Sundays are brunch days more often than not, either at home or as the weather gets warmer we venture out and explore. Last Sunday we stayed local with a visit to Lighthaus Café in Walthamstow after seeing a brief mention in Grace Dent’s restaurant review pages in the Guardian’s Weekend mag.
Lighthaus is set in an old lighting factory on an industrial estate, just off Lea Bridge Road and so it’s a destination brunch venue rather than one you might stumble across. On a Sunday this is a quiet area with plenty of parking, but I would imagine it’s a lot busier in the week when the units are a hive of activity.
The space is light and airy, with room for a few small tables, plenty of bar-style seating and comfortable sofa areas for larger groups. Plus there are benches outside which will be great in the summer. The chalkboard menu is small but offers a nice selection and there’s options for kids too – this seems like a lovely spot for families.
We both succumbed to the lure of the bacon sandwich, thick rashers served on toasted sourdough. Delicious! I had my customary pot of tea, and A. had a mixed experience with the coffee with the second cup being a much higher standard for some reason. He was delighted with the sugar though, being on a constant quest for La Perruche, roughbrown lumps of cane sugar.
A. has the sweet tooth and so it was his mission to choose something sweet to finish the brunch. There were a few delectable home-baked options and I thoroughly approved of his choice of Guinness cake. It was dense, moist and you could really taste the stout. Yum!
The pricing seemed a bit off to us. Our sandwiches (£5.50 each) were on the high side, but not too extortionate – adding tea and coffee brought the price rocketing up though. The other menu options when we were there included pancakes with rhubarb compote and poached eggs with roasted tomatoes, pesto and sourdough toast, both were coming in at around the £9-10 mark which we thought was on the pricey side.
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We only had one grumble, and that was the pricing. Central London pricing is fine when you’re getting the benefits of the location, but it’s a bit harder to justify on an East End industrial estate. It’ll certainly be a factor in whether we go back or not.
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Lighthaus Café, 11 Argall Ave, Walthamstow, London E10 7QZ Sunday, April 15th 2018