Yardarm restaurant opening. And Rocket is here

Leyton’s smart new dining option is coming soon. In the meantime, lads, sort your barnet out

Lovely: the new restaurant will be the unit to the right of this picture. Photo: Yardarm
Hot on the heels of the news that Francis Road is soon to get its very first bookshop Phlox, comes word that Yardarm, purveyors of excellent wine, beer, charcuterie, cheese and bread (read our review here) are opening a restaurant next door.

Keeping it in the family, owner Dan O’Connor’s younger brother Joe will be on chef duties. A recent Instagram post showing Joe doing his cheffy thing at wastED London – Selfridges food waste pop-up restaurant – gives a possible clue to the theme of the restaurant: we’re thinking local, sustainable and possibly zero-waste dining. More details as we hear them (they’re not giving much away at the mo, sorry folks).

Rocket has branches across east and southeast London. Photo: Rocket
In other news, men of the potentially bearded variety might enjoy a new addition to High Road Leyton. Hip no-appointment-necessary barbershop Rocket – who already boast branches in Peckham, Hackney, Stoke Newington and Walthamstow – opened the doors to their Leyton branch last Saturday.

With a tagline of “You grow it, we mow it” – what else? – cuts cost from £12, beard trims from £8, with discounts for students and kiddies through the week.


Hair and beard will now be on point (for male readers at least). Now, about that Yardarm.

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Find Rocket Barber Shop at 474 High Road Leyton, E10 6QA. Open Mon-Fri 11am–7pm and Sat 9am–5pm Follow @rocketbarbers. Keep an eye on Yardarm @yardarm_leyton
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