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Village Kitchen  

41 Orford Road,


London, E17 9NJ    map

Tel. 020 8509 2144

Web Site - New Web Site (Jan 2012)

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!

Posted 15th July 2010

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

The 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 e17foodanddrink.co.uk.
Previous experiences have been both good and bad. Having heard that there had been some improvements we went along hopeful of mind. The atmosphere was pleasant with that modern brown and burgundy furnishing that is so often found in contemporary restaurants, lounge rooms and trendy wine bars, the lighting subdued and tasteful.
VK was full on arrival at 9pm… at 9.45 we were still waiting for our starters (eek!). A few minutes later (after a little encouragement) starters arrived - my impatient irritation was muted by some very nice mussels in a white wine and cream sauce (mussels can be difficult, these were not). The brie (which should have been a bit runny and maybe even a bit warm) was stiff and cold and disappointing and its accompanying raspberries may well have been previously frozen. This was the low point of the meal, though. Everything else was very good indeed.
The bottle of shiraz, although a tad over-priced at £18, was good. The salmon with green beans and the sea bream with butternut squash were both very tasty and expertly cooked. The service was friendly without being false. Starters cost around £5 to £6. Main courses were between £10 and £15 with side dishes extra.
I noticed a few items on the dessert menu that have been there for at least five years – I guess they must be either good sellers or difficult to shift! In the end we chanced what turned out to be a scrumptious vanilla cheesecake (£5).
I’m not sure whether this visit has gone any way to proving the consistency of VK but the experience definitely was a positive one. VK is open for lunch as well but this has yet to be experienced. You could visit their web site at
www.vkltd.co.uk but it’s a bit of a waste of a click...

Nov 08

Posted 8th January 2010


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.



Posted 6th January 2009

I took the wife to the Village Kitchen for a pre Christmas meal. I booked a table but there was really no need because when we got there it was all but empty. I had some mussels for starter which was offered with a choice of two sauces - cream with chili or classic white wine. I ordered the classic white wine sauce and received cream with chili which was very rich but quite tasty - good start. The wife had a king prawn starter which she enjoyed but struggled to eat due to the fact there were lots of prawns, I had one, they were nice. The main course I had was salmon with mange tout and sauté potatoes with a beetroot oil dressing. The presentation was very impressive and the food was cooked very well, my only criticism was that the whole dish was a bit oily (maybe more beetroot and less oil next time). The wife had seafood linguini (more prawns!) which was hearty, well cooked and tasty (I had some of that too). 
Oh almost forgot to mention the green side salad which we had to return because the salad dressing was foul, salty and inedible - we refused to pay for it and the item was credited without an explanation or apology.. The apple tart we shared for sweet was very moreish and was a nice end to a pleasant meal.

So, I bit mixed really. Will we go back? Probably...Maybe

Brian (and Trish)


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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.
Visited again on 30th November with some friends. The food was really lovely, as was the atmosphere. The staff, although very pleasant and accommodating were a tad on the slow side, but we still all enjoyed our lunch despite that.


Oh dear! After having a nice experience on 30/11/08, we went in again over the Christmas period, on an evening.
Unfortunately, the place was very cold. I ordered a starter of goats cheese, served on a bed of roasted meditation vegetables, what I actually got was goats cheese, served on a bed of boiled broccoli, boiled carrots and boiled potatoes, what a combination. I should have sent it back, instead I ate the goats cheese a left the rest. When the waitress came to collect the plate I tried to explain, but although she was very sweet, she could not speak or understand English very well.
They do tend to either leave items out or replace them without notice, which is very annoying.
The thing is, when they are good, they are very good. If only they were consistent, we would go there more regularly instead of giving them a miss for months on end.


Posted 9th January 2009

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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