Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Capricho – Portuguese Kitchen

The forgotten part of Barkingside Town Centre, round the corner past the Fairlop Oak in Fencepiece Road, has a new restaurant. It’s not the normal café/takeaway we associate with Barkingside; this one is aiming at the high-end market normally associated with South Woodford or Gants Hill. Having lost Chubby Panda (wipes tear from cheek) this could be the critical mass for a new era in Barkingside. Complementing this night-time restaurant we have the Turkish Café 104, Spice, Birashwamys and Sharod. A thriving night-time economy needs variety.

Introducing Marta Freitas, a local Barkingside resident, and her new passion Capricho – a Portuguese restaurant. She is from Portugal so you can expect authentic Portuguese food and wine. Whenever someone says I’d like a bookshop/whatever in the High Street the answer is always, “fine, if you think there is a market for it, you open one”. Marta did it and jolly good luck to her.

It’s in Fencepiece Road by the junction with Tomswood Hill where Triton Cycles used to be.

Not sure on the vegetarian/vegan options but I expect our local reporter will let us know.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

All Change and No Change

We have a report of two new shops in Barkingside High Street.

The long empty Essex News at number 44 is to be a Money Exchange, whatever that means.

And further up at number 86 where Toyology was and then Armour is to open as a, wait for it, Coffee Time. Not sure if this is a café or just sells coffee beans.

And even further up at number 116 1st Step Mobility has closed.

Still no sign of any activity at the old Post Office or Fullwell Autos