Enjoy Enfield - Issue 1

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Cooking up a storm Edmonton – North Enfield – Southgate



Welcome to Enjoy Enfield, a brand new magazine celebrating the great and the good of our fantastic borough. People living in Enfield know all about our borough’s acres of parkland, good quality affordable housing and great transport links which get you into the heart of London in minutes. When you also throw in an eclectic mix of communities, great shopping centres and the diverse and vibrant cultures spanning the borough along with attractions such as Forty Hall, you can see why Enfield is such a brilliant place to live in and visit. We know residents love the borough for many reasons and we want to spread the word and help local shops, businesses and the local economy prosper. Areas across the borough – Edmonton, North Enfield and Southgate – are being transformed

through exciting multi-million pound regeneration schemes which aim to provide jobs, homes and opportunities for residents in the years to come. From the people to the places that make Enfield special, we’re going to bring you everything you need to know about what’s hot in the borough, the things to do and places to go, right on your doorstep. Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Doug Taylor

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Contents Restaurants


Shopping & Enterprise








Afternoon Tea


Arts & Culture


Leisure & Outdoors


History & Heritage


Down The Farm


All information included in this publication was correct at the time of printing. The inclusion of an organisation or business doesn’t necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed by them.





glorious food The Enfield of today is a thriving, bustling melting pot where global cultures have fused together into a gloriously diverse borough. This diversity is reflected in the borough’s noteworthy restaurant offering. In this issue we shine our culinary flash light on our restaurant picks in the east of Enfield.


424 – 426 Hertford Road EN3 5QS • 020 8443 1844 One of the best Indian restaurants in North London, let alone Enfield, offering fine authentic Indian food, brilliant service and a great selection of dishes. Mehek is nearly 15 years old and attracts a local audience as well as those from further afield. The restaurant won a 2014 Bangladeshi Caterers Association award, a recommendation in the Cobra Good Curry Guide and also received a thumbs up in an Evening Standard review. The restaurant benefits from a stylish interior and is perfect for romantic meals, family occasions and larger groups.

Famed locally for its freshly prepared food and diverse menu, Mehek also offers a take away service for those wanting a home based dining experience. Popular choices from the menu include the balti, the masalas and jalfrezi dishes. www.mehek-enfield.co.uk



Persico Ristorante Italiano 385 Hertford Road EN3 5PP • 020 8805 5515 With a tiramisu to die for and exceptional Italian cuisine coupled with great service, Persico has been a popular choice for many years. It’s usually a good sign when Italian people like eating in an Italian restaurant – as they do at Persico – so you know you’re onto a winner when you step through the door here.

A huge variety of authentic southern Mediterranean dishes (much more than the regular pizzas and pasta dishes) and a lovely laid back atmosphere makes this the perfect place for a leisurely meal with friends and family. Facebook ‘Persico, Enfield’

“A lovely laid back atmosphere makes this a great place for a leisurely meal with friends and family.”





510 Hertford Road EN3 5SS • 020 8805 9646 The perfect place to taste traditional Turkish cuisine in London. Visitors can expect a warm and welcoming dining area, decorated to give diners the full experience of traditional Turkish cuisine on their doorstep. Aksular is the taste of authentic Turkish food brought to diners by experienced Turkish chefs and friendly staff, which guarantee an unforgettable dining experience.

Particular gems are the house specials and the Turkish pizzas such as Lahmacun topped with minced meat, minced vegetables and herbs or Sucuklu Pide topped with dry, spicy Turkish sausage. Oh and don’t miss the kebabs! If you still have space after your main then give the baklava a try – you will not be disappointed! www.aksular-restaurant.co.uk

“The perfect place to taste traditional Turkish cuisine in London.”


The Meeting Bar and Restaurant 253 Southbury Road EN1 1RG • 020 8363 6856 Thai hospitality is renowned the world over and luckily diners in Enfield can experience it for themselves at the truly phenomenal Meeting Bar and Restaurant.

chefs who using traditional family recipes and fresh ingredients provide excellent quality, authentic Thai food. There is every good reason to check this place out.

A welcoming ambience coupled with a fresh contemporary decor and great


“Thai hospitality is renowned the world over and luckily diners in Enfield can experience it.”




Each of the borough’s town centres, from Ponders End to Southgate through to Palmers Green, offers everything you need for day-today living including banks, building societies, and independent home grown shops and businesses. And if you need some serious retail therapy Enfield has that covered as well with three exceptional and very different shopping centres. All offer a wide range of shops and restaurants in addition to the high quality A10 retail park. Enfield Town itself boasts both Palace Gardens and Palace