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Walthamstow Restaurants – 35 Places To Eat (2024)

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Walthamstow’s restaurant scene has evolved over the years to become one of London’s must-visit food and drink destinations offering the very best of international and British cuisine.

From the gamut of gastropubs and Walthamstow Village to the numerous pop-ups in industrial environs of E17, there is a Walthamstow restaurant for all tastes and budgets.

Handily located at the end of the Victoria London Underground line, the night tube service also means Walthamstow is a wicked place for late night bites.

As well as more traditional places to eat, there are some weird and wonderful Walthamstow restaurants. From nibbles in a neon warehouse to gourmet dishes on a disused London Tube carriage, this part of north east London is an epicurean experience to enjoy.

E17 has good food galore so here are the best restaurants in Walthamstow to try as of 2024:


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Walthamstow restaurants map

Walthamstow restaurants

1. Sodo Pizza (our favourite pizza restaurant in Walthamstow)

This popular Walthamstow restaurant is based in an old industrial building and serves incredibly delicious sourdough pizzas along with an excellent selection of craft beers.

Sodo Pizza service is attentive, and the decor inside the restaurant is rustic and cosy with candlelit tables at night.

Sodo Pizza Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

There is a good range of pizzas on the Sodo Pizza menu with something for everyone including vegan options, plus white pizzas (without the tomato).

Sodo Pizza is also a really popular place to eat in Walthamstow so you’ll need to book ahead for peak times (you have to call as you cannot book online). Sodo Pizza also has branches in Clapton, Hoxton, Hammersmith, Bethnal Green and Deptford

Address: Sodo Pizza Walthamstow, 21-23 Hatherley Mews, E17 4QP

View Sodo’s menu >

Sodo Pizza Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

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2. Froth&Rind

This cool little cafe in Walthamstow Village serves up cheese, coffee and craft beer all under one roof.

At Froth&Rind you can sample a range of artisan cheeses from the East London Cheese Board as well as a range of cheese toasties, coffee, cakes and pastries, plus craft beers from local Walthamstow based breweries and the nearby Blackhorse Beer Mile.

Around 80% of the cheeses at Froth&Rind are British including a selection of Scottish cheeses (the owner, Fraser, originally hails from Scotland.

Best of all, some of the sandwich names are totally ‘cheesy’ – like the ‘Roger Chedderar’ (Emmental & chorizo) or the ‘Raclette there be Love’ (Raclette & serrano ham don’t you know).

Address: Froth&Rind, 37 Orford Road, Walthamstow E17 9NL

View Froth&Rind’s menu >

Froth&Rind Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

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3. Supperclub.tube

One of Walthamstow’s most unique restaurants is this awesome dining immersive experience where you can eat inside an old Victoria line London Underground tube carriage!

Supperclub.tube is located inside the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum and is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, offering a six-course tasting menu by head chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño who originally hails from Bogotá in Colombia.

Supperclub.tube food is inspired by south American cuisine and you can expect to find delicious dishes such as hake and prawns cured in lime and chilli and sweet corn dumplings.

Supperclub.tube London underground tube restaurant Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

This is a must for fans of the London Underground, and is a really fun and quirky restaurant experience.

You will definitely need to book in advance as the carriage can only sit 35 guests per night. Supperclub.tube pricing starts from £67 per person as of 2024 (for general seating) which includes a drink on arrival (a vegan menu is also available). Read more about our visit to Supperclub. tube >

Address: Supperclub.tube, Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, South Access Road, Walthamstow E17 8AX

Supperclub.tube London underground tube restaurant Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

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4. Eat 17 restaurant (the best Sunday roast restaurant in Walthamstow)

This modern British Walthamstow restaurant is one of the most renowned spots to eat in Walthamstow village, serving a range of hearty comfort foods such as burgers, fish, curries and steaks.

Eat 17 restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with separate menus for each, but we recommend visiting on a Sunday for their traditional roast dinners as they are absolutely delicious!

Eat 17 restaurant Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

Eat 17 owns the SPAR next door too which is one of the best mini supermarkets we’ve ever visited (although it currently has a zero star food hygiene rating as of March 2024). Check out the huge craft beer section and the fresh sushi counter.

Eat 17 restaurant also make their own brand of ‘bacon jam’ which is sold in there, and you can find it in many supermarkets and delis across London.

