Best Places To Drink, Shop, Eat In Ealing
Charlotte’s is a neighbourhood institution. Beginning life in nearby Chiswick, the team now has two newer sites in Ealing. The kitchen serves modern British food and drink from local and sustainable suppliers in a converted Victorian stable block at Dickens Yard in Ealing Broadway. Breakfast and brunch is served daily from 8am and from 12pm, while Charlotte’s famous ‘Early Diner’ offer serves three courses and an aperitif for £29.50. The restaurant was awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide in 2017 and 2018.
Dickens Yard, Longfield Avenue, Ealing Broadway, W5 2UQ
Santa Maria is named after the street it resides on, St Mary’s Road. The famed restaurant is owned by Angelo and Pasquale, who decided to open their own space in 2010 after working in several restaurants and pizzerias across London. The couple are Neapolitan and obsessed with pizza: the wood-fired offerings served in Santa Maria are exactly the same as the pizza you can eat on the streets of Naples, using the same ingredients and adopting the same cooking method. We like the ‘Sant’anna’: tomato sauce, mozzarella, cotto ham, artichokes, black olives and parmesan.
15 St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RA
WA Café is a small, independent patisserie located in Ealing Broadway. In the kitchen, highly skilled Japanese bakers produce a selection of quintessentially Japanese breads and pastries each day. Colourful rows of pristine pastries sit alongside freshly baked buns and breads, while premium teas and quality coffee are served in beautiful crockery to complement the distinctly Japanese creations. We love the white sesame cheesecake.
32 Haven Green, Ealing Broadway, W5 2NX
Soane’s Kitchen is the latest opening from Alex Head, founder of Social Pantry. Launched last summer, the restaurant’s all-day menu delivers light and comforting seasonal dishes that reflect Social Pantry’s signature style. As much produce as possible is grown in the kitchen garden, meaning that seasonality and crop availability also dictate the daily menu – highlights include burrata with broad beans and radish; grilled baby carrots with ricotta; and bavette steak with carrot-top pesto. On Sundays, brunch provides the perfect opportunity for long, lazy get-togethers with friends and family. Alongside bottomless drinks and a bloody Mary station, guests can expect views across the restaurant’s kitchen garden and the grounds of Pitzhanger Manor.
Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BE
Charlotte's Place is set in a traditional Victorian shop premises on the corner of Ealing Common, where for over 30 years the team has offered fine British cooking and a warm welcome to those who live and work in west London. Set over two floors, every table offers a view over the Common. Every month the menu changes, offering a diverse range of dishes using local seasonal ingredients: expect the likes of Dorset snails with toasted brioche and roasted garlic, followed by pan-fried salmon with samphire and crispy mussels.
16 St Matthew's Road, Ealing Common, W5 3JT
L’oro di Napoli
L’oro di Napoli is another traditional Neapolitan pizzeria. The restaurant is located in South Ealing and is a family-run business that’s been a neighbourhood staple for 22 years. The team aims to give Londoners a taste of real Neapolitan food and atmosphere: expect a traditional interior, attentive service and a friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy delicious food and wine. The kitchen specialises in wood-fired pizza, pizza fritta, panuozzo and calzone.
6 The Quadrant, Little Ealing Lane, South Ealing, W5 4EE
Using only the finest and freshest ingredients, Atariya takes pride in providing customers with some of the best sushi and sashimi in London. Here, traditional dishes are served in a comfortable, stripped-back atmosphere typical of Japan. Located just opposite Ealing Common tube station, the team sources all the fish themselves, guaranteeing freshness and affordable prices. The restaurant also offers a takeaway service.
1 Station Parade, Uxbridge Road, Ealing Common, W5 3LD
Farm W5 is well known among locals for its farm-to-fork ethos. The team chops, cooks and bakes everything itself, making sure its food is wholesome and made from the best quality ingredients, with no added sugar, preservatives, gelatine or artificial flavourings. The menu includes the likes of king-sized wraps filled with grilled chicken, garlic aubergine yogurt, rice and potatoes. Diners can also buy healthy, farm-fresh produce and artisan treats from the restaurant’s in-house deli.
19 The Green, Ealing, W5 5DA
No 17 Dickens Yard
The seventh location from Darwin & Wallace (which also runs No 29 Powerstation West at Battersea and No 197 Chiswick Fire Station), No 17 Dickens Yard is a bold, modern space, decked out with huge lamps, soft textiles, generous lounge seating, large bleached oak sharing tables plus a dedicated bar on both floors. Fronted with a large outdoor courtyard filled with foliage and terracotta, the space also boasts a wrap-around terrace on the first floor, which overlooks the newly landscaped Dickens Yard development. All cocktails use house-made syrups and herbs foraged from the bar’s own kitchen garden – we’re keen to try the ‘Honey Martini’.
