Food and Drink
Feast from the East
Nearby retail parks host their share of trusted family favourite chains, from Nando’s to Subway, but there are also some local independent gems. If you’re after great homemade pizzas, you won’t want to miss Caloroso, while for mouthwatering burgers there’s the 1950s Americana-themed Big Moe’s diner.
Up in East Ham enjoy coffee and homemade baking at Central Park Café after a stroll round its quirky and historic park. Nearby there’s also the Red Lion, a revamped traditional boozer now serving pizzas, craft beers and cocktails. And if you love authentic Turkish food, Alex’s Place is one of the best grill houses in east London. East Ham high street is lined with a raft of authentic south Indian restaurants and cafés – eat your way from end to the other!
The Black and White Lounge is one of the capital’s few Lithuanian restaurants – think delicious seafood, salads and grills – while Yi Ban by the old docks is all about authentic Chinese dim sum feasts. Minh is a tempting Vietnamese to rival anything in Shoreditch, and Tapa Tapa near Excel is a warm and welcoming Spanish kitchen. Or if you’re after a bit of old East End tradition, you can’t go wrong at top-rated Lucas Fish Bar or either BJ’s traditional pie and mash shops.
As we’re near the river you might expect some historic inns and taverns – and you’re not wrong. Galyons Bar and Kitchen, marooned in a sea of new builds, was built in Victorian times as an overnight hotel for travellers taking P&O steam ships out to India, it is now a spacious and welcoming gastropub! Other great Docklands pubs include the pretty Fox @ Connaught the marina-view Pepper Saint Ontoid and the cheerful, octagonal Custom House Pub. Or get on board the Oiler Bar, a pub on a boat, with seats above or below deck weather-depending. If you’re an altogether classier evening, hit WXYZ bar for cocktails, but we also have to put in a good word for the rather faded Edwardian grandeur of the Boleyn Tavern in East Ham – visit for the longest bar in Britain alone!