Address: Eat 17 restaurant, 28-30 Orford Road, Walthamstow, E17 9NJ

View Eat 17’s menu >


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5. Arte e Pasta

This Italian Walthamstow restaurant is located a short walk from the village and has been a hit with the locals. Arte e Pasta is always packed – most likely because the service here is really amazing and the food is tasty and affordable.

Arte e Pasta restaurant Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

The Arte e Pasta menu has several smallsharing plate options, and a handful of main course options. To start we ordered the olive tapanade, salami platter and the ‘Focaccia, Grissini and Taralli’ breads, then followed this with a lobster ravioli main dish each.

The portion sizes were generous and we managed to polish off everything on our plates as the food was so good (the cocktails were excellent too).

Arte e Pasta doubles as a gallery which is managed by Wood Street Walls, who created the fantastic mural on the front of the building.

Address: Arte e Pasta restaurant, 93 Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, E17 9HS

Arte e Pasta restaurant Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels
Arte e Pasta restaurant Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

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6. The Kitchen Walthamstow

This small and cosy restaurant in Walthamstow village serves up modern European dishes and has separate brunch and dinner menus.

We visited The Kitchen Walthamstow evening for dinner and it was hard to decide what to eat as every dish sounded amazing – expect to find main courses such as Thai green curry, linguine clams, Jamaican jerk chicken, rib eye steak and pan fried sea bass!

The Kitchen restaurant Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

The Kitchen Walthamstow is always a busy spot and their outdoor tables in summer are always packed. Although we’ve only visited The Kitchen Walthamstow on weekdays before, apparently their Sunday joints are one of the best Sunday lunches in Walthamstow too!

2024 update – please note that The Kitchen in Walthamstow was awarded a zero Food Hygiene Rating in January 2023 and it remains unchanged as of April 2024.

Address: The Kitchen Walthamstow, 41 Orford Road, London E17 9NJ

View The Kitchen’s menu >


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7. Peeld (Poke, Acai and Noodle Soup)

This new healthy eating cafe opened in 2021 and is super popular with the locals in Walthamstow Village.

The fresh poke bowls at Peeld are huge and out of this world – we tried a spicy raw tuna bowl which came with mango salsa, carrots, edamame beans and crispy shallots on top of a base of sushi rice and rainbow slaw, drizzled with Sriracha mayo on top.

Peeld (Poke, Acai and Noodle Soup) Walthamstow

In addition, Peeld Poke & Acai offer a range of fresh juices, smoothies, coffees, pastries and acai bowls (a Brazilian thick smoothie bowl loaded with toppings). Plus a recent new addition for the winter months is the introduction of the Tonkotsu and pulled brisket noodle bowl – yum!

Peeld also have a small takeaway stall inside the SPAR supermarket just down the road selling fresh juices and frozen yoghurt bowls.

Address: Peeld, 69 Orford Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9NJ


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8. Ohbaleaf Sushi

After a successful run inside the Walthamstow Village SPAR supermarket, Ohbaleaf have now opened their own takeaway restaurant down the road. At Ohbaleaf you can order a huge range of sushi options, plus some hot dishes such as katsu curry and salmon teriyaki.

The sushi is freshly prepared after you’ve placed your order and is speedily made for you whilst you wait, oryou can eat-in as there are a handful of seats by the counter.

Ohbaleaf Sushi at Walthamstow Village SPAR Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

Ohbaleaf is the best place to get sushi in Walthamstow, and they are on Deliveroo if you fancy getting a delivery to your door.

If you are based in Hackney, east London, you can also get Ohbaleaf sushi from the SPAR on Brooksby’s Walk near Homerton.

Address: Ohbaleaf Sushi, 125 Grove Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9BU

View Ohbaleaf’s menu >


9. The Collab, Walthamstow

As you’d expect from the name, this is a mash-up between award winning Walthamstow brewery Signature Brew and critically acclaimed restaurant We Serve Humans (the ‘Best Burger in Britain’ apparently).

The menu has a great range of burgers, chicken wings and sides, with a really good selection of options for vegans.

The Collab, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

The food at The Collab can be a bit hit and miss based on our own experience. On our first visit we tried the truffle mac and cheese burger and the buffalo chicken wings which were great, but on our second visit the wings were really soggy.

However the beer and atmosphere at The Collab are great and it is only located a few minutes walkfrom Walthamstow Central station.

