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God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow

It was a stunning Easter Sunday and we had booked afternoon tea at God’s Own Junkyard. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the sweet chorus of the A406 played in the background. The local population was out enjoying a beer, turning a nice shade of pink ready for the return to work.

The fires of hell

A warm glow was emanating from a large industrial door, welcoming us to God’s Own Junkyard. God seems to have left his junk amidst the flickering fires of hell, invitations to sex, drugs and rock & roll assault one’s senses, colours intense and pulsing wash over every corner of this large industrial space. However,  don’t worry Walthamstow is not yet the modern-day Sodom or Gomorrah. This is, in fact, the home to a wonderful collection of neon signs, salvaged signs and old movie props put together by the late Chris Bracey. And when you also have a café called The Rolling Scones you would be crazy not to pay a visit.

Our arrival was hit by a gremlin but nothing major. You do not need to book a table at The Rolling Scones Cafe, with plenty of seating inside and out, the only time it is required is for afternoon tea. There we are in the book along with my mobile number. Sadly the dots had not been connected “we wondered what that was for”. You have to see the funny side, the staff were very nice and as there was plenty on the menu including scones, all was not lost.

Tea for two

We decided to start with paninis followed by our cream tea. Being a nice day we sat outside under the watchful eye of the grim reaper (concrete). The paninis (cheese and ham) were very tasty and served with salad (fresh and dressed) and crisps, just what we needed after our walk. Cream tea arrived with the obligatory eclectic mix of crockery. The scones were dreamy, light and fresh and the jam was delicious, top that off with beautiful cream (depending on whether you are from Devon or Cornwall – not wanting to start a fight here!) it was well worth the visit.


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If you are in the area of Walthamstow Village then make the effort to explore a little further, you will not be disappointed. God’s Own Junkyard is great for a bite to eat, a cold beer or simply to see some amazing artwork.

Loo Review (PMC Rating): ★★☆☆☆. Only one which is near the front entrance, basic but clean.

God's Own Junkyard, Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, London E17 9HQ

Sunday, 21st April 2019








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