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41 Orford Road,
London, E17 9NJ map
Tel. 020 8509 2144
I have been visiting the Village Kitchen fairly regularly since the beginning of the year (probably been about once a month) and have never had a bad experience.
It is just up the road from me so it is a lovely treat to take a book and sit and relax while being looked after by Hannah, the ever wonderful waitress. On my first visit I was putting cracked pepper on my meal and she overheard the fact that the pepper grinder was almost empty and got me a fresh one. Now that's service above and beyond what you would receive in most places I suspect!
The food has always been lovely, cooked just as requested, and there is no skimping on the servings. The menu has changed recently and they now offer kangaroo. It is good to see something so different and unexpected in one's local restaurant. The white chocolate cheesecake is to die for, and Hannah rustles up a fabulous Raspberry Bellini too.
It is also lovely to be recognised when I walk in and greeted in such a friendly way. Hannah also knows I am there to relax and asks the kitchen not to rush my meal so I can enjoy myself (without my even having to ask). Terrific service.
I recently took friends there on their final night in the UK after travelling around Europe for 3 months. After all their experiences, they reckoned their meal at the Village Kitchen was one of the best that they had had.
Highly recommended and I'll be back!
We don’t eat out that often (as we prefer not to leave our beloved dog behind) but for a birthday we make special arrangements. Last year we’d taken a party to the Village Kitchen, and had a thoroughly nice evening, so we thought we’d do the same again exactly a year later. We were accommodated in the small, intimate room at the back of the restaurant.
Once again, a resounding success. They have a deal on during June where two courses are provided for under £13 (I wasn’t paying so didn’t notice the exact amount!). There was a plentiful choice of both starters and main courses. We had a great time there (efficiently served by the amiable Hannah, who remembered us well) and I have to admit I didn’t pay that much attention to what everyone else was having, although I’m certain everyone else was entirely happy. I had a simply wonderful French onion soup with a substantial slice of toasted cheese baguette on top. I do love onion soup, although it can be far too salty – this was just right. For the main course I had a ribeye steak (£3 supplement) with potatoes in a red wine and cherry tomato jus which really was something – not just the peculiar dribble you get in some places. The steak itself was flavoursome with the right balance of texture and tenderness. Followed that with strawberry cheesecake. They were a bit short on waiting staff that night, but we didn’t notice any problem – service was very careful and positively warm: the two with “difficult” food allergies were specifically remembered and well provided for. We had plenty of wine (a particularly nice Cabernet Shiraz) and Hannah had found me a Campari & soda (remembering that I love this!). I’m told the bill worked out at £27.40 per head, including (well-deserved) service.
My first ever restaurant bill (a Pizzeria in Bristol) came to four shillings, so I’ve been eating out in restaurants for a long time! Nevertheless, I was surprised by how good the food was last night. Well done Hannah, and all at the Village Kitchen. We really should go there more often.
Posted June 24th 21010
Village Kitchen is part of a small chain of local restaurants, the
others being located in Woodford and Chingford. Not having been to VK
for a few years the team decided to give it another try for the cause of
This Christmas Day lunch, my family decided that I should have a rest from cooking, so we booked Village Kitchen for lunch. We had the 3.30pm sitting. It was lovely. They were full and despite the fact the staff were very busy, they were very friendly & efficient. The food was really nice and we had a really lovely long leisurely afternoon.
6th January 2009
I bit mixed really. Will we go back? Probably...Maybe
Posted 8th January 2009
We have been going to The Village Kitchen
on and off for years now, as it is so hit and miss.
Oh dear! After having a nice experience on 30/11/08, we went in again
over the Christmas period, on an evening.
I have eaten in The Village kitchen since it opened as a sandwich bar on Hoe St. about 15 years ago. It moved to its present location on Orford Rd. where it has developed into a trendy modern European restaurant. My first few experiences of the restaurant were disappointing, reminding me of Timothy Small’s restaurant “The Regret Rien” in the Mike Leigh film, Life is Sweet - rather vile combinations of food, that didn’t really work and were terribly over-priced. I avoided the place for years. Recently I was lucky enough to be taken there for dinner, twice in fact, the first time in November. On that occasion my meal on the whole was delicious. I had a generous portion of moist bream, which was nicely seasoned and served on tasty, roasted squash with mange tout. The vegetables were perfectly cooked, with the mange tout retaining its crunchiness. I had a side order of mashed potato but that was too salty and stodgy. I had a lovely dessert and a decent bottle of fruity Shiraz. However my starter of ice-cold brie with some raspberries was terrible. I was expecting something more refined, perhaps with a tastier dressing (not raspberry jam), maybe with caramelised onion and some green leaves. I was happy to go again over the Christmas holidays. The second time was quite good too, but there were no specials that night, and the printed menu was the same as before. As a pescetarian (fish, no meat), I ended up having prawns as a starter and as a main course with pasta (the prawns were exactly the same in each dish). Perhaps I wouldn’t be quite so quick to return if I had to pay for the meal myself, but I wouldn’t mind at a push. I must mention the staff were very polite and understanding when I accidentally set fire to my napkin on the lighted candle. I apologise if the black marks on the wallpaper were difficult to remove.
The Village Kitchen is not a bad modern
European restaurant but will never win a Michelin star.
Posted 14th April 2009
Went to The Village Kitchen on Bank holiday Monday lunch time. We noticed that they had a £5.00 a dish menu on, so you could have a starter and main for £10, what a bargain! The food was really nice and there was a nice selection on offer. It was lovely and relaxing.
They also have a new manager named Hannah, who is very friendly and aims to please, she doesn't disappoint.
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