Address: The Collab, 198 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4BF

View The Collab’s menu >


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10. Beer + Burger Store Walthamstow (closed)

2024 UPDATE: Beer + Burger Store Walthamstow is now permanently closed but check out their Beer + Burger Kings Cross branch in our Kings Cross guide here >

This new burger restaurant in Walthamstow opened this year and has an awesome menu of fast food style American burgers, loaded dirty fries, and sides such as slaw, mac and cheese balls and gravy (yum).

There are several large refrigerators jam packed with hundreds of colourful cans of craft beer. The restaurant is cosy and compact with room for only a handful of customers, but you can also order a delivery on Deliveroo.

 Beer + Burger Store

Head to Beer + Burger on the last Tuesday of the month for 50% off food. You can also find other branches of Beer + Burger in Kings Cross and Willesden Green.

Address: Beer + Burger Walthamstow, 368 Hoe Street, London E17 9AL

Beer + Burger Store, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

11. Orford Saloon Tapas Bar

This cosy Spanish tapas bar has been around in Walthamstow village for many years and serves up lots of tasty sharing plates, plus large pans of authentic paella on pretty tiled tables.

Service at Orford Saloon is sometimes a little hit and miss, but the prices are reasonable and there is a good selection of yummy tapas on the menu. There is also a deli counter at the front of the restaurant selling Spanish products and outdoor seating in the summer.

Address: Orford Saloon Tapas Bar, 32 Orford Road, London E17 9NJ

ViewOrford Saloon’s menu >

Orford Saloon Tapas Bar, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

12. Homies on Donkeys (closed)

2024 UPDATE: Homies on Donkeys is now permanently closed and has relocated to Leytonstone

Tucked away at the back Walthamstow’s Wood Street Indoor Market, Homies on Donkeys serves Mexican street tacos made from scratch and these are possibly the best tacos we’ve tasted in London (seriously).

Given its local reputation and small interior / limited seating area, there can sometimes be long queues but when the food is this good, the wait is worth it. 

Homies on Donkeys, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels
Pulled pork tacos – 2 for £7

On our most recent trip, we tried the pulled pork tacos and they were sublime. Vegan / veggie options are also available, and next door to the main stall, they now have a decadently decorated pop up beer fridge and sauce stall.

Address: Unit 38 Wood Street Indoor Market Walthamstow, 98 Wood Street, London E17 3HX

View Homies on Donkeys menu >

Homies on Donkeys, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

13. Bühler and Co

This tiny veggie cafe was recently listed in the Sunday Times 50 best vegetarian restaurants in the UK and has a lovely brunch menu with dishes such as vegan fry ups, vegan bagels and gado gado (Indonesian salad), plus coffee, fresh juices/smoothies and cocktails.

Prices at Bühler and Co aren’t on the cheap side here but the food quality is excellent and the avocadoon sourdough toast was really tasty. There is limited seating inside but there is also a large outdoor area at the back.

Address: Bühler and Co, 8 Chingford Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PJ

View Bühler and Co’s menu >

Bühler and Co, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

Avocado on toast with dukkah, pickled red onion 
and rocket + poached egg – £11 

14. Oishī Don at Tavern on the Hill

2024 UPDATE: Oishī Don are no longer serving food at Tavern on the Hill (nor JamShack) – the Tavern on the Hill kitchen is currently operated by the Dragon Kitchen, pumping out Sunday roasts and burger fare the rest of the week (food served Tuesday to Sunday)

This Walthamstow pub is a new venture from the brains behind the local Wildcard Brewery and has a superb Japanese food menu from Oishi Don (served from Monday-Saturday, 5pm-9pm).

Oishī Don at Tavern on the Hill, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels
Steak Don (£12), Okonomiyaki on a stick (£6) and Aonori fries (£3)

You can expect Japanese classics such as donburi, gyozas and okonomiyaki, plus western dishes with a Japanese twist such as aonori fries and fried chicken tatsuta-age burger. The steak don (pictured) was really delicious and we can’t wait to go back and try some more items off the menu.

Address: Tavern on the Hill, 318 Higham Hill Road, London E17 5RG


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15. The Green Grill / Chickenish Walthamstow at CRATE St James Street

CRATE St James Street is a container village with a collection of food and drink outlets, workspaces and shops (a little bit like BOXPARK in Shoreditch), just a few minutes walk away from St James Street Overground station.

