Pierre Koffman protégé (and former Young Chef of the Year) Ben Murphy – just 25 – has been backed by Essex restaurateur Steve Andrews to open a new 100-cover restaurant in South Woodford. Set over two floors it will boast an oyster and seafood bar and a menu inspired by classic French techniques and British produce.
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“A star on the outskirts of London” – Pierre Koffmann protégé (and former Young Chef of the Year) Ben Murphy – just 25 – was backed by Essex restaurateur Steve Andrews to open this “ambitious” (one or two critics would say “over-ambitious”) and very plushly “comfortable” new 100-cover restaurant in South Woodford (complete with Churchill Lounge bar). It’s “a fabulous addition to an area which surprisingly lacks an upmarket establishment” and “shows great promise”, even if some of the classic cuisine is “still finding its feet”.
The Woodford Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The Woodford closed in February 2017."
"Despite all the hype, the standards here are not up to those of the fine dining restaurants in Central London that it seeks to emulate. The food is reasonable but unremarkable and given the high prices it is not great value for money.The service is quite patchy especially when the restaurant starts to get busy. We had to wait about 45 minutes for our deserts which seems excessive. At well over £150 per head including reasonable wine, standards will need to improve if their prices are to be maintained"
159 High Rd, London, E18 2PA
Thurs-Sun 12N-11.45pm (Sun -6pm)
Last orders: 9.30 pm, Sun 6 pm