Dickens Yard, Longfield Avenue, Ealing, W5 2TD
Crispins Wine Bar
Crispins Wine Bar has been an established Ealing watering hole for over 30 years. Owned by Alex and Polka Rastovic, the bar is open from 12pm-1am on Mondays through to Sunday nights, making it a great location for after-work drinks and late date nights. As well as a wide selection of wine and fizz, the team also specialises in oysters.
14 The Green, Ealing, W5 5DA
Ealing Park Tavern
Ealing Park Tavern is a historic pub and restaurant in leafy South Ealing. When it comes to food and drink, the team works closely with artisanal suppliers who are mostly family-run businesses with a real passion for seasonal, sustainable and fully traceable British produce. On Sundays, the kitchen serves up delicious roasts, while modern gastro-pub fare is a speciality across the week.
222 South Ealing Road, South Ealing, W5 4RL
Electric Coffee Company
Ealing was Electric Coffee Company’s first site. Sourcing, roasting and serving great coffee lead to more and since then, the cafe has evolved into a thriving destination for coffee, food and wine lovers alike. While the team’s focus on serving great coffee has never faltered, it now also serves breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. The coffee shop has been included in the Independent's Top 50 Coffee shops and it features on the London Coffee Map.
40 Haven Green, Ealing, W5 2NX
Artisan Coffee calls itself a ‘coffee-focused, fun-loving space that flirts with pushing design boundaries. Set up by owners Edwin and Magda in 2011, following a year in Uganda, the pair decided to swap the 9-5 for the 5-9, bringing great coffee to the south-west in the process. Each morning, granolas, pastries, porridge and smoked salmon on focaccia are all freshly prepared, while lunch focuses on seasonal soups, salads and tarts. The coffee itself comes from London roasters Curious Roo.
Doppio Coffee Warehouse
Doppio is a coffee wholesale company based in central London. The one-stop warehouse is a bridge between roasters, coffee equipment manufacturers and independent coffee shops. In 2018, the team opened fourth coffee shop in Ealing, which is comprised of a showroom and espresso bar where coffee-machine workshops also take place. Given that the team knows a thing or two about the equipment they make, expect a superlative coffee experience.
156 Uxbridge Road, West Ealing, W13 8SB
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
In March 2019, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery reopened to the public for the first time in over three years. The £12m project peeled back layers of history, extensions and overpainting, returning Pitzhanger to Sir John Soane’s original design, now visible for the first time in over 175 years. In 1939, Ealing’s public lending library was built on the site of Soane’s kitchen block. This has now been upgraded to create Pitzhanger Gallery, a beautiful display space flooded with natural light. The gallery will present three exhibitions a year. In its inaugural show, Anish Kapoor presents a series of sculptures, some previously unseen in Britain, which echo Soane’s complex use of mirrors and light to double and dissolve space.
Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5EQ
This Ealing theatre is home of The Questors, a large theatre company which hosts around 20 productions a year, plus a full programme of guest productions, music and platform events. The season covers a wide range of theatre, including comedies, classics, modern drama and a family Christmas show. As well as exploring the mainstream of modern and classical world drama, The Questors has always been respected for championing new or rarely performed plays, and for encouraging experimentation. Whether or not you’re seeing a show, The Grapevine bar is a great spot for a drink.
12 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BQ
Gunnersbury Park is the perfect place to watch the seasons change. As the days get longer and the blossom starts to appear, there’s no better time to explore the beautiful surroundings. Over 75 hectares of parkland are home to two Georgian mansions (Grade II- and Grade II*-listed), while Gunnersbury Museum contains more than 40,000 objects which reflect the history of this part of west London. At weekends, locals can take part in Parkrun, while summer sees Lovebox and Citadel festivals return for a full weekend of music and entertainment. A brand-new sports hub is set to provide state-of-the-art indoor facilities later this year.
Gunnersbury Park, Ealing, W3 8LQ
Need somewhere to stock up on picnic essentials before heading to the park? Harrison’s Deli sells quality produce, specialising in life's little luxuries: wine, cheese, pâté, antipasti and pies. Charcuterie, cheese or mixed platters are available for one or two people, or customers can head into Harrison's wine bar to sample the goods – alongside a decent glass of wine – indoors.
60 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, W5 1QY
Walpole Park is located at the edge of Ealing Broadway, behind Pitzhanger Manor. The park is a much-used space in the heart of the borough and is the site of Ealing Summer Festival. It forms part of a larger network of green spaces which provide respite from the pressures of urban living whether it is for recreation, an alternative ‘rural’ pedestrian route or a location for alfresco dining. There’s also a small cafe and children’s playground. Ealing Council is in the process of restoring Walpole Park to its former Regency glory through a Heritage Lottery Funded project.
Mattock Lane, Ealing Broadway, W5 5EQ
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