Sharing the same shipping container are two vegan brands – Chickenish and Green Grill, both offering creative plant-based junk food.

Green Grill are popular for their instagrammable burgers withbright red, green and black coloured buns, and also offer vegan seitan hot dawgs, chkn bites, mac n cheeze and kimchi loaded fries.

Green Grill / Chickenish Vegan fast food at CRATE St James Street

Chickenish re-creates classic chicken shop dishes and are famous for their soy based chicken drumsticks ina gluten-free batter.

They also serve up chicken bites, burgers and lots of side dishes such as cajun fries, beans, gravy and coleslaw. When I last visited I tried the chicken drumsticks which weren’t really to my taste, but the fries, truffle mayo and vegan gravy were absolutely delicious.

Chickenish Vegan fast food at CRATE St James Street. Chicken drumsticks, chips and gravy

Prices are reasonable and for £10 you can order a meal deal of chicken bites, chips, dipping sauce and a drink. Seating in CRATE is outdoor communal style so you can mix and match food from different restaurants, which is handy if you’re eating with non-vegan friends.

View Green Grill’s menu >

View Chickenish’s menu >

Address: The Green Grill / Chickenish Walthamstow, CRATE, 35 St James Street, E17 7FY


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16. Green Choy at CRATE St James Street

New to CRATESt James Street (replacing Hanoi Ca Phe) is this fabulous street food stall which offers a modern twist on Korean food.

The menu is packed with mouthwatering food including popular traditional Korean dishes such as bibimbap and Korean fried chicken, plus other items such as dumplings, bao buns, soft shell crab burgers and tiger prawn and scallop burgers (served in a bright pink bun!).

There is also a great variety of both vegan and vegetarian dishes at Green Choy, including tofu, cauliflower and mushroom bulgogi.

Address: Green Choy, CRATE Building, 35 St James Street, Walthamstow E17 7FY

Green Choy Korean street food at CRATE St James Street Walthamstow
Korean fried chicken (£7.50) and Tofu bibimbap (£10)

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17. Hanoi Ca Phe at CRATE St James Street

2023 UPDATE: Hanoi Ca Phe are no longer trading at CRATE, and have relocated to nearby Argall Avenue in Leyton. The food is still really delicious and they have a really cute outdoor area.

One of the most popular food outlets at CRATE is this small Vietnamese joint serving fresh and authentic street food favourites such as Pho (traditional noodle soup), Banh Mi (Vietnamese baguettes) and Bun Cha (noodle salad).

Hanoi Ca Phe at CRATE St James Street Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels
Bun Cha Thit – £9

Seating in CRATE is outdoor, communal style so you can mix and match food from different restaurants. You can also find another branch of Hanoi Ca Phe in nearby Leyton, plus a totally vegan version in Hackney Bridge in Hackney Wick.

Address: CRATE Building, 35 St James Street, E17 7FY

View Hanoi Ca Phe’s menu >


18. Etles Uyghur Restaurant

Famed for its Central and Northern Asian cuisine including homemade noodles, Etles Uyghur is handily located just across from Walthamstow Central (so no excuse not to visit from central London).

One of a handful of Uyghur cooking restaurants in London, this family run place is their original restaurant (such is its success, they have opened another Etles Uyghur restaurant in North Finchley).

From leghmen pulled noodles to delicious Tugur dumplings full of luscious lamb and onion, plus their renowned ‘big plate’ chicken, you won’t leave Walthamstow hungry. It is also BYOB (there is an off-licence two doors down).

Address: Etles Uyghur restaurant, 235 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 9PP


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19. Yard Sale Pizza

This trendy restaurant set in a beautiful old glass factory serves up simple, qualitystone-baked pizza with a creative mix of toppings, plus a menu chock full of delicious sounding dips. There are 3 plant based pizzas on the menu so vegans won’t go hungry.

Yard Sale Pizza

There is a limited amount of both indoor and outdoor seating in Yard Sale Pizza Walthamstow – alternatively or you can order a pizza online for collection/delivery.

You can also order a Yard Sale pizza to eat alongside your beer at nearby Clapton Craft, Wild Card Brewery, Hackney Brewery & High Hill Taproom or Exale Brewery.

