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Leyton’s ‘fishy’ new arrivals: John Dory Seafood and Jellied Eel Bar

One's a new restaurant opposite Leyton Midland, the other a pop-up cocktail terrace on nearby Francis Road

What’s with the new piscine energy in E10? There must be something in the water with two slippery catches about to land.

Back in early October we mentioned that a quality fish restaurant was opening by Leyton Midland. And now the says-it-like-it-is John Dory Seafood is ready to take the leap.

What to expect? Well, a highly themed aquamarine interior for starters, with street-facing dining counter, window aquarium and pendant lighting. At the rear an open counter will be piled high with “the catch of the day direct from the fishermen’s net,” says co-owner Igor Nika.

There’ll be “shrimps, lobster, mussels and calamari on the menu, and customers can watch sharks swimming in the tank for add-on ambiance,” he says.


Before the Covid laws relax on 17th May, the venue’s fishmongers “will prepare your order with an option for delivery straight to your door – from seafood feasts to quick and healthy family meals.”  All fish will be from sustainable sources, too. John Dory Seafood Bar opens 1st May, 625 High Road Leyton, E10 6RF Follow @john.dory.seafood

And don’t miss the Jellied Eel Pop-up

Jellied Eel Strange Brew
The Jellied Eel bar will be outside Strange Brew. Photo: SE

Meanwhile, over on Francis Road, we’re excited that our fav coffee hangout Strange Brew will finally open as a bar in the evening.

Yep, esteemed Walthamstow-based cocktail gurus Jellied Eel (previously at Manze’s) are launching their new alfresco Leyton pop-up cocktail bar on Weds 14th April.

Despite the name, absolutely no watery inhabitants will be harmed in the process. But, although there’s room on the terrace for an impressive 28 covers, you may still need to wrap up warm as no heaters are promised (at least to begin with).

“We’ll be serving some of our most popular cocktails, as well as a couple of new ones, and local craft beers and wines,” says head honcho Paul Jellis.

You’ll also be able to order Korean Street Food from Francis Road’s Zaxx (see our review here) straight to your table.

“It’s our first project in Leyton so we’re really looking forward to meeting some new people,” he says. We say: blood orange margaritas, dirty vodka martinis and ruby negronis, anyone? Hell yeah. Hic. From 14th April, and then every Weds-Sat from 5pm till 10pm, follow @jelliedeelbar, 179 Francis Road E10 6NQ

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