West Norwood and Tulse Hill Food Week 2017 - The Garden

Why Join the Table?

Italian cuisine has developed over the centuries and is characterized by its simplicity.
We use mainly Italian products. Fresh vegetables and meat arrive daily from the market.

Our menu is seasonal and focuses on quality rather than quantity. It is representative of original recipes cooked in a modern way.

We have created a unique menu for Food Week which we hope will showcase the very best of modern Italian cooking.
After years living in London, we found this little place where we felt at home. We rolled our shirt sleeves up and started refurbishing the old café into a quirky and unpretentious but warm restaurant. The Garden takes its name after the patio we have in the backyard.
Italian cuisine is noted for its local diversity, abundance of difference in taste. We celebrate it.

House Rules: Usual restaurant rules apply

In a Nutshell

Feast's Food Week is returning in June 2017, and this year we are teaming up with Station to Station: West Norwood and Tulse Hill Business Improvement District for a series foodie events at your favourite West Norwood and Tulse Hill venues. We are celebrating all things cultural, creative and artistic, so if it's poetry, art, storytelling or dance that catches your eye, come and join us!

The Whole Hog

The week is powered by West Norwood Feast, the monthly community-run market, and Station to Station: West Norwood and Tulse Hill Business Improvement District. Our aim is to showcase many of the great eateries that West Norwood and Tulse Hill now have to offer.

Lovely, friendly cafe. We enjoyed people-watching while munching our way through the tasty sandwiches, delicious scones and more cakes than we could eat. We took a goodie bag home for Afternoon Tea 2. Thank you very much!

Really delicious vegetarian food - I liked the lentil dhal especially, and the rest of my family enjoyed the chicken. Children had a great time and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere with friends.

nice food friendly atmosphere

Great experience for myself and my pre-schoolers, the food was super and the crowd was very friendly

Really lovely cake, we enjoyed the experience very much. Lemon drizzle cake was especially good, and the sandwich fillings were excellent.


Really delicious four course meal with very friendly and attentive staff. Would recommend and attend another one.

Great evening - well-organised and food was very good value. Warm, friendly atmosphere and good to meet the people behind the Community Shop

The food just wonderful. The atmosphere so exciting. The company made me feel at home. I couldn't have asked for more. And to know i was contributing to the unique community that is West Norwood. Perfect.

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A lovely meal in this tiny, charming cafe. We especially enjoyed the delicious antipasti and on the owner's suggestion, discovered a very nice Sardinian wine, Cannonau, which we'd not tried before. It was a pleasure to be able to eat here as their opening hours aren't usually compatible with our work routine.

We thoroughly enjoyed our WeNo cemetery tour. So interesting and informative and brilliantly led by our guide, Colin - we came away with quite a number of quirky facts lodged in our brains! The Victorian buffet served up at Tulse Hill hotel afterwards was brilliantly catered - everything was fresh and delicious and there were even warming soups on offer which was most welcome given the wet chill and wind on the day. The Victorian sponge cake served at the end was a true piece de resistance: both spectacular AND scrumptious.

This was billed as a Caribbean Feast but my friend and I were disappointed. Free drink on offer was mulled wine but I think a punch would have been more appropriate to the theme. The food was tasty but boring, just your usual jerk chicken. I was hoping for a goat curry. There was live music which was classical and we both felt that some reggae would have livened up the atmosphere. On a positive note the drinks to buy were priced reasonably.

Lovely evening! Great music.

Great, perfect social night to end West Norwood Food Week. Coconut Cake something special!!

Several of the advertised dishes did not appear

Wonderful night - not just the food but the community feeling. Would definitely go again if they organise another one.

A fascinating cemetery tour with knowledgeable and enthusiastic hosts followed by a great Victorian Inspired spread, courtesy of the Tulse Hill Hotel. All dietary needs were catered for! The hot lamb broth was much needed after the time spent in the cold but even the windy and grey weather added to the atmosphere of the day!!

Loved the tour. Very interesting. The food at the Tulse Hill Hotel was fantastic. Overall really good value and would definitely go again

A great evening where we shared a table with two great west norwood residents whom we hope to meet again and share some food growing tips (and a drink).

Loads of top grub, music and company

This was an excellent event. The food was amazing and I couldn't fault it,

Otter opened up in the evening for a very well-presented event with delicious food. There was a very friendly atmosphere with a long table for everyone. Definitely a success to be repeated.

Pintadera laid on a lovely evening. Good and friendly service and delicious Sardinian food, especially the spaghetti alle vongole.

