Restaurant Review: Fatboyz diner

The lights of the new diner ‘Fatboyz’ have lit up Barking Road like the promise of an Upton (I mean Uptown) Broadway show, but is this new restaurant a hit or a miss? Naturally, we got front row seats and paid a visit. Here is our review. Atmosphere/decor Fatboyz are making a serious effort to…

Plagiarism and a Tale of Two Hams: the East Ham Coat of Arms

I first became curious when admiring the unusual architecture of Greatfield’s Brooks Avenue. Between the first and second storey of each block (and partly obscured by the odd satellite dish) was a framed plasterwork shield with the words ‘Progressio cum populo’ floating below it. It appeared to feature a ship, what looked like a shepherd’s…

Restaurant Review: Parkside Cafe

This month we are reviewing our favourite E6 greasy spoon/diner: Parkside Cafe. Parkside is the only cafe in the East Ham South area. How lucky we therefore are that the food is decent, portions are big, prices are cheap and the service is very friendly. We have gone back to this venue time and time…

The East Edge Sisters at the Mayor’s Show

Following our post introducing the East Edge Sisters, we thought we’d share some photos of the lovely ladies helping out at the Newham Mayor’s Show. Cake is always necessary! Photos by Ella  

Restaurant Review: Carpathia Romanian Cafe and Deli

The third review in our regular feature showcasing local restaurant talent A Romanian cafe and deli restaurant has landed from out of space on East Ham High Street (hooray!). How pleased we were to chance upon the new-found gem of Carpathia, which offers a nicely decked-out interior, an injection of caffeine, and good quality Romanian grub –…

Greatfield is blooming marvellous!

(Please excuse the dodgy pun.) GRA member Susan has been keeping up with the beautiful flora that has graced our area since spring. Here are the fruits of her photographic labours!                

East End Heroines

To mark the inauguration of the new East Ham branch of the Women’s Institute, we remember a few of the notable women who contributed so much to our local history. Elizabeth Fry Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) was an English social reformer who became a major force in bringing about new legislation to improve the treatment of…

Restaurant Review: Taste of India

The second of our regular review feature showcasing local restaurant talent Masala lemonade caught my eye as an intriguing fusion of ingredients when I first glanced at the menu. Trying something different certainly paid dividends and I found it refreshing after a warm East Ham day, as the blend of nutmeg, citrus, mint and other…

How to survive in the wild (East!) with London Bushcraft

Following our post on foods to forage in Greatfield, here’s how to get closer to nature at upcoming events with London Bushcraft. The Forage and the Feast East Ham Nature Reserve and Red Door Studios. 10 July Discover what delights can be foraged in East Ham Nature Reserve and what can be prepared from the plants available. Followed…

Foraging and Bushcraft in East Ham

Ever wanted to live more connected with nature but didn’t think it was possible in our urban location? Well, think again, as Wendy from London Bushcraft talks us through the edible plants to keep your eyes peeled for in Greatfield in autumn. Also check out her upcoming foraging and bushcraft events! Elderberry Elderberry is used to boost the immune…

Living on the Edge

For many East Ham residents, the date 10 May 2016 will be remembered as the end of an era – the date West Ham United played their last game at the Boleyn ground. For Greatfield resident Ella Breakey, however, the date will hold a whole different set of memories, as the beginning of something really…

A Hidden Treasure of Greatfield: the Burgoyne Building

The first of our new regular feature examining our local architectural gems Whether you’re sauntering down East Ham’s High Street South on foot, or gliding past on four wheels, it’s unlikely you’ve failed to spot the grandeur of Greatfield’s Burgoyne building – you just might not have known its name until now. Located next to the…