Fast forward a couple more and Filly Brook transformed a former scouts’ hut into one of Leytonstone’s most popular dining rooms (we’re regularly turned away if we try and walk-in without a booking), while the lovely airy window counter at Unity Cafe is our go-to for a coffee and pastel de nata on a Sunday morning.
And if you want to poke around for gifts, there’s even the newest branch of lifestyle store Jo & Kesi, which specialises in all things locally made.
The latest arrival to this unlikely corner is Arch Deli, coincidentally on the day that equally lovely wine bar To Be Consumed shuts its doors on the other side of the tracks (read what they’re planning tomorrow, March 26th, here.)
A neighbourhood delicatessen, natural wine and craft beer store, it’s the first venue from Clapton-based experienced brewer Michaela Zelenanska, who was manager at Clapton Craft, and helped set up the Kernel Taproom.
It’ll be the perfect place to pick up a few artisan products for the weekend. “Having worked in Spa Terminus in Bermondsey I know a lot of producers/importers based there,” she says. You can also linger with a filter batch coffee, grab a bottle of wine for dinner or just sit and neck some quality vino or local craft beer, “mainly outside in the spring and summer,” she says.
Arch Deli launches tonight, 25th March. Follow @archdeli on Instagram. Arch 211 Grove Green Road, Leytonstone E11 4AJ