Romford Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Romford

July 20, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Romford is a large town in east London, and the administrative centre of the London Borough of Havering. It is located 14.1 miles (22.7 km) northeast of Charing Cross and is one of the major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan. It was historically a market town in the county of Essex and formed the administrative centre of the liberty of Havering, until it was dissolved in 1892. Good road links and the opening of the railway station in 1839 were key to the development of the town and the economic history of Romford is underpinned by a shift from agriculture to light industry and then to retail and commerce. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Romford significantly expanded and increased in population, becoming a municipal borough in 1937 and has formed part of Greater London since 1965. It now forms one of the largest commercial, retail, entertainment and leisure districts outside central London and has a developed night-time economy.
Things to do in Romford

1. COSMO Romford

Waterloo Road | Unit 4A, The Brewery, Romford RM1 1AU, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet Japanese, Indian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$78 - HK$165 +44 1708 733777
Excellent
34%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
10%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 758 reviews

COSMO Romford

Reviewed By Howdidyoudo

...come to think of it, there are lots of better options out there. I think they knew Valentine's would be busy. When they booked, they told us we would have 90 minutes. They reminded us of this three times before we sat down, then they brought us a 'leave by 7.45' sign.
The message had clearly not reached the kitchen, sadly. My wife, a pescitarian, was pleased to see four prawn dishes. Three were empty for the entire duration of our meal, and her salmon was cooked on a surface that left it tasting of meat, so she had to leave that.
Many, many dishes were cold scraps, only a couple were warm.
The staff explained it was a busy night. So avoid Cosmo any time other people may want to eat there. Prepare to eat lukewarm cheaper options. And, if you've not had the foresight to book a table, prepare to queue for an hour in a cold shopping centre for the privilege.

2. Bekash Tandoori

70 Victoria Road, Romford RM1 2LA, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +44 1708 737841
Excellent
76%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

Bekash Tandoori

Reviewed By Samantha_Peat - Romford, United Kingdom

We have been using Bekash for take away and the odd eat-in experience for many years now. We recently had a break from them (not because we were in any way unhappy) and used another local curry house. It was convenient to use them again in the last month and the food was as we remembered - fresh and tasty and not too greasy or heavy. And the staff were happy to see us again and did not make us feel bad for not having been for a while but appeared genuinely pleased to see us. We will definitely continue to use them. Great food.

3. The Cranleigh

84 Station Lane, Hornchurch RM12 6LX, England Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1708 443229
Excellent
72%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 445 reviews

The Cranleigh

Reviewed By Rosalind C

This is a good old fashioned restaurant, the food was quiet good ,the staff were lovely , and the table was cleared after each course,they brought round the dessert trolley , and I wanted strawberries and meringue I watched them disappear as the trolley went round and when it got to our table they had all gone, but the staff went and made me a fresh one lovely thank you

155 High Street, Hornchurch RM11 3YD, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$118 +44 1708 478885
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Sukhothai

Reviewed By Mike R - London, United Kingdom

Well located restaurant in the centre of town. Friendly attentive staff with a nice atmosphere. Very popular so can get very noisy if large groups of people. Nice range on the menu and had excellent Thai fish cakes and red chicken curry for mains. Really nice selection of ice cream available.

5. The Brickyard Restaurant

222 South Street, Romford RM1 2AD, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$542 +44 1708 743167
Excellent
44%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
9%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 468 reviews

The Brickyard Restaurant

Reviewed By Sarah D L

Blonde barman was rude and sloppy 1/5. Food was lovely 4/5. Waitress very tentative 5/5. Staff let us order bottles of wine just before it closed and then chased us out before we could finish them which is not good practice 0/5. Venue 4/5. Luther Vandross tribute voice 5/5 but his personality was 2/5. First time visit and won’t bother again as Music was cut off mid song at 11:30 which is a first for me. Bouncer 5/5 for persistently telling us to leave.

