King Eddie’s VII – the hidden gastro-gem of Stratford, London
Anyone keeping track of how many days it is until The London Olympic Games? If you don’t know already, the main Olympic site is located in Stratford, East London, home to the soon-to-be-opened Westfield Stratford shopping centre, multiple newly-built office blocks and hotels. If you happen to visit Stratford now, it is pretty much a building site and has been for the last couple of years. Roads have been rebuilt and sidewalks smartened up. Cabbies tell me they can hardly recognise the area.
What with the Olympic village and new shopping centre, there will be a high influx of restaurants, bistros and cafes into the area over the next 12 months and beyond – a massive improvement on what’s available right now. Nando’s is about the most upmarket food-joint I can think of within a 10 minute walk from Stratford station.
The relatively unknown gem amongst the current choices of fast-food joints and Wetherspoons is King Eddie’s VII. With a light-blue painted facade and trimmed hanging topiary balls, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re walking past a pub on an English village high street. We’ve been twice on a Sunday afternoon and surprisingly, the place has been pretty empty. Mind you there must be seating for at least 70 persons indoors and another 20 in the small outdoor space at the back. They may have taken the term ‘distressed furniture’ a tad too far, some sofas were literally falling apart. But otherwise, the interior is cosy with wooden panelled walls, small sun roof and a fireplace for the winter.
You’ll find your typical pub menu that includes Sunday roast (£13), sausage and mash (£8.50) and fish and chips (£9), and a great selection of unusual British beers. I dare say the food is as good, if not better than some of the gastropubs I’ve tried in Central London. Our Sunday roast serving was HUGE, good value for money and delicious. Service is casual and friendly, it being a pub they do leave you on your own though so don’t expect much interaction after you order at the bar.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to hold tickets to one of the Olympic events next year, don’t forget to come round for a pint or more round King Eddie’s.
Sunday roast for two with drinks came to circa £32
King Edward VII is located at 47 Broadway, Stratford E15 4BQ