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Wine Shop
“Trendy natural wine bar not too far away. Prepare to stand but it is really fun.”
24local recommendations
Cocktail Bar
$$$
“The East End’s first gin and vodka distillery, the East London Liquor Company has been knocking out expert cocktails for the last few years, but the industrial-meets-reclaimed wood style bar also does pretty delicious food. There’s a pizza oven and plenty of sharing plates to give a British twist to Italian classics. ”
31local recommendations
Deli / Bodega
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“With a combination of delicious food, great wines and a real ambience, Café Rouge has embodied the style and je ne sais quoi of French dining since it opened way back in 1989. The menu covers a range of French classics from croques and baguettes, ideal for a quick and easy snack, to more substantial fare such as steak frites and boeuf bourguignon. Likewise, the wines are predominately French; many made by lesser known producers, and provide the perfect accompaniment to the food on offer”
27local recommendations
Deli / Bodega
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“This is a fantastic cafe/deli with wonderful italian bread and cheese, great coffee and its just across the street”
23local recommendations
Liquor Store
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“Inside a former WW1 munitions factory sits Mother’s Ruin, a boutique gin palace that distills and sells over seventy gins. All the botanicals and ingredients they use are either taken from their orchards, or else foraged from the wilds of Walthamstow. Best of all, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the place turns into a cosy cocktail bar, making this place a veritable Walthamstow ginstitution.”
19local recommendations
Vacation Rental
“Very convenient and stocks most basics. Getting much better on organic produce lately.”
12local recommendations
Italian Restaurant
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“Family-run Italian deli and restaurant serving stone-baked pizzas amid shelves of wine and produce.”
28local recommendations
Wine Shop
“Selling wines and a wide selection of craft beers from micro-breweries around London. ”
25local recommendations
Wine Shop
$$$
“Top a little card up with some credit and go on a wine tasting spree...you can even taste from some of the most expensive bottles going. Try before you buy”
25local recommendations
Butcher
“The best butcher in the area and the go-to destination for fresh meat and a delicious assortment of sundries...”
20local recommendations
Deli / Bodega
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“Deli/coffee shop offering food & wine and the occasional live entertainment. ”
20local recommendations
Convenience Store
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“Smaller supermarket, but good for getting all the basics. Open until midnight most days, and until 6pm on Sundays. Cash point / ATM machine outside. ”
11local recommendations
Convenience Store
“Right outside Mile End station (under the bridge) Will have all the basics! ”
15local recommendations
Convenience Store
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“This local Sainsbury's is just around the corner and is perfect for essential items such as milk and a few basic groceries. ”
13local recommendations
Deli / Bodega
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“Chic, all-day cafe-deli with marble-topped tables, for seasonal organic plates and salads.”
25local recommendations
Liquor Store
“Rustic vibrant venue offering daily changing plates of creative global food and 200 artisan wines, including natural wines (Lordship Lane – 20 minute walk, 5 minute cab)”
21local recommendations