6. Ciao Bella

95 South Street, Romford RM1 1NX, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1708 725700
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 774 reviews

Ciao Bella

Reviewed By Alan S - London, United Kingdom

Had family lunch for 8 (5 adults 3 children) here on Sunday, Atmosphere and service were good, the food (mainly pizza) was lovely, portions were big, and ridiculously cheap. The prawn linguine was delicious!

7. Tarantino's Restaurant

51 High Street, Hornchurch RM11 1TP, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1708 504030
Excellent
64%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 337 reviews

Tarantino's Restaurant

Tarantino Restaurant in Hornchurch is located on the High Street. Here you will find a warm welcome in this authentic Italian restaurant with casual and relaxed surroundings to enjoy your dining.Tarantino is the quintessential Italian restaurant, with bags of atmosphere, delicious food and wine, served by attentive, professional staff who ensure you want for nothing when you visit us.The decor is vibrant and traditional with delightful murals depicting famous places in Italy. We offer what all quality eating establishments seek to provide; a complete dining experience.Tarantino prides itself on being able to suit all tastes from a plain Pizza to a Lobster Thermidor. With an extensive a la carte, party menu and lunch menu we are guaranteed to cater to your tastes!!

Reviewed By tyrtns - Romford, United Kingdom

My wife and i decided to treat ourselves and go to Tarantino's for Sunday lunch. We haven't been there for quite some time but are pleased to say the food, friendliness of the staff and unhurried service was still the way has been, excellent. We...MoreThank you for returning and leaving a such a lovely review. We hope to see you again soon. Kindest regards Tarantino

8. Shepherd & Dog

91 Shepherds Hill | Harold Wood, Romford RM3 0NP, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$149 - HK$251 +44 1708 377717
Excellent
37%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 747 reviews

Shepherd & Dog

Reviewed By PedzSez - London, United Kingdom

I visited Shepherd and Dog recently with family for a birthday meal. As with a lot of others, I'd heard great things about the venue and wanted to try it out. When calling to book around three weeks in advance I was told there were...MoreHi There, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such an in depth and detailed review, we appreciate all feedback here at the Shepherd & Dog and will take all your thoughts into careful consideration for the future. Best Wishes Jessica

9. The Orange Tree

Orange Tree Hill | Havering-Atte-Bower, Romford RM4 1PJ, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$63 - HK$275 +44 1708 752739
Excellent
47%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
9%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 316 reviews

The Orange Tree

The Orange Tree,Orange Tree Hill,Havering-Atte-Bower, Romford RM4 1PJ. Lovely atmosphere. great food. good friendly service. Country pub/restaurant

Reviewed By APHW2018 - Romford, United Kingdom

Have just spent a really pleasant afternoon celebrating a friends 50th birthday.
We had booked to go somewhere else but they let us down at the last minute. We were delighted that The Orange Tree was able to accommodate our group of 18 ladies, at short notice. We had a private section off the main pub area. Each table was laid a small flower arrangement, white linen tablecloths and napkins, and matching China. Which is so much nicer that paper napkins and bare tables. The sandwiches were fresh and well filled, catering for all tastes and preferences. The homemade scones were huge and delicious. There was also a selection of delicious cakes - a moist chocolate cake, carrot cake and I think a lemon drizzle cake - but I was too full to try it!
Our tables were booked for two hours but there was no pressure to leave once this time was up. The staff were amazing, very polite and helpful.
A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
I definatley intend to go there again and would fully recommend it.

10. Blue Orchid

70 North Street, Romford RM1 1DA, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +44 1708 761763
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Blue Orchid

Reviewed By John B - Hornchurch, United Kingdom

Went for an early evening dinner on a Sunday night.
Quiet at first but soon became very busy.
Very large menu helpfully divided into sections - fish, chicken pork etc.
Very good quality dishes and generous portions giving excellent value for money.
Useful wine list though not cheap.
Friendly and helpful staff.

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