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Marmelo Kitchen

Restaurants, British Leyton
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(38user reviews)
Marmelo Kitchen, Leyton

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A sophisticated small-plates restaurant.

A laid back small-plates restaurant in Leyton, Marmelo Kitchen is the kind of place that makes its own jam. Not granny jam. Chic jam, served in perfectly proportioned glass pots. On our weekend visit a thirtieth birthday party was hogging two of the sharing tables, and even though they were so pissed they were having trouble spelling out the word ‘birthday’ in silver balloons, Marmelo somehow managed to feel elegant. The best seats are outside: the staff bring you blankets, and Francis Road makes for extremely good people-watching.

The menu changes weekly, and can be found scrawled up in chalk on a central blackboard. Surprisingly, the most exquisite thing was a dip: beautifully white whipped feta with tart, slow roasted tomatoes plopped on top. Scooping mouthfuls up with soft, cakey bread set the bar for the rest of the night. Next up was a fat hunk of pork belly with salty crackling on top – the meat here was so wonderfully soft, with hints of apple. There was also a gorgeous sweet potato and fig salad with crumbly goat’s cheese. Everything is little: Marmelo is the kind of place where it’s tempting to order the entire menu and flit promiscuously between small plates.

There was one dud green bean salad slathered in what tasted like cold tinned tomatoes. But overwhelmingly, Marmelo Kitchen delivered hit after hit. The chocolate tart at the very end was so satiny and dark we ordered two of them. The menu will have changed by the time you get to it. But guaranteed: it will be luscious.


Address: 169 Francis Rd
E10 6NT
Transport: Tube: Leyton
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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Users say (38)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
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Marmelo does the tastiest lunches! Their dishes are amazing with plenty to choose from a daily changing menu. The decor is minimalist with long wooden tables, small fresh flowers and open kitchen. The house wine is good value and the puddings look delicious! They sometimes have a Sunday lunch menu instead of their usual sharing plates which is why I am giving it 4*. Unfortunately the roasts don't live up to the rest of the menu, service was a bit hectic and other customers were really noisy.  But hey you can't get everything spot on - another gem on Francis Road.

Great news - great food to complement the growing Francis Road area - Sunday lunch awesome

Fantastic food, with interesting combinations and delicious flavours, served by friendly staff!

Marmelo is such a great part of the neighbourhood. Delicious food, veggie friendly, great service, inside and outside seating, good beers and wine and near enough to Leyton's other hostelries and transport to be an easy choice. It's brilliant to see them do so well - fully deserved.

Fantastic food - an ever changing menu offering intelligently crafted small plates using really fresh ingredients, and prepared with love! This very popular local small plates restaurant ticks all the boxes!

We are fussy. But we have no complains here. Wonderful modern British tapas style dishes, cooked right in front of you, an informal setting, oh and only a 45sec walk away!

Great food. Great service. No pressure to move along once you've finished eating. Perfect for special occasions or jawing away with old friends.

Marmelo is a gem of a neighbourhood restaurant. We were so happy when they opened their doors, and had many wonderful dinners (the small plates on Friday night are amazing) and the best Sunday roast.

A real neighbourhood gem. Producing a changing menu of delights. So good that my husband once ordered a second pork chop as his dessert.


Leyton is undergoing a bit of a renaissance (very slowly - I mean, it started before the Olympics, and that was nearly four years ago exactly...), and Francis Road is at the very heart of this. Winebar 'Yardarm' may be a more recent addition, but Marmelo Kitchen has been flying the flag for the Leyton food scene for a while now. What began as Natalie Stopford's creative outlet, in the form of a preserves kitchen, has grown into an on-site catering business and this 'long weekend opening' restaurant. Book in via Twitter for Dinner from Thursday - Saturday, Brunch Saturday or Sunday Lunch. I took my mum and her partner here for dinner on a sunny Saturday last year - being the first to arrive for dinner service, the staff were attentive but not over bearing (if a little forgetful) and helped us with a couple of recommendations. Natalie's simple British food (good meat, great veg) was colourful and flavoursome, and accompanied by Hackney's finest Five Points Pale, provided a perfect way to while away a sunny evening (rare as they are!) I'm yet to sample the roasts or brunch, but all reviews sound pretty unmissable. Check it out and help a local business thrive.

Open from Thursday evening to Sunday. A Breath of fresh air in Leyton. Excelent food with an edge

Amazing roasts on a Sunday and now open on Thursdays for supper and drinks. Love it!

Lovingly made food by one of londons most exciting chefs! Can't get enough!

Fantastic little restaurant knocking out excellent food at very reasonable prices, friendly team too. A shame it's only open at the weekend (for now).

At one stage I thought they were going to start charging us rent, we were there so often. The best neighbourhood restaurant

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