All reader reviews by Beth

Eat 17 (Walthamstow)

I've eaten at Eat 17 a few times over the last few weeks since its reopening and would recommend it highly. The new layout is a massive improvement and is much more spacious. It always felt like eating in a corridor before but they've made it feel very contemporary and warm with eclectic furniture and good quality glassware (something I like). The bar area looks inviting, but so far I've only been to eat.

The food definitely lives up to the surroundings. My boyfriend is a fussy vegetarian, but there are 3 (count them!) veggie dishes on the menu and he likes 2 of them, which is unheard of. As a fish-but-not-meat eater, I would like to see more than one fish option on the menu. The salmon was nice and perfectly cooked(particularly with mash rather than new potatoes) but some more variety would be good. Those around us eating meat dishes all seem to enjoy them, but I can't comment from personal experience. Service is friendly and efficient with the right number of staff for the size of the restaurant so no annoying waits to catch someone's eye to get the bill.

Apart from some good Indian restaurants, Walthamstow doesn't have many culinary delights unless you love kebabs so it's easy to see why even on a Monday evening at 7pm most tables were taken. I know that in its previous incarnation Eat 17 suffered from a decline in standards after a promising opening, so I really hope that they build on this excellent relaunch.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9

The Gate (Hammersmith)

I had dinner at The Gate on Wednesday (30th July) and it was as good as it's ever been. It was a beautiful evening so we had a table outside in the courtyard which is sheltered enough to feel intimate. If I was going to make one complaint it would be that the table for 2 could have been a little bigger but the food was so good it really didn't matter.

I first went to the Gate when I still ate meat (just fish now) and I really didn't miss it. I think it's the best vegetarian restaurant in London and have never been disappointed there. On Wednesday the service was great, the wine was perfectly chilled and the food itself was heavenly. The bill came to £80 between 2 of us for 2 courses & coffee each, a £25 bottle of gorgeous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and service. Worth every penny.

Friday, August 01, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Kings Arms

I wrote a positive review of this place last year and just wanted to update. The food is still to a very high standard and the service excellent, but the major difference between then and now is the garden. They've turned a scrubby patch of grass with bum-numbing picnic tables into a gorgeous garden with extremely comfortable furniture. It's a beautiful place to sit out in the summer with a glass of wine and some friends, and there's a great mix of sunny & shadey areas. If it wasn't for the brewery looming through the enormous trees (not for much longer apparently) you wouldn't know you were in the middle of Wandsworth. And thanks to them for fixing my one gripe about the place!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

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