Our tour of the Walthamstow Wetlands finished at noon on a Sunday and as the “Ferry Boat Inn”:http://www.theferryboatlondon.co.uk/ is directly opposite the entrance, it beckoned us for lunch before we caught the bus back into town.
It’s an attractive low slung white washed old building right on Coppermill Stream and with an attractive garden, with lots of children’s climbing frames, it’s understandably popular in summer. Whilst it was a sunny day, it was October and we ventured inside.
It’s a quirky place with lots of different types of seating and nooks and crannies. We secured a large table in the window with lots of light and ordered food at the bar. From the Sunday menu we chose turkey roast, lamb shank roast and for me the beef and double Gloucester pie. They were all priced around £10 and portion sizes were good.
My individual square pie came with a small gravy boat and I had a choice of mash or chips (I couldn’t resist the latter). The meat in the pie was delicious and because the gravy was so thick and beefy, I managed to eat all my pastry. Could I taste the cheese? I’m not sure I could. The roasts were declared equally good (as evidenced by totally clean plates) and were served with mash, roast potatoes, carrots, broccoli and green beans. Our bottle of Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc was £19.95.
There are lots of other menus on their website including a main menu, buffet, kids and spice night (curry and a drink for £8.79).
Once Walthamstow Wetlands fully opens in 2017, I expect this place will be even busier than it was on our visit.