Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Comings and Goings on Barkingside High Street

It’s Farewell to Reeds Rains estate agents. They have moved further down Cranbrook Road to the Gants Hill area. Coffee Time has also shut up shop.

On the Hello side:

The old Post Office units look to be opening soon as a Waffle Bar and Rossi’s Ice Cream is back and located inside the Quidsaver supermarket.

Meanwhile rumours about the long vacant premises that was Fullwell Autos, at State Parade opposite the Fairlop Oak, are somewhat confusing. Some say it is to be a Pizza place, but our main man on the spot is reliably informed that it will be a Tuition Centre.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Barkingside Waffle

A few days ago I passed by the premises that used to house the old Post Office in Barkingside High Street and which have been empty for over two years now. There were new shutters covering the frontages and strange noises were emanating from within. Squeaking, grinding, howling noises indicating something unusual was going on behind closed doors.

And so it came to pass that we learn these premises are being transformed into a new Redbridge Council chamber in the form of a Waffle Bar.

Elsewhere, we now have another Florist on Broadway Parade where Miselles used to be, RAM estate agents have opened where Thomas Cook used to be and we have another Hair and Beauty place in the half unit where Fashion Nails used to be.

Further down the delicatessen has morphed into an eggless cake and bakers.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

The Right Move

We can confirm that Fashion Nails, currently in a half unit at 147 High Street will be moving to number 80, the former Mayfair Stationers who have now gone to “online” trading.

Meanwhile we have a whisper that 1st Step Mobility at number 116 will be replaced with Hunter Estate Agents.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Flowers and Vacancies

As reported back in January the new Kiosk by the side of the swimming pool is to be a Florist. Fully Floral plan to open at the end of May or early June.

Meanwhile the former Post Office, which has been "Acquired for Clients" for some time, is now available To Let.

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