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Daisy’s cafe, Hoe Street

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Daisy’s is another cafe I frequent with my partner, usually on Sunday mornings after we’ve been to the farmer’s market. We originally liked it for it’s nice range of light lunches like paninis and ciabattas. But I also came to appreciate other aspects. It sold art by local artists and had a very family friendly lower area with toys for the kids.

Recently they’ve branched into selling gifts. It’s all rather feminine and seems to be drawing in a lot of the ‘yummy mummy’ set that would usually frequent Eat17 in the village. This actually makes it more pleasant as it no longer attracts groups of young Eastern European men who drink endless coffee and letch the staff. They’re better off at Rio’s on the high street where they can sit and smoke outside.

Anyway while the gifts are very feminine (lots of pink, love hearts and jewellery) it at least gives you something nice to look at.

It is licensed so it can sell alcohol. I don’t believe it is open in the evenings though. Being off the high street it probably doesn’t get as much passing custom but is well worth the two minute walk from the top of the High Street.

Gifts for sale in Daisy's window


Windmill cafe, lower High Street

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm

(Okay, restaurant reviews aren’t ‘weird’, but I really care about supporting quality local businesses.)

I’ve been coming here with my partner since it opened about, oh, four years ago? We come most weekends for lunch and sometimes in the evening for meals or tapas, especially when we have friends visiting.

The tapas reveals the key point about the Windmill – it is very much Portuguese. It has pictures of windmills and ‘A’ shaped houses. The menu reflects this too with a few fish dishes and the tapas. They also do an interesting take on the English all day breakfast with sauté potatoes and nice toasted bread.

The staff are very friendly. It dresses up a bit in the evening with tablecloths and candles but is informal enough to go eat out on the spur of the moment. It also plays a lot of Portuguese music. Most curious are the CDs of cover versions – working out their original titles gives you something to do while eating!

Love Walthamstow

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

Well on Saturday there was a ‘Love Walthamstow’ event on the former arcade site. While I missed that I walked past on Sunday morning and saw that there are lots of pictures of Walthamstow on the hoardings. They’re pretty good and well worth a loom if you’re passing by.