Yard Sale pizza also has other branches across London including Leytonstone, Finsbury Park, Crystal Palace and Clapton. A new Yard Sale Pizza branch (their tenth pizza shop) opened in Tottenham in March 2023.

Address: Yard Sale, 15 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 4SD

View Yard Sale’s pizza menu >


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20. Rhythm Kitchen E17

Hit me with your Rhythm…Kitchen!

Opened in Walthamstow in 2018 (after the first Rhythm Kitchen branch in Westfield Stratford City cooked up such a success), Rhythm Kitchen doles out delicious Caribbean food and home cooking, honed to perfection. It also claims to have the largest rum selection in east London so we’ll drink to that

Signature dishes at Rhythm Kitchen E17 Walthamstow include saltfish fritters, jerk lamb chops, and their whole chicken feast platter.

If you are after something special, try their Caribbean afternoon tea – enjoy a range of sweet and savoury Caribbean treats topped off with a complimentary rum punch (from £36 pp plus booking fee). Another weekly event at Rhythm Kitchen Walthamstow is their Unlimited Chicken Wing Thursdays.

Address: Rhythm Kitchen E17, 257 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 9PT


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21. SpiceBox Restaurant Walthamstow (closed)

UPDATE: SPICEBOX IS NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED

This modern plant based cafe serves up some creative vegan interpretations of traditional Indian dishes, specialising in curries and sides such as slaw, pickles, chutney and raita. SpiceBox are open most evenings for dinner and at weekends with a special brunch menu.

Spice Box Vegan Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels
South Indian Brunch Thali – £12.50

Some of our favourite dishes at SpiceBox include the spicy jackfruit jalfrezi and cashew and coconut chick’n korma. This is one of the best vegan friendly restaurants in Walthamstow and advance booking is recommended.

Spice Box Vegan Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels
The Full Indian brunch – £12

22. Chaiiwala Walthamstow

Head to Hoe Street for one of Walthamstow’s best breakfasts at Chaiiwala. As featured in Time Out London’s ‘top cheap eats’, Chaiiwala has over 40 stores across the UK, specialising in desi food and affectionately referred to as the Indian Starbucks.

Chaaiwala, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

We liked our ‘All Day Desi Breakfast’, which consisted of an omelette, spicy beans or dahl, roti and our favourite, karak chai- a strong (and incredibly sweet!) blend of tea, milk, spices and sugar.

Cheap as but given the store is quite compact and often very popular (especially for Deliveroo orders), you may have to wait for a table if you want to sit in at Chaiiwala Walthamstow.

Address: Chaiiwala, 225 Hoe Street, Walthamstow London E17 9PP

View Chaiiwala Walthamstow’s menu >


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23. Tonkotsu Walthamstow

This well-known Japanese ramen chain restaurant recently opened in the Stow with a gorgeous interior decor and a solid menu of noodle soups, katsu curries plus tasty side dishes.

Tonkotsu, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels
Chilli Prawn Ramen – £12.50

We were in two minds whether to include Tonkotsu Walthamstow on our list as on our most recent visit we ordered the chilli prawn ramen noodle soup which was a bit disappointing (the battered prawns were soggy, and it lacked a spicy punch).

However the chicken kara-age side dish was absolutely divine and we would head back again just to eat that again. We were also the only customers in Tonkotsu Walthamstow at the time but our noodle soup dish took a long 45 minutes to arrive.

Tonkotsu, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

We are willing to go back and try it again to see if the noodle soup/service has improved, and being located near Walthamstow Central station is pretty handy for anyone looking for somewhere to eat before/after a tube journey.

Address: Tonkotsu Walthamstow, 202 Hoe Street, London E17 4BS

View Tonkotsu Walthamstow’s menu >


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24. Pizza at The Nags Head pub

This cosy pub in Walthamstow Village has a decent pizza menu which is always very popular with the locals. The Nags Head pizzas here are not as delicious as nearby Sodo or Yard Sale restaurants, but they are pretty good value. On the weekends, The Nags Head also serve burgers and hot dogs.

Pizza at The Nags Head pub, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

On most Sunday nights, The Nags Head has live jazz music inside, and it is also an adults only Walthamstow pub so you can enjoy your food without screaming children running around – bliss.

There is outdoor seating in front of the The Nags Head, as well as a large beer garden in the rear. The Nag’s Head has a couple of cute resident cats who roam around the pub and will probably come and sit next to you as soon as your pizza is delivered to your table haha!

