Brunch is always a good idea right? It didn’t quite feel that way on Saturday morning after one too many tequila-heavy margaritas the night before, but arriving at Eat 17 Walthamstow I remembered that yes actually, I did like brunch very much and could some please get me a coffee as quickly as possible?
Given Walthamstow is only a short bus journey away from me I’m not entirely sure why I’ve never been, but pretty safe to say after this weekend’s adventure we’ll be back soon. It feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of central London – a fact confirmed by my friend Lauren’s story that Walthamstow Village is the sort of the place where when the lavender becomes unruly in the summer, the ladies get together to prune it back again.
On her suggestion we headed to Eat 17 was the perfect brunch spot. It’s beautifully designed with comfy chairs, leather sofas and inviting tables. You can’t book on a Saturday before 12 but the restaurant is bigger than it looks and despite what looked like a short queue out the front, they were able to seat us straight away.
After a round of coffees and a bit of dithering over the menu, I went for the smoky baked beans with poached egg, Lauren for the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and James went for the french toast with fruit. Our savoury options were great: generous portions with loads of flavour – and the bread they both came with was totally delicious. James had a bit of order envy when his french toast turned up though. It was good but served with a very tart rhubarb compote wasn’t really the star of the show.
Busy as they were we didn’t feel rushed over a meal, and a under fifteen pounds a head for a big plate and a couple of coffees each, including service, it felt like pretty good value. It’s one to add to your list if you’re in the area one weekend morning.
Eat 17, 24-26 Orford Road, E17 9NJ – website here