MUST DO: Corner Kitchen E7

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Versatile new all-day joint now open with ex-River Cafe chef in the kitchen

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Corner Kitchen. Photo: ME
Corner Kitchen: ‘There’s an interesting history and often a local connection behind many of the super-stylish interiors touches.’ Photo: CK
Misty Cudahy and Beth Chellingworth are the powerhouse pair behind Corner Kitchen E7, Forest Gate’s new deli, pizzeria and shop which opened this week.

Prior to this project, Beth had a pizzeria and wine shop in De Beauvoir called Sweet Thursday, and Misty has always worked in hospitality, mainly in food and branding.

Misty grew up in south London and was living in west London before moving to Forest Gate four years ago. “I would get the National Express from Stratford to Suffolk where my brother lives, and fell in love with Wanstead Flats. I couldn’t believe that just four minutes from Stratford you had this massive green open space. I was living in a flat in Hammersmith at the time and wanted a whole house. I came to check out the area and fell in love.”

Stacked counter. Photo: CK
Stacked counter. Photo: CK
The pair met at the annual Forest Gate music festival. “We started chatting over some sloe gin and became friends,” explains Misty. Two years ago they started talking about opening a restaurant but didn’t really begin working on it in earnest until a year ago.

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“We both feel strongly about good, local, organic products and wanted to bring our love of food and wine to Forest Gate.” The pair did some pop-ups over the summer but were keen to find a permanent space. “The building had been empty for 15 years and people said we’d never get it, but we picked up the keys three months ago,” Misty says. “When we were thinking of a name we wanted it to be community focused, a place for people to go, like the 1950s corner shop, but we also wanted it to be all about food – hence Corner Kitchen.”

The kitchen will be headed up by Sophie Hill, formerly of The River Café and La Fromagerie, who Beth met through the local mums network. Everything will be made in-house, including the baked goods, the bircher muesli, the peanut butter, even the tomato ketchup. During the day food will include brekkie favourites, like avocado on toast, bacon sarnies and a selection of sandwiches, plus soups, sandwiches, pies and boards of cheese, meat or veg, with a healthy menu for little people’s featuring dishes such as cheesy avo soldiers, veggie fritters and real banana ice cream.

Breakfast classic: avo on toast. Photo: CK
Breakfast classic: avo on toast. Photo: CK
At 4pm, the pizza oven will be switched on (the same model Richard Branson has on Necker and Jamie Oliver has in his garden, by the way) with choices to keep both veggie and meat eaters happy plus some naughty sides: tear-and-share mozzarella, garlic monkey bread, and cheese-stuffed padron peppers. Plus peanut marshmallow fudge brownie sundae with salted caramel popcorn for dessert.

There will be an emphasis on local, organic, in-season produce with suppliers including Neal’s Yard Dairy for cheeses, the Charcuterie Board for meats, H Forman for smoked salmon and Leonard Street roasters Ozone for the coffee. Even the cocktails will have a local, seasonal spin, with ingredients such as pear, elderflower, rhubarb and lavender appearing on the cocktail list.

Upstairs in the main restaurant the bar will provide a focal point – food will be displayed on it by day, and by night it will be a place where customers can chat to bar staff as they wait for takeaway pizzas. The shop will be at the back of the upstairs room and will sell a selection of food, bottles of (biodynamic, natural and/or organic) wine, and a selection of carefully curated kitchenware. Downstairs there’s a sizable space, a playroom for little people by day (prams can be parked upstairs) and extra seating or an events space by night.

Even the tables have a story to tell. Photo: CK
Even the tables have a story to tell. Photo: CK

There’s an interesting history and local connection behind many of the super-stylish interiors touches. The tables upstairs are topped with solid pieces of wood from a Victorian tree that, until recently, was standing on Wanstead Flats. “I run litter-picking on the flats called Tidy Our Flats,” explains Misty. “I asked the forest keepers if they had any wood and they told me that they sadly had had to cut down a tree because it had been knocked over. We bought the whole tree – it’s Victorian and so is the building so it’s perfect for the space.”

The chairs are from Kempton (“Beth and I never sleep so we get up early and arrive at Kempton at 5am, head torches on,” reveals Misty) and were recovered by the upholsterer in Forest Gate, with beautiful bird and butterfly-strewn fabric purchased from a shop in Wanstead. The downstairs room is panelled with doors collected via a Twitter campaign asking locals to donate their unwanted wooden doors.

Keep an eye on Corner Kitchen’s social feeds for special events and pop-ups such as chocolate and wine pairing for Valentine’s and a kitchen takeover by ubiquitous MasterChef finalist Michael Sanders.

“We’re really excited!” says Misty. Us too.

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Find Corner Kitchen E7 at 58A Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate E7 0QH. Open 7am – 10pm Monday – Thursday; 7am to 10.30pm Friday; 9am to 10.30pm Saturday; 9am to 9pm Sunday. Follow @cornerkitchene7 on Twitter and Instagram.
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  • Michael Hurley

    E11 Leytonstone. E7 forest gate

  • Leytonstoner

    Read our About section on this page or on the website – we cover half a dozen postcodes in the wider area.

  • Caroline Till

    Moira Lascelles hope you’ve been there! Xxx

  • Moira Lascelles

    Caroline Till three times already! Haha

  • Ceri Wilkinson

    Simona Giunta this place is on the corner of Woodgrange and Hampton! We should definitely check it out!

  • Lesley Pikesley

    But definitely not e11

  • Briana Dougherty Chester

    Tim Chester Cher Brighton

  • Eleanor Ireland

    I’m really glad to hear about new places close to E11, and am definitely going to be checking it out!

  • Bárbara Valvalm

    I live in E7 and its 15min (walking) from Leytonstone so not that far.

  • Jane Ramsell

    Lorraine Atkins Nick Varanand Mark Lockwood Louise Brent Harriet Breen Lynne Slowey Lorna Carsley Sara Wills – this sounds lush!!

  • Mikey Adekunle Abegunde

    Elliott Worth we need to go x

  • Lynne Slowey

    Oh yum. When are we going?

  • Louise Brent

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes

  • chocolateguide

    Ooh, that’s my photo of the coffee. 😀 Fabulous coffee and food and absolutely gorgeous space.

  • SparrowhawkSo

    Leytonstoner CornerKitchenE7 Miranda_Eason Flattered that not one but TWO of my photos made the cut… U0001f609

  • CornerKitchenE7

    SparrowhawkSo Leytonstoner Miranda_Eason xxx