SHOPS & MARKETS

Whenlock the Butcher, Plaistow

Vegetarians, I am afraid that this article is not for you – we are about to do quite a lot of talking about meat. We’ll make it up to you by directing you to an awesome vegetarian restaurant here.

So, what were we saying, ah yes that’s right. Meat. Locally chopped, free range, good quality meat from a very friendly butcher and just in time for you to get your order in for your festive feastings (if you are quick).

T&J Whenlock: A butchers like your mum used to make!

We are feeling smug today, thanks to a neighbourly hot tip that the best butcher in town, who goes by the name  T&J Whenlock, could be found on the Barking Road (no. 380 to be precise) just 15 minutes from our house!

Open since 1882, it’s been on that spot longer than many of us have lived in East Ham! It has survived two world wars, at least two recessions, women getting the vote and 2016 so far (the year of doom. We might even go so far as to say year-a-geddeon) while seemingly holding on on to great quality and friendliness to boot.  It is run by a husband and wife team (no, silly, they haven’t been there since 1882! ) who also happen to live in East Ham (Hi neighbours!) so is exactly the reason that we all need to #shoplocal more often.  Continue Reading

FOOD & DRINK

East Ham Breakfast Club: Spice up your life at Chennai Dosa

Yes yes, we KNOW East Ham has an awesome choice of South Indian eateries. No news there… Wait, what? They serve breakfast??! Um yes, they do and we want to tell you about specifically about Chennai Dosa and their breakfast buffet. Are you sitting comfortably, then we shall begin.

Breakfast: East Ham’s path less catered for.

Breakfast is East Blam’s favourite meal of the day, but we had rather assumed that it was the path less catered and being spoiled for choice at dinner time has meant that we haven’t really had the time or inclination to explore breakfast options UNTIL NOW… 

So, one chilly morning we trudged hungrily up East Ham High street in search of sustenance and found ourselves in Chennai Dosa eating curry for breakfast.  Continue Reading

GREEN SPACES, THINGS TO DO

St Mary’s Church and Nature Reserve – A spooky but beautiful spot to explore for Halloween

Fancy changing up your Sunday stroll? We’ve got the perfect spot for you… Beautiful? Check. Tree lined? Check. Peaceful? Check. In East Ham? Check. Slightly spooky, what with it being Halloween and all…? CHECK! 

St. Mary Magdalene’s church and Nature Reserve sits quietly at the foot of East Ham, minding its own business and not making a fuss. You would be forgiven for walking past it and not even noticing it, given that it is set back from the road underneath the A13, but boy, are you missing out because this place is massive, and massively under rated.

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Bread Bread Bread Bread Bread!

So, East Ham… We’ve got the best curry for miles around, cool art gallery, an independent bookshop, billions of parks and green spaces, and old victorian houses. #winning.

What don’t we got? Bread.

Well, we are about to change all that, with the introduction of Flour and Spoon, and their utterly divine bread; Stone baked, Sourdough, Multi-seed. You want it, they got it, from Marmite cheese scones, to Cream cheese and Rosemary sourdough, right down to your classic white sandwich loaf. Continue Reading

FURTHER AFIELD, GREEN SPACES, THINGS TO DO

A day trip to the seaside to say farewell to the Summer.

Did you know that the seaside is less than an hour away from East Ham? Well now you do, and last weekend East Blam rolled up our jeans (that’s what you do at the seaside, silly) dug out our jelly shoes and went daytrippin’ Southend on Sea style, to take in the sea air. We tested the sea (we actually swam in it!), the sun (it was still out!), the pier, the 2p machines and the fish & chips. Fun-fun-fun in the sun-sun-sun (ok, ok, it was a bit bracing in the wind, but the pictures look nice!). Continue Reading

FOOD & DRINK, FURTHER AFIELD, TRAVEL & TRANSPORT

Community and Coffee with Hawkers & Peddlers of Manor Park

Last month we interviewed a couple of Far East{London} entrepreneurs who also happen to be the newest Barristas on the block, Jenny and Danielle of Hawkers & Peddlers.

We had a right nice natter about their glorious coffee cart that is keeping all of you Manor Park-ers bright eyed and bushy tailed in the mornings, as well as talking coffee (obvs) and community. We also mined them ruthlessly for local tips and did our damnedest to persuade them to bring their special pour-over skills another mile south in to East Ham once in a while (Saturdays, East Ham Market, guys? #JustSaying!!!).

Scroll down for all the juicy details. We hope you enjoy the interview and if you like their coffee don’t forget to like them on Twitter & Instagram (@Hawker&peddler), or even better, pop by and say hello. They can be found at Manor Park Station every day from 7am – 11am. Continue Reading

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ReACT – An all day festival & exhibition at Red Door Studios

As some of you already know, our favourite East-Ham-artists- hidey-hole (Red Door Studios, duh!) is planning a 7 day exhibition on the impact of Brexit on locals and artists alike, called reACT.

It kicks off with a bang on 3rd September with an all day LIVE ART & MUSIC-ATHON (quick, get it in your diary or click here for the Facebook event.) and we’ve got the insider scoop from some of the artists! Yep, that’s right, investigative journalism, right here people… Continue Reading

GREEN SPACES, THINGS TO DO

A RUN-derful way to get to know East Ham!

East End Road Runners are a running club that might be right up your street…Ok they probably don’t literally run up your street but they do run up the greenway, and as far afield as Regents Canal or Victoria Park too sometime.

We appreciate that running is not everyone’s bag but if you looked outside this morning and thought: a) I need to get fit; b) I need to get outside; c) I need to top up my tan (shallow, we know but com’on, we are NOT the only ones who think about it, right?) then we might just have a solution… Continue Reading

FOOD & DRINK, FURTHER AFIELD

Probably the best Steakhouse in Barking?

Braving the wilds of Barking, in search of MEAT…

Err, to clarify, we mean the kind that comes from a cow. Steak meat!

Yes, a few weeks back we left the borders of London Town and braved the wilds of Barking with some friends who had spotted a suspiciously good looking steakhouse sticking out like a sore thumb in an unsuspecting street in Essex. It stands out a bit, does Cristina’s  – possibly because it is a Romanian steak joint in Barking. Possibly because there is a life sized cow model stood outside it! Continue Reading

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E6 NEWS, THINGS TO DO, TRAVEL & TRANSPORT

FREE CYCLING LESSONS FOR NEWHAMITES!

Get on yer bike, son!

Ever fancy getting a bicycle (or getting it out of the shed), but are afraid of the craziness of the London roads? We know how you feel…

You could change all that with Cycle Confident, the cycle safety firm that partner with Newham Council to provide free (yes, you heard us, FREE!) cycling skills workshops for all of you Far East {Londoners}, whether you live, work or are in full time education in the borough. Continue Reading