It’s not an area I frequent often I’ll be honest, but Walthamstow is surprisingly easy to get to. A short 16 minute train ride from Liverpool Street and we’re there – you can even use your Oyster card too!
The reason for my visit is a new restaurant opening in the form of Yard Sale. These guys have pizza shops in Finsbury Park and Clapton, serving their signature 18 inch stone baked pizzas, so know what they’re doing when it comes to dough.
Here, it’s all low ceilings and pink-painted exposed bricks – cute would be the word. The bright blue tables are made out of old, melted down chopping boards which is rather unusual.
We start with a garlic pizza bread (Â£5) which comes topped with rosemary, sea salt and cheese. It’s got a thin and crispy base which is totally moreish. We also go for a side salad of buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil (Â£6) – it’s lush but there could be more mozzarella.
For main we share an 18 inch half Margherita, half Holy Peperoni (Â£18). The tomato sauce is sweet – good enough to drink by the gallon and it’s topped with plenty of cheese. The pepperoni comes from Cobble Lane, who are some of the best in the cured meat game – it’s all about quality ingredients. We get some of the Rib Man’s Holy F**k sauce on the side (Â£2) which makes us scream the name – gloriously/painfully good.
For dessert we share a homemade Bounty brownie which is one of the best puddings I’ve eaten in ages. Gooey, warm, sweet, chocolatey, coconuty – the whole thing is a work of genius. And good on them for making the effort, it would be way easier to buy-in their pud. It makes a real difference they don’t.
My sister lives in Walthamstow and she rang up the other day to order a takeaway and they’d actually ran out of dough they’d been that busy. Proof that the good people of E17 are crying out for good pizza – and they’ve got it.
Would we go back? Yes.
We dined as guests of the restaurant