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Delice cafe review

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm

My partner and I usually have Sunday brunch in Daisy’s cafe on Hoe Street after visiting the farmers market. But that’s been shut for renovation for the past month. So 2 weeks ago we tried Delice a little further down. And we returned there today!

I’ve walked past many times but assumed it was more of a cake shop with all the cake references. While they seem to be a bakery it is also a cafe. The first time I went I had a tuna pasta bake with salad and this time I had a large chicken burrito. The salad bot times was really nice and each meal was good at just $4.50. My partner has taken a shine to their Spanish omlette.

It was quiet today but a bit busy last time. They have a lot of seating and the both times we had our food served really quickly.

They have a board full of lovely sounding sweets including waffles. Anyone remember when Eat 17 was a waffle restaurant?
Anyway after Daisy’s is back in service I think we may change our allegiance. Delice has a wide array of sandwich options plus different hot lunches. Worth that extra 2 minutes walk down Hoe Street in my opinion.

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The Bell Pub review

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2014 at 3:42 pm

So a week late in a way as we went to the revamped Bell pub after visiting the William Morris Gallery last weekend.

I never went to the old pub before the revamp and it’s over a year since that happened. While I live just 15 minutes walk away in Higham Hill it’s just not on my route to anywhere. Even when I’m going to the big post sorting office or Walthamstow Central I will avoid that corner and cut down Jewel Road (and if I really want a beer I can stop off in the Rose and Crown). But I’m glad we finally made the effort.

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The pub is outfitted in the now typical ‘shabby chic’ (q.v. Chequers and Cafe 56). Lots of mirrors on the walls and mismatched chairs. A few sofas. Still, it has a lot of personality and I was very glad to see families and couples enjoying themselves there. When we went there was a selection of Motown playing, which gets Weird Walthamstow’s seal of approval.

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There was a selection of ales so I had a Hotback Summer Lightening. I was asked if I’d like a jug or straight glass, which shows focus to the main product! My partner isn’t a drinker so had a coffee which apparently rated ‘okay’. Their menu is typical top end pub grub; not cheap but no doubt nice. I was still peckish after wandering an exhibition so decided to try the bar snack menu and have a £2.75 sausage roll.

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See how nice that looks? Tasted lovely too.

Sadly they don’t seem to have free wifi  – 21st Centuary, guys! The toilets seemed clean and well maintained. It’s always nice to avoid ‘dive’ pubs.

It’s a bit out of my way but I will be making that effort to visit again soon. It’s worth it.

Jeremy Deller: English Magic exhibition at the William Morris gallery

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Having a spare Saturday my parner and I made the short trip over to the wonderfully re-invented William Morris gallery. After a nice lunch in the slightly overpriced cafe we drifted into the side exhibition room.

The exhibition seemed a bit bare and random until we were given a guide. And then it all clicked together. The exhibition explores the relationship between art and politics , specifically socialism (Morris reference!). It’s actually powerful and touching. One piece is a collection of artefacts from the fall of communist Russia like food tokens and bonds from de-nationalise companies. It compares the writings of Morris and the oligarchs’ grabbing of these former state resources using money of suspect origin.

Another work is a collection of art from former soldiers of people involved in the Iraq and Afganistan conflicts. Heartbreakingly these men are in prison, illustrating how the social machine grinds through the common man to benefit the rich and powerful.

The work was commissioned for the Venice Biennale 2013 by the British Council. The exhibition will be touring the UK soon.

The exhibition is spread up the stairwell and the first floor landing as well as the dedicated exhibition space and is well worth catching. Well done to the Gallery for such a thoughtful, intelligent show.