WHERE TO EAT IN STRATFORD: SUBTLE SOPHISTICATION

There’s an abundance of great places to eat in Stratford. Too many for us to talk about in one go, so we’re breaking down the best places to eat in Stratford for you. Cafés, pubs, restaurants catering for foodies looking for a relaxed brunch, special dinner or quick lunch grab, East London has it all.

Darkhorse

A self-described “Restaurant, Cocktail Bar and Wine Cave”, Darkhorse serves up a range of Spanish and Italian inspired small and main plates. Food-wise, classic flavour combinations enjoy a twist or two. We particularly enjoy the roasted hake and the warm English asparagus side.

If you’re looking for a good selection of beverages – we think Darkhorse is one of the best restaurants in East London. The wine list is extensive, well selected and the bar is well stocked. The cocktail list features some classics which can often be hard to find, try a 30-day aged Negroni or a ginger sidecar.

Formans

Formans Riverside restaurant boasts views of the Olympic Stadium and Stratford. Formans are the producer of London’s only protected product, London Cure Smoked Scottish Salmon and their menu showcases just how good it is. How many restaurants in East London can say that?

From the traditional menu, the smoked salmon starter is a must. The wine list features only award-winning English wines, and on West Ham game days you can enjoy the Smoke & Bubbles brasserie menu for a special twist to your day at the football.

Gotto Trattoria

You’ll find Gotto Trattoria in nearby Hackney Wick, on the banks of the River Lea. Think of it as a little slice of the Italian Riviera, featuring homemade vermouth and a menu overspilling with seasonal, Italian ingredients.

The menu is small yet perfectly formed. A range of classic, homemade pastas accompanied by simple sides and classic “dolci”. If you fancy brunch at the weekend, you can enjoy poached eggs on sourdough with asparagus and rocket from 11am – 4pm.

The Cow, Westfield

One of our neighbours, The Cow at Westfield features a staple English pub menu, with oodles of class. Brunch and Light Bites are served from 11am – 4pm, there’s a range of classic mains, sumptuous steaks and Sunday Roasts that are better than Mum’s.

The beverages are just as British as the menu, with gins being a major feature as well as ales. Throughout the summer you can sink into the spritzer menu – drinks that are crying out to be sipped in the sun, alfresco.

There it is. Our round up of the best restaurants in Stratford if you’re looking for something with a little sophistication.