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. Located in the designated conservation area and historic heart of Walthamstow Village, you can enjoy the idyllic setting. With a Saturday food market and specialist drinking hang outs located close by you can sample fine food and premium beverages. Read on to discover more about Orford Road restaurants.
Orford Road Restaurants
The weekend is a great time to visit this destination 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, meat balls, fish and seafood plus a great selection of vegetarian options. You can share tapas with your friends Monday through to Saturday evenings 6-10.30pm. They are open Friday and Saturday lunch time 12-3pm and Sunday 12-9.30pm.
British Food at Eat 17: This restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients for their honest British menu. At the weekend they serve breakfast from 10am-12pm. This includes a full English with a veggie version and plenty of egg dishes including benedict, florentine and royale. With French toast and banana bread options, they cater for those with a sweet tooth. Sunday lunch they have a choice of roasts including roasted chicken, sirloin of Aberdeenshire beef, lamb shoulder, pork belly or 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. At the moment they are offering fixed price lunch and early dinner Monday to Thursday 12-3pm and 6-7pm. The interiors are plush inside and quite glam with giant pouffes to sit on.
French and Italian Cuisine at La Ruga: For 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 include Gnocchi, Chargrilled Seabass, Swordfish Steak, Duck Breast, Veal and Steaks with different sauces. They use fresh ingredients and change the menu on a regular basis. With a great wine list, this is the go to place for special occasions and celebrations. Open in the evenings on Tuesday to Thursday 6-10pm and Sunday 6-9.30pm. Lunch openings are Friday to Sunday lunch 12-4pm.
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 roasts 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 descent 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 10.30am-3pm. 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 take-away Pizza from Peppe’s in the store. Treat yourself to traditional 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, at the end 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.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy and Rich for exploring the area with me.