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Where to Eat When Campaigning in Chingford and Woodford Green

English breakfasts, Turkish grills, Greek barbecue, one of the best Indian restaurants in east London — and more

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Historically a Tory stronghold, Chingford and Woodford Green suddenly looks up for grabs this time around, with current MP and architect of Universal Credit Iain Duncan-Smith having a majority of just 2,438 and facing a strong challenge from local Labour candidate, Faiza Shaheen. Nestled amongst Chingford’s expansive woodland, heaths and ponds, busy Station Road and its surroundings are home to some great examples of independent restaurateurs which have become fixtures in their community.

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The Holly Trail Cafe

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Up near the forest, this little café is a great stopover after a brisk walk, being located opposite the 18th Green at Chingford Golf Course and a stone’s throw from the Holly Trail walk on the edge of Chingford Plains. Its menu includes English breakfasts, pancakes and freshly baked scones. 

Touch of Greek

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Newly established in April last year, this family-run Greek restaurant has live music in the evenings and monthly programme of events. A menu bursting with traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes showcases barbecued seafood, homemade sausages and stewed meats.

Trattoria Ibleo Restaurant

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Sicilian cuisine is front and centre at Trattoria Ibleo, where chef and owner Antonio Criscione has incorporated the food of his heritage with more mainstream pan-Italian dishes. Try the zuppa de ceci (chickpea soup) and the cannoli, lightly dusted with sugar and chocolate.

La Baita

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Excellent homemade desserts and the timeless, cosy feel of this neighbourhood Italian have even attracted local celebrities, whose pictures adorn the walls. Warm service and large portions have ensured La Baita has been a longstanding installation in the area.

Kings Head Chingford

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A community pub serving a variety of food and a wide range of guest and house ales on tap. Being dog-friendly, hosting two quizzes a week, and serving roast dinners served all day Sundays (with free top ups of Yorkshire puddings, gravy and roast potatoes) make it a worthwhile stopover while exploring the area’s greenery. 

The Feel Good Café

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This vegan cafe is all about cruelty-free living and helping the planet; Feel Good’s ethos has made it a popular choice amongst locals. The pasties, burgers, sausage rolls and coconut milk smoothies are all popular. But the vegan versions of Snickers and Twix make it really worth the visit.

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Helen's Coffee on the Green

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Inviting little Mediterranean cafe offering home-cooked food. Helen’s is a community favourite, with a family room private catering, meze evenings and afternoon tea. The beef brisket bagels and ciabatta filled with iounza (Greek ham) are standouts.

Gökyüzü

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Diverting, at the end of a long day, to the Southend Road branch of the late-night Harringay stalwart, run by the Yavuz family, is a good idea. From its spacious premises at Trinity Park, Gökyüzü specialises in sharing platters and recipes from the family’s ancestral village of Kahramanmaras, Turkey.

Grand Trunk Road

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Showcasing the cooking of the Grand Trunk Road, an ancient trade route that stretched between Kabul to Kolkata, the menu at this smart venue includes North Indian and Bengali dishes. Try excellent tandoor king prawns, Punjabi chaats, butter chicken, Amritsari tilapia with ajwain seeds, or baby okra cooked with vinegar and beetroot. And don’t miss out on the bread basket. Perfect for a treat at the end of a day on the doorstep.

The Holly Trail Cafe

Up near the forest, this little café is a great stopover after a brisk walk, being located opposite the 18th Green at Chingford Golf Course and a stone’s throw from the Holly Trail walk on the edge of Chingford Plains. Its menu includes English breakfasts, pancakes and freshly baked scones. 

Touch of Greek

Newly established in April last year, this family-run Greek restaurant has live music in the evenings and monthly programme of events. A menu bursting with traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes showcases barbecued seafood, homemade sausages and stewed meats.

Trattoria Ibleo Restaurant

Sicilian cuisine is front and centre at Trattoria Ibleo, where chef and owner Antonio Criscione has incorporated the food of his heritage with more mainstream pan-Italian dishes. Try the zuppa de ceci (chickpea soup) and the cannoli, lightly dusted with sugar and chocolate.

La Baita

Excellent homemade desserts and the timeless, cosy feel of this neighbourhood Italian have even attracted local celebrities, whose pictures adorn the walls. Warm service and large portions have ensured La Baita has been a longstanding installation in the area.

Kings Head Chingford

A community pub serving a variety of food and a wide range of guest and house ales on tap. Being dog-friendly, hosting two quizzes a week, and serving roast dinners served all day Sundays (with free top ups of Yorkshire puddings, gravy and roast potatoes) make it a worthwhile stopover while exploring the area’s greenery. 

The Feel Good Café

Instagram/@thefeelgoodcafe

This vegan cafe is all about cruelty-free living and helping the planet; Feel Good’s ethos has made it a popular choice amongst locals. The pasties, burgers, sausage rolls and coconut milk smoothies are all popular. But the vegan versions of Snickers and Twix make it really worth the visit.

Instagram/@thefeelgoodcafe

Helen's Coffee on the Green

Inviting little Mediterranean cafe offering home-cooked food. Helen’s is a community favourite, with a family room private catering, meze evenings and afternoon tea. The beef brisket bagels and ciabatta filled with iounza (Greek ham) are standouts.

Gökyüzü

Diverting, at the end of a long day, to the Southend Road branch of the late-night Harringay stalwart, run by the Yavuz family, is a good idea. From its spacious premises at Trinity Park, Gökyüzü specialises in sharing platters and recipes from the family’s ancestral village of Kahramanmaras, Turkey.

Grand Trunk Road

Showcasing the cooking of the Grand Trunk Road, an ancient trade route that stretched between Kabul to Kolkata, the menu at this smart venue includes North Indian and Bengali dishes. Try excellent tandoor king prawns, Punjabi chaats, butter chicken, Amritsari tilapia with ajwain seeds, or baby okra cooked with vinegar and beetroot. And don’t miss out on the bread basket. Perfect for a treat at the end of a day on the doorstep.

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