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Our Top 10 new openings of 2023 in Leyton & Leytonstone – revealed

We rank the best food & drink arrivals this year

Despite the harsh economic climate, it’s been a strong twelve months for a raft of unique new food & drink arrivals in the area. Without further ado, here are some we especially rated:

1. Burnt Smokehouse E10 (pictured above) – The railway arches success story of the year, it’s so popular we’ve almost given up on getting a spot.  Almost. Read the full review. 

2. Homies On Donkeys E11 – When London’s most famous taco dons announced their move to Leytonstone, the area rejoiced. And the rave reviews followed. Read ours

Back To Ours E11
The cafe Back To Ours. Photo: SE
3. Back To Ours E11 – This beautifully thought-out space makes clever use of its location and surprisingly leafy outdoors. Great coffee, sweet treats and bread too. Full story.


4. Libertalia Brewery Taproom E10 – We’re all for more openings in the area’s empty railway arches – and this labour of love from two friends is worth seeking out. Interview here. 

5. Mum Likes Thai Food E11 – Sure, it’s early days here, but the area desperately needed another Thai restaurant with Singburi an increasingly tricky proposition to secure a table. But what’s the Pad Thai like?

Blondies Brewery. Photo: SE
6. Blondies Brewery E10 – Clapton’s hip bar expanded to a full-on brewery taproom.  And where better location than Leyton’s enterprising Patchworks warehouse? More here. 

7. Baba’s Village E11 – Another buzzy and fun BYOB in central Leytonstone. Go for the marinated chicken thighs – or the dhal. Full review.

8. Cafe Mola E10 – A brand new reboot of much-loved Curved Brick cafe from the ‘teens. Friendly staff and more seating than we remember. More here.

Baba's Village
Feasting at Baba’s. Photo: SE

9. Palmeira E10 – The original Portuguese cafe’s decision to expand next door with rustic restaurant and tapas bar is extremely welcome on Leyton High Road. Review here.

10. Pavilion Bakery E10 – Argall Avenue is an underrated part of E10: we loved previous incarnation Lighthaus, but Hackney’s respected cafe did this stylish venue proud. More here. 

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