage with them. Another pub to check out which is a short walk is The Castle at 15 Grosvenor Rise East. Here they do a great Sunday roast, and the main menu includes everything from posh burgers to grilled fish and steaks plus decent veggie options.
Snacks and Light Lunches: For sandwiches and light snacks try The Village Café, The Deli or Forth and Rind (also a cheese shop). If you’re not sure what you fancy, perhaps try the Village Kitchen which has an eclectic menu inspired by the owner’s world travels.
Food and Drink Alternatives to Orford Road Restaurants
If you are in the vicinity on Saturday, you can try the food stalls which you will find at the Walthamstow Village Market at the Asian Centre on Saturdays between 10.30 am until 3 pm. Here you can sample specialist coffees by Perky Blenders, burgers or order pitta bread stuffed with falafel and salad. You can also buy take-away food at the SPAR Supermarket. Eat 17 provides an array of baked goods, including pastries and cakes. You can also buy takeaway Pizza from Peppe’s in the store. Treat yourself to traditionally made sausages at The East London Sausage Company shop which you can take home for your dinner, located at number 57.
Just off Orford Road is Summit Road where you will find Ravenswood Industrial Estate. Here you a few businesses serving food and drink at the weekends and some on Friday nights. At the neon sign vintage warehouse called God’s Own Junkyard, you will find a coffee and snack place. The Wild Card Brewery serves bottle and cask beer plus street food. If you have time to explore, then you might find my walking tour of Walthamstow Village helpful which highlights places of historical interest.
Travel to Orford Road Restaurants
The easiest route to Orford Road is by travelling to Walthamstow Central. This Victoria Line Underground is in zone 3, and you need to head in the northbound direction. There is also an Overground station here. Exit at Walthamstow Central and walk to the Hoe Street, which is the main road in front. Cross over and head up St Mary Road, turn right into West Ave and then left when you reach Orford Road. There are other variations of this route, but I find this one the most interesting. Another station close by is Walthamstow Queens Road (Network Rail). There are plenty of buses heading to Walthamstow Central. Enjoy your visit, and I hope you find something delicious to eat!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy and Rich for exploring the area with me.
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