You’ll love this or hate it

So the signage for the successor to Longhorn/Smokehouse/Cinnamon is up, and looking very smart indeed. And a bistro will be a welcome addition to the High Street. Opening is currently planned for 1 August, and reservations are currently being taken by email. For those who are curious, a marmiton is a kitchen-hand.  And of course, as all the wags are pointing out, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it.

So the Gallic takeover of le Wanstead continues…  La Bakerie, Beauté Parfaite, Click Beautique, Provender Café Brasserie, Jo Jo Maman Bébé… c’est magnifique mais peut-être le Brexit  fera du tort à tous ce franglais.

(HT Debbie Jones, Steve Green.) 


Hucker… Lampard… who’s next?

Hucker on the left, with Lampard hanging back on the right

Great point from @MissCarolineW. So suggestions for the next logical step in the development of the shops round Nightingale Green are welcome.

Here we go…

Nightingale on the Green is now open

The Nightingale – now to be known as the Nightingale on the Green – has reopened after being closed for several months. Redecorated and somewhat refitted, the pub opened its doors at noon*.

The redecoration, led by new boss Frank Lampard Sr, is smart but will not feel alien to longstanding regulars. Rumours that the upstairs would be converted into a function room turn out not to be correct.

As is our tradition, we wish the new team the best of luck.

*Full disclosure. A – ahem – representative of Wansteadium was the first customer. It was by accident. The representative was passing and asked if they were opening and were told yes, they were, right that minute, and were told: “Do come in and be the first customer.” It would have been rude not to.

Aeriel photo shows Wanstead Flats danger

This aeriel photo taken by the National Police Air Service (who tweet at @NPASLondon) compared with Google Maps shows the extent of the damage of the fire on Wanstead Flats and the jeopardy that people living in Lake House Road were in.

Swipe from left to right to go from one image to the other.