The Caribbean Feast was a great community evening, very friendly and with very well-cooked food and a wicked rum punch

Very nice evening, and so inspiring to hear about all the local initiatives being created by people, to aid the environment and improve lives of people struggling in our locality, in so many fun ways too.


A great event. The cemetery tour was really interesting and the food served at Tulse Hill Hotel was excellent and linked to the Victorian purveyors of food buried in the cemetery.

Another soon please :)

We had a lovely evening. Our hosts at Otter had pulled out all the stops. The table was set beautifully and the service was excellent. And the food was very good indeed, and well over and above the normal daytime fare at Otter. Well done!

Wish there was a complimentary drink included in the price

Venue excellent, food excellent I cannot wait for the next one!

[Review of The Great North Wood]I organised a meet up for 4 girls, there were 2 other girls there when we arrived, although when we booked it stated that the table was booked for 16 people, however this was not case. The starter and desert was nice, however we were not impressed with the main meal, the chicken was quite dry and tasteless, potatoes were small and wrinkly, no seasonal veg or salad to go with the meal. I was quite disappointed, it was not worth £28, sadly i was still very hungry after the meal, we were all excited with the desert which we shared and finished it within 5 minutes. I really hope next time they will up their game. The service was great and the staff were very friendly

Although the weather was a bit grey for a picnic, the food was great and the atmosphere at the park cafe lively. The park has some of the best views in London and people there included a bunch of artists with easels setting out to paint the trees. The food was freshly cooked Iraqi food - middle eastern with some twists. Falafel, kebabs, dolmades and chicken and chick pea stew. An event well worth repeating, especially when the sun is shining. And there is always some Iraqi food available at the cafe.

Great night out for a friend's birthday. Fantastic paella, great beer and prosecco. Once the dancing started we couldn't stop...

[Review of The Great North Wood] The starter and pudding were really nice. The chicken in the main course was a bit dry and the roast potatoes were in the dish and should have been seperate. It would have been nice to have a side salad to accompany the main course. The other people at the event were really nice.

Warm welcome on arrival by Ricardo and team and an easy flow throughout the night. Lovely food and a great ambience with a friendly atmosphere. Would recommend Garden Gastro Bar.

The hosts went out of their way to give a festive feel to the evening. The food gave a taste of Bangladeshi home cooking and was quite different from the usual run of Indian menus, including a fesh-water fish curry and a very rich beef curry.

Really well thought out and thatuc cemetery tour with fantastic food provided by the Tulse Hill Hotel.

great experience all round. Very interesting walk around relevant tombstones. Fantastic atmospheric venue for our 'tea' giving the opportunity for conversation as well as eating delicious food. Very good value More please

It was a wonderful experience to just sit back and not know exactly what is coming out next. They didn't disappoint. We enjoyed an authentic combination of delicious dishes which tantalised the taste buds. Drinks very reasonably priced too.

Quirky, unusual, beautiful and intriguing with a very passionate speaker. The food experience was very good with lovely little touches.

lovely evening, the tour was super interesting and the food delicious. Great venue and very original idea!

A perfect afternoon. Atmospheric surroundings,some history,a little exercise, followed by wine and cake. The Greek temple was an inspired choice of venue.

Really fun afternoon in an area I would not normally have a chance to explore. Learned about UK foodie history and saw graves of the rich and famous. Hosts and guides all delightful. Tea party and wine welcome on site was more than generous, tho a few too many sweets and no tea! Recommnded overall.

Very interesting and pleasant walk in the Cemetery. Lots of unusual details and information shared in a friendly and enthusiastic way!

Roger a great guide around the cemetery - lots of interesting stories regarding the families buried there relating to food and drink. A lot of thought had been put into the menu (linked to those buried).The food at the afternoon tea was amazing - especially the Mrs Beaton inspired Victoria Sponge!

A great afternoon! The cemetery tour was really interesting and it was so special to be able to sit in the Greek temple at the end with beautiful food by Tulse Hill Hotel. Couldn't fault it at all!

This event – the first of its kind – was not only blessed with a fine evening, but was also sold out in quick time. Some 60 people were greeted with a glass of ginger wine (to guard against cholera) served in the Maddick mausoleum before assembling for a short tour of the cemetery. The whole event served to emphasise what a fantastic community resource is represented by the cemetery in general and by the Greek chapel in particular. The evening opening of the cemetery was especially atmospheric. Let us hope that more such events can be planned in future.

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  • Great on your own!
  • Vegetarian Friendly

Event Tags: Italian Cuisine, Vegetarian

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