Eating out

Leytonstone town centre only has a limited number of restaurants but covering a wide range of cuisines including Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Mediterranean, plus Romanian, and other styles of food a little further down the High Road towards Stratford.

I’ve featured a few restaurants here, but not all are covered yet. There are also many cafés and the popular Horizon patisserie, a Costa Coffee that opened in 2012, a large Macdonalds with a children’s play area, a Subway, plus food at a number of pubs including The Walnut Tree (J D Wetherspoons) Irish pub food at O’Neill’s (The Green Man), Crabtree’s Kitchen at the North Star and The Red Lion that reopened in the summer of 2011 which also provides dining. Overlooking the forest on Whipps Cross Road about 10 to 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre (or two stops on the 257 bus towards Walthamstow) is the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel which also serves food and for a traditional taste of the East End try the Eel & Pie House at Harrow Green.

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The Olive

The Olive opened in 2010 on Kirkdale Road opposite the tube station and serves Turkish, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with fresh dishes prepared daily. Olive restaurant website.


International cuisine. 761 High Road Leytonstone.


New in February 2013 is OJ’s Soul an African and Caribbean Restaurant and Bar by Tesco’s and opposite in O’Neills, taking over the premises that had been Baburchi Concept.



Right in the centre of Leytonstone High Road, Chopsticks provide a wide ranging Chinese Buffet with eat as much as you like and menu options. 686 High Road Leytonstone.


Further down towards the Overground line, Kam’s provides both sit-in and take-away Chinese meals.


Golden Orient

Indian restaurant. 639 High Road Leytonstone E11 4RD.

The Star of India

Award winning Indian restaurant. 875 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR. The Star of India website.

Winner of the Waltham Forest Guardian 2013 Food Awards. See Waltham Forest Guardian article.


Petch Sayam

682 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA.

A restaurant I have personally visited and always left feeling delighted. Good food, friendly staff and a little escape to another land when you enter from the bustle of the High Road. Petch Sayam website.


    1. I thought it was brilliant. Food was excellent and staff very knowledgeable. Can’t wait to go again.

  1. shame ichiban on the high road seems to have closed, should have been on this lost originally. hopefully something just as good opens up in it’s place.

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