Address: The Nags Head, 9 Orford Road, Walthamstow, E17 9LP

View The Nags Head Walthamstow menu >


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25. Rolling Scones Cafe at God’s Own Junkyard

Did you know that inside Walthamstow’s most famous attraction is this little cafe/bar? The Rolling Scones Cafe is located inside the museum so you can eat and drink amongst all the fantastic neon signs!

Rolling Scones Cafe at God's Own Junkyard, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

The food items served at the Rolling Scones Cafe are quite basic and you can order hot dishes such as fried breakfasts, burgers, toasties, fish finger baps and nachos, plus cakes, scones and afternoon tea (advance booking is required for the afternoon tea).

We rate God’s Own Junkyard as one of the best free things to do in London – so it is nice to support them by buying something in their Rolling Scones Cafe.

Address: The Rolling Scones Cafe, Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ

Rolling Scones Cafe at God's Own Junkyard, Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

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26. The Village Pub

One of the most popular pubs in Walthamstow, The Village has a big heated beer garden and a menu of pub grub favourites.

You can order from a large range of gourmet burgers, loaded fries, salads, small snack plates and classics such as scampi and fish and chips. Vegan options include banana flower ‘fish and chips’ and plant based ‘scampi’.

The Village Pub Walthamstow Village

We popped down recently for lunch and found the dishes a bit hit and miss. The buffalo chicken burger was superb, but the classic beef burger just didn’t hit the spot sadly.

Address: The Village Pub Walthamstow, 31 Orford Road, London E17 9NL

View The Village Pub Walthamstow’s menu >

The Village Pub Walthamstow Village

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27. Orford’s Fish & Chips

A recent opening to Walthamstow Village, this is a retro style fish and chip shop. Prices are a little higher than local chippies, but the quality of the food is excellent with perfectly battered fish and crispy chips, plus portion sizes are generous – one large fish and chips will probably feed two people.

Orford’s Fish & Chips also serve up a range of pies including a couple of plant based ones from Young Vegans.

Address: Orford’s Fish & Chips, 59 Orford Road, London E17 9NJ

Orford’s Fish & Chips

28. Turtle Bay Walthamstow

At the time of writing (April 2024), Turtle Bay is the highest rated restaurant in Walthamstow according to Tripadvisor (followed by Gokyuzu Walthamstow).

Whilst we personally wouldn’t say this is the best restaurant in Walthamstow, this Caribbean chain actually produces pretty fine fare at affordable prices and is in a very central location, next to the Vue cinema and Tonkotsu / Five Guys.

Turtle Bay Walthamstow

We tried Turtle Bay Walthamstow to try their brunch menu and really enjoyed the jerk mac and cheese – also popular favourites here include the fish fry, jerk chicken and coconut rice bowls. We also really like the bright interior of Turtle Bay.

If you fancy a bottomless brunch in Walthamstow, Turtle Bay Walthamstow also does 2 hours of unlimited cocktails, prosecco, draft beers, mocktails plus a dish of your choice for just over £30 per person, on Saturdays and Sundays.

During the week (and weekends too), there is a 2 for 1 cocktail Happy Hour that runs during the daytime plus 9.30pm to close every night.

Address: Turtle Kitchen Walthamstow, The Scene, Cleveland Place, 269 High Street, London E17 7FD

Turtle Bay Walthamstow

29. Taro Walthamstow

Taro Walthamstow is located inside the old grade-II listed L Manze restaurant and we are pleased to say they’ve retained the iconic white tiled interior with the historic features, but with their own Taro touches.

Taro Walthamstow

The new Taro Walthamstow restaurant specialises in Japanese ramen dishes, sushi and does a nice line in beautiful bento boxes.

They also do a special local dish called a Walthamstow Roll, which is a rolled rainbow sushi roll with prawn, salmon and yellowtail filled with avocado and asparagus, tobiko and spicy mayo.

Address: 76 High Street, Walthamstow, London E17 7LD

Taro Walthamstow
Taro Walthamstow

30. Crate Walthamstow

Newly opened in summer 2023 on the top floor of the 17 & Central shopping mall in Walthamstow, Crate Walthamstow is a new London street food market and food hall complex from the brains behind Crate St James Street.

