Hadley House, arrivederci

Every starter somewhere is a final After Eight somewhere else. As Wanstead tries out its new steak house, longtime favourite Hadley House has shut up shop forever. A notice in the window announces it will reopen later this month as an Italian restaurant. Feel free to opine here.

UPDATE: Mark Bentley was first to report the news, saying:

wanstead restaurant merry go round continues. New Queens place rammed all day yesterday. Hadley House now closed for good. End of era.less than a minute ago via web

Luke Morton points out in a comment to this post: “I think the words ‘Open from 21st October 2010’ might’ve been enough!”

It’s a fair point – the language of the notice is, shall we say, translated by an online tool flowery? In case you can’t make it out on the picture above, it is:

“l’infinito is a brand new Italian restaurant with the age-old Italian passion for taste, art and pleasure. It is the portrait of the Italian cuisine that brings the best of our hospitality to one unique environment… Our intention is to offer you the best that we as Italians can find when we sit at a table, and we hope to inspire you to eternalize this moment with the best of this infinite now.”

Wansteadium reader Mick adds, also in a comment on this post:

Maybe just as well. We used to love Hadley House but the quality of the food has been disappointing on the last couple of visits. Would welcome another Italian, we used to have three: the curiously named Papillon (now Applebees) which was great, the one that is now 62 Spice and the one opposite Snaresbrook station.

7 Comments on "Hadley House, arrivederci"


  1. Maybe just as well. We used to love Hadley House but the quality of the food has been disappointing on the last couple of visits. Would welcome another Italian, we used to have three: the curiously named Papillon (now Applebees) which was great, the one that is now 62 Spice and the one opposite Snaresbrook station.


  2. Shame.

    I used to be fond of Hadley House, but it seemed to be struggling on my last couple of visits – competition? My commiserations to the outgoing owners.

    I shall naturally visit the new Italian in due course.


  3. Saturday brunch was always a pleasure at Hadley House, but they stopped doing that. Seasons has since picked up that baton though.

    I’m not sure another Italian really floats my boat – I’d rather have a good French place.



  4. Have now visited l’Infinito on three occasions (each time during which it was quite busy) and have found the service, food and the warm welcome of its staff to be superb. The menu choices are good and executed very well and whilst the wine list is limited, it does its job. Top tip would be to get a table away from the door / front window (the window appears to be single glazed so may get chilly for the thin blooded amongst you). Long may l’Infinito remain in the High Street, a welcome addition of a higher class of resturant and a definite step up from Hadley ‘food poisoning’ House.


  5. Hi – have been trying to find out what the Papillon restaurant in Wanstead is now called and have seen it referred to Applebees here, but it now there appears to be called the Green Fish Restaurant – anyone been and if so, is it any good?

    Thanks

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