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New Guy in Ilford
« on: Jun 3rd, 2015, 9:06am »
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Hello all.
 
I recently moved to Ilford and I'm still getting the hang of the area. Can you recommend me some nice local restaurants and bars?
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 3rd, 2015, 12:51pm »
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Welcome, dennisbray.  Hope you settle in and find your wy around.  There are loads of bars and restaurants - which ones you'll think are nice depends on your age and taste in food, drink and music.  
A couple of very decent restaurants in the area that I've used quite recently are Mirage on the corner of Ley St/Eastern Avenue - they specialise in steaks and Turkish dishes but the menu is so wide-ranging it'd be hard not to find something you enjoy.  If you enjoy a good curry, you could try Sharod, 3 State Parade, Barkingside High Street; the menu here is just a little bit varied from "the usual" although the regular favourites are all there and superbly well cooked.
If you enjoy basic, unpretentious pub-grub, there's the inevitible Wetherspoons (the Great Spoon of Ilford)on Cranbrook Road - also one of the few remaining local places where you can get a decent pint of real ale.  The Red House beside the Redbridge roundabout is popular and pleasant enough.  If you enjoy that sort of thing, there are a couple of Irish-themed places serving food and drink - O'Neills in Station Road, Ilford and O'Grady's in Seven Kings High Road - I'm not a user of either of them but they've been there a long time so people must keep going there!  Alas, most of the "decent" and "proper" pubs in the area have been demolished but take a scan at the up to date reviews in Trip Advisor or just take an amble about and try one or two until you find something you like.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 4th, 2015, 12:25pm »
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Many thanks for the info Scribbles Smiley I guess I should have been more specific about what I'm looking for. I'm in my early thirties and I enjoy jazz. I like to dine at places which are quiet and have a nice atmosphere. The restaurants you mentioned all sound nice. Yes, they're very different form one another, but I'll try most of them. I need to get our of my comfort zone Cheesy My name is Dennis by the way, nice to meet you and thanks again.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 4th, 2015, 1:08pm »
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Hi again, Dennis - I should have mentioned the Cauliflower, a large pub in the Seven Kings High Road, opposite the fire station.  I tend  to lose track as it's been opened and closed so many times over recent years but I think it's currently open and hosting music events.  Many years ago, it had some excellent jazz nights but I have no idea what sort of bands they have on now.  It's worth a visit, anyway because it's a vast old Victorian gin-palace of a place with Flemish gables on the outside and a vast mahogany central bar inside.  It's also a listed building so it's likely to stay that way.  Personally, I prefer small, quiet places (of which there are all too few remaining) so I haven't been to the Cauliflower for yonks as it's a HUGE space inside.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 8th, 2015, 7:39am »
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Many thanks again. I'll be sure to check it out. I hope I see some new cool bands if the place still exists.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 24th, 2015, 6:45pm »
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on Jun 3rd, 2015, 12:51pm, Scribbles wrote:
... If you enjoy that sort of thing, there are a couple of Irish-themed places serving food and drink - O'Neills in Station Road, Ilford and O'Grady's in Seven Kings High Road ...

Actually there is a vast difference between them - O'Neills in Ilford is an Irish Themed pub but Irish it isn't!  
 
At least, it wasn't when I tried it out* a few times many years ago.
 
O'Grady's, however, is the real McCoy!
 
Another Irish pub - I think it's genuine but you'll have to check it out - is Jono's in Cranbrook Road, just up a little from the Station and on the same side.
 
You mentioned that you like jazz, which covers a wide spectrum, so I don't know if this will be of interest but there is a music night twice a month at the R.A.F.A. club in Cranbrook Road. I know nothing more about it but there is information here:  http://www.rgf.org.uk/music-club--music-fest.html
 
* It was originally built as a replacement for The Angel, the large place that stands behind it on the High Road. It was unusual for a modern pub in being fitted with gas lamps above the bar. However, unlike the Cauliflower (which also had gas lamps at the time) and other similar Victorian/Edwardian pubs, the new Angel has a low ceiling which meant that the lamps were just above head height.  
 
I was in there one day when a chap of about 20 or so, obviously puzzled by the amount of heat beating down on his head - it was a very hot day outside, so not what you really want! - that eventually his curiosity got the better of him. He reached up and touched the glowing mantle between his finger and thumb, whereupon the mantle instantly disintegrated.
 
Cursing, his - now burned - finger and thumb came out a lot faster than they went in and promptly went in to his mouth in an attempt to quench the pain.
 
"Never seen a gas lamp before?" I asked. "No!" he said between sucks, shaking his head vigourously!
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Re: New Guy in Ilford
« Reply #6 on: Jun 24th, 2015, 9:26pm »
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hi dennis,... welcome to the forum,... please stay and don't disappear!
 
...as mentioned o'gradys is an excellent irish pub with a load of stuff and events going on that the place is never quiet,... theres a website for the place,.. which also offers accommodation,.. a lovely kitchen with food and almost everything you could want from a pub!
 
.... whenever im up in Ilford I usually frequent o'gradys and THE GREAT SPOON OF ILFORD,.. its a pub within the wetherspoon chain and its on cranbrook road..... its an ok place to go, I suppose.
 
I went in o'neills once and imho the place is a bit cramped, with dark lighting but decent irish music, again, if you are into that..........
 
enjoy your time in Ilford, and whatever people say about the place, there are worse places in London and throughout the rest of the country you could live in. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 25th, 2015, 6:37am »
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Cheesy Thanks for the info Yanny. For the time being life is good in Ilford. I think as long as you have a job which suits you, you can feel good almost anywhere. I'll try that place you mentioned. Sometimes me and colleagues like to go out for a beer after work. I guess we'll give The Great Spoon a chance.  Smiley
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Re: New Guy in Ilford
« Reply #8 on: Jun 25th, 2015, 6:56am »
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Thanks for sharing the link on the RAFA club, Ktype. I'll check it out. So, Irish restaurant with nothing Irish in it? Well, I can't say I'm surprised. London is so rich in diversity, there's literally everything.
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Re: New Guy in Ilford
« Reply #9 on: Jul 6th, 2015, 8:33pm »
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on Jun 25th, 2015, 6:37am, dennisbray wrote:
Cheesy Thanks for the info Yanny.  .  Smiley

 
No problem,.. was in the great spoon yesterday evening,.. good atmosphere, one of the better places to go after work....  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 22nd, 2016, 3:59pm »
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Wanstead near the George is nice for restaurants but I must admit I gave up on Ilford years ago. If you have a car nice places on way out to Abridge.
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Re: New Guy in Ilford
« Reply #11 on: Jan 31st, 2016, 9:23pm »
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Best kebab in the area imo is 'Sultan' on the high street near the estate agents bit.  'Loaded' on the high street do a decent burger.  JRC Global is alright for a buffet in the evening if that's your thing.  You can tell from my recommendations, that I'm no fine diner lol.  But I too am fairly newish to the area, so others might know better as I am yet to venture too far out from Ilford high street stretch for a meal.
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Re: New Guy in Ilford
« Reply #12 on: Feb 3rd, 2016, 7:44pm »
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on Jan 31st, 2016, 9:23pm, Hambo wrote:
Best kebab in the area imo is 'Sultan' on the high street ...

Actually it's Cranbrook Road, a little way past Beal Road on the left hand side (coming from the High Road direction).
 
I haven't been inside and I doubt I ever will because when I walk down the other side of the road from the bus stop near Park Road, if the wind is in the wrong direction, the stench of burning fat turns my stomach over.
 
There's no doubt about the source - in daylight you can see the smoke from their chimney drifting across the road towards you!
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