R.I.P. Wanstead’s Olive Branch…

Wanstead Olive BranchLong live the Olive Branch.

As Wansteadium revealed in April, the Olive Branch was put up for sale. And the sale has now gone through, the cafe is now under new management. So what does the future hold?

The answer is that the cafe will stay open for the next few weeks, but then it will shut for about six weeks for refurbishment, and will re-open in the autumn as a cafe by day and a Portuguese restaurant by night. The name is as yet a secret, but it won’t be a Nando’s. New proprietor very friendly, so prospects look bright.

Bar wars in Wanstead High Street

Times are hard so the gloves are off. The George has started making sure its drinkers are in no doubt about the price of an average round for its customers compared to Russells and Bar Room Bar. (As spotted by Wansteadium regular Yenwod Samoth.)

Olympic sculpture to hit Freeview in Snaresbrook

[picappgallerysingle id=”8382660″]The massive 120m Anish Kapoor sculpture to be built at the Olympic Park is going to cause disruption to the reception of Freeview TV signal to parts of Snaresbrook and South Woodford, Wansteadium can reveal.

The disruption is not expected to be massive – but could cause “ghosting” – and it doesn’t seem there is much that can be done to correct it, other than affected residents upgrading aeriels or switching to cable or satellite TV. There is no plan at the moment to fund those upgrades – they will have to be paid for by affected households.

The expected disturbance is revealed in a planning document published by the Olympic Delivery Authority. It says:

[the proposed sculpture] is likely to have a slight adverse impact on terrestrial TV services, due to shadowing of terrestrial TV signals caused by signal shadowing to Crystal Palace and Croydon transmitters, in a number of households to the north east of the development.  The affected locations may be able to have terrestrial television services restored by using one of the following methods as appropriate: installing a higher gain antenna or re-locating the existing antenna or re-pointing the existing antenna to another transmitter where possible or, if any of these solutions are unable to restore service, by installing satellite or cable TV services;

The affected areas, as detailed in this report, TV Reception Report and Appendix A – The construction of a Sculpture for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and Legacy phases, include parts of Stratford, Leyton, Leytonstone, Snaresbrook, South Woodford, Woodford Green and Buckhurst Hill. The areas are shown below, with the red line indicating disturbance from the Crystal Palace transmitter, the blue one Croydon.Comments on the application can be submitted via this page.

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If your number plate sounded like the f-word…

… what do you think the chances are that someone whose number plate said ORF would park next to you? As spotted by a Wansteadium reader in Sainsbury’s car park in South Woodford on Monday evening.

Proper Wanstead pub

The Nightingale, one of the more popular Wanstead pubs, has this week featured in the East London Drinker blog where Alan Perryman writes:

The pub offers 4-5 ales, seemly without tie as the selection changes frequently though typically you see beer from the North Kent coast. It’s a very friendly pub with 3 different bar areas – a two saloons, with a proper snug out back. The pub is decorated with various bits of sporting memorabilia and with the world cup in full swing there’s also the extra flags.

Wanstead’s new Co-op reviewed, V

Wanstead co-op review2: my six yr old: “daddy, why have they changed the name? It’s the same inside.” That’s it. Bored now. Fin.less than a minute ago via Twitterrific