With around a dozen or so street food stalls and a blinged bar (High Street Social), Crate Walthamstow is a great place for a quick bite to eat or enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace that overlooks Walthamstow Town Square Gardens.

Current food vendors at Crate Walthamstow as of April 2024 include the Yorkshire Burrito company (Yorkshire pudding wraps with a Tex Mex twist), Hanoi Kitchen Vietnamese and Dez Amore hand-made pasta.


31. Lloyd Park Saturday market

Not so much a Walthamstow restaurant but a fine foodie frenzy to kick start your weekend.

Lloyd Park market is a Walthamstow must do on a Saturday morning! This popular outdoor farmers market is located just outside the William Morris Gallery and sells a range of gourmet delights, plus a cracking collection of street food.

Lloyd Park Saturday market, copyright CK Travels

You’ll find several stalls at Lloyd Park Market selling local produce such as fruit and veg, cheese, bread, pastries and meat, as well as a handful of hot food options from popular vendors.

We were unable to find a list of the 2024 vendors online (they change regularly) but in the past when we have visited, there have been stalls such as Crosstown Doughnuts, Sandwiche (Ribeye steak sandwiches), Horn OK Please (Indian dosa), filigrillz (Filipino BBQ street food) and many more.

The market is open from 10am-4pm every Saturday, but we usually head down before 11am when it is quieter, as after that the queues for places such as Crosstown Doughnuts are massive!


32. Pizza at True Craft Walthamstow, St James Street

A true story, this new craft beer bar in Walthamstow is all about fine craft draft and fresh sourdough pizza!

Just a short hop from Crate St James, True Craft Walthamstow is located in a former cafe that has now been transformed into a good looking bar and taproom with delicious pizza smells wafting out the door. Menu highlights include the Walth-Ham-Stow pizza with Prosciutto Crudo, Parmesan and Fresh Basil.

We’ve been to the True Craft beer bar in Tottenham many times and it has always been one of our favourite Tottenham pubs.

We are pleased to report that True Craft Walthamstow retains all the character of the original – if anything, the Walthamstow True Craft is slightly better than the original as it is a bigger space and feels a little more light and airy.

Address: 18-20 St James Street, Walthamstow London E17 7P


33. Market Cafe (Princess Diana Cafe) Walthamstow

We’re including the Market Cafe on Walthamstow’s High Street more so for its famous Princess Diana decor than its actual dining. Plus it has been at the heart of the ‘Awesomestow’ community for over years, serving up ‘Royally good’ breakfasts, sandwiches, coffees and teas for over 20 years.

Their Princess Diana collection of merchandise (plate, pictures and more) lines the walls and many people drop in here during the weekly Walthamstow Markets – prices are reasonable too.

Address: 151 High Street, London E17 7BX


34. Pizza at The Wild Card Brewery Barrel Store

We’ve been regular visitors to Walthamstow’s Wild Card brewery over the years, particularly their Barrel Store near to God’s Own Junkyard and have often popped in for a pint, accompanying with some street food from their varying line-up of vendors.

Now, Wild Card have invested in a pizza oven (fired up directly next to the indoor bar) meaning you can now enjoy some pepperoni perfection with your pale-ale.

Pizza at Wildcard Brewery Walthamstow, copyright CK Travels

It is enjoyable to sit on the tables outside watching the world go by (and the site is dog friendly too so there are usually a few cute pooches).

Pizzas started from around £7 for the basic options and is a nice way to spend an alfresco afternoon, supping in Wildcard (plus combined with a possible visit to nearby Pillars Brewery & Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace).

Address: Wild Card, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ


Our final best Walthamstow restaurant…

35. Monster Sushi

Not far from Walthamstow (technically Chingford we guess but one train stop away), east London has recently welcomed Monster Sushi, hidden above the Rusty Bike Pub.

Perhaps they should consider renaming it ‘Monorail Sushi’ as the way the sushi is delivered to you on a kind of sushi train – cool!

Massive in Japan, this is one of the first sushi conveyor belt restaurants in London (before, we had to make the conveyor belt cheese restaurant in Covent Garden) and is an epic east London epicurean outpost.

Try chicken karaage, tempura or gyoza for starters but save room for the sushi and sashimi! Double down on dessert with a delicious dorayaki.

Address: 1st floor, Rusty Bike Pub, 134-138 Station Road, London E4 6AN

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