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Victoria Park Village’s regal Empress receives a number of important local dignitaries throughout the day: the fishmonger, the butcher, the vintner, the baker… all pay their respects on a daily basis. As a result, chef Elliott Lidstone’s menu is a celebration of the foodie scene flourishing on his doorstep – though his influences are more global. Bold, bright and beautiful seasonal flavours are the cornerstone of the day’s offering, with prettily presented, shareable plates of duck egg, girolles, peas and lardo, and grilled sardines with charred lime, pickled cabbage and coriander. These vie for attention with generous mains of onglet, chips and tarragon butter or plaice with brown shrimps and samphire. Other attractions at this bistro filled with art, light and locals include weekend brunch, £10 Monday suppers, BYO ‘Frugal Feasts’ and tapas-style bar snacks served all day. Enjoy with London beers, classic cocktails and modern wines from hotly tipped producers.


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  1. Published : Wednesday, 10 June 2015

    Review of Blacklock, Soho :: The Empress, Victoria Park

    This is quite a nostalgic post for me to write – I have lived on Victoria Park for nearly three years now. We have a lovely little flat on the canal overlooking the park. We are very lucky indeed to have lived here. But this weekend we are moving, and we are moving south of the river people. I love Victoria Village, the park and all the great places to eat and I will miss it dearly. But, I am so excited about our new adventure in Forest Hill! We got the space and the garden we wanted and we get to explore a whole new part of London.

    So, back to The Empress. This is one of my all time favourite places to eat...
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