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Beerblefish taproom, Uplands business park

In Drink on August 22, 2021 at 8:35 pm

Beer and Science Fiction are two of my favourite things.

As a long time member of the Douglas Adams fanclub, ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, I’m pretty sure I’d heard of Beerblefish‘s Hitchhikers’s Guide themed beers before. But I didn’t know they were in nearby Edmonton until I heard they’d opened a taproom on the Blackhorse Beer Mile. So on Saturday with a bit of time to kill between lunch and dinner I went for a couple of pints.

It’s a sign!

I knew it was on the Uplands park near Exale‘s taproom. Fortunately there was a couple of sign’s starting at the junction after the one for Exale. In fact I think it is the other side of the same building as Exale. Which is convenient.

I don’t know what the redaction bars in the logo are about. And I’m miffed it’s not unit 42.

The venue is just like every other industrial estete taproom you ever went into. Tables and chairs, a bar, music, the feeling you’re drinking in an industrial unit. There’s a lot of tools and equipment in a corner so I suspect they have a lot of work still to do. But the massive starfield at one end of the room is a great centerpiece.

I thought the vikings were in Dirk Gently?

Oddly there are no taps on or behind the bar. When I ordered the barman went into a room behind the bar visible through a window to pull my pint from the barrel. Maybe the bar furniture is something still to be plumbed in?

The brewery has two groups of drinks:

A modern style selection with the craft ale fun names.
The Heritage range made to 19th centuary recipes.

I went for the 1892 IPA, which was in what I think of as the British style being a coppery colour and less hoppy. It was nice but after I went for something lighter and chose their lager (I forget the name, it’s not on their site) which was refreshing. They had Infinite Improbability on tap but I don’t get on with Saisons. I did get three bottles of take out for next weekend. There are also snacks and soft drinks.

As I had a nice read of my videogame magazine I relaxed to the reggae mix album they had on. A couple with two young children flicked through the kids books avaiable. A few blokes sat in one corner and other people drifted in and out for a drink.

There is a large selection of boardgames (the list is on the website) and they even have a free pool table. No wifi. the toilets are new and smart; I suspect they reflect the standard the taproom will be building to over time like Exale did.

It’s a fish shaped like a pint glass.

Last year ZZ9 was planning a fourth Slouch to Walthamstow. A Slouch is a get together of members to wander and explore an area. These usually end in a pub with real ale. While the pandemic delayed it when it finally happens we’ll have a great destination to end the day in. And as it’s open on Thursday evenings (like Exale) I have a new venue for a weeknight post-work pint too!

Toast cafe

In food on August 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm

So when Toast opened on the High Street a few months ago I have to admit I took against the name. I had visions of a twee hipster novelty where grilled bread was an illicit proletarian delicacy for more refined tastes. However my partner and a friend really rated it so this Sunday I gave it a go.

Sorry about the phone pic but it does illustrate the range of fillings.

So Toast is a coffee shop that has a few snacks, cakes and soft drinks but really specialises in toasted sandwiches. These are competatively priced around £4 so with a drink a lunch wouldn’t cost you much over a fiver. I had the chilli cheese and beans and it was rather nice. Sandwiches are served on rectangular slates so if you get annoyed by food not on plates maybe it’s not for you. You get a choice of bread that they rather proudly explain is baked especially for them. There’s a big choice of fillings.

I’m told the coffee is nice (I had an Earl Grey tea).

Crisp on the outside, gooy in the middle.

There’s a mix of seating available. I like to sit up when eating so we grabbed a table and chairs. There’s a window area with stools if you want to people watch and sofas and armchairs round the back of the counter for a quiet sit with your coffee. And some outside tables. I like the mix. The black walls are a brave choice, offset with wood furniture and lots of lights. There are photos of celebrities around the walls with Toast cups photoshopped in their hands. I’m not sure the one of the Kray twins is entirely in good taste for East London.

There is free wifi with a direct access portal that doesn’t ask for personal data or passwords.

Matching furniture; is ‘shabby chic’ out of fashion now?

Overall it’s a nice coffee shop that focuses on one food type but does it very well. It’s far enough away from Crate that it won’t compete in the coffee and cheese toastie stakes with Long and Short Coffee (who have no seating space indoors anyway). I’ll certainly be back and working my way through that toastie menu.

Gökyüzü review

In food on August 1, 2021 at 2:09 pm

Yes, I’m copying and pasting that name because I don’t know how to type umlauts.

At the start of July I had a week off work, a bit of a London staycation. Since my partner doesn’t work on Fridays we decided to go and try the new turkish place on the side of Selbourne Walk. As it was a sunny day we sat outside under an awning so I didn’t actually go inside!

Outside cuisine

We were settled at our table with a jug of water, appreciated on a warm day. The menu is fairly typical Turkish cuisine. Many dishes come in medium and large sizes, as it was lunch we went for ‘medium’ which we thought worked out well. I went for an Adana kebab and my partner had a lamb shish. The meals came with two salad dishes, one a leafy salad with carrots and cucumber. The other a white sauce salad (yogurt, I think). I had a bottle of Efes draft to go with mine as I was on ‘holiday’.

My Adana kebab
Side Salad

The food was very nice, and well presented. Overall I think Gökyüzü is at the top end of what you can pay in Walthamstow for Turkish food, but not abusively so. I’ll certainly be back for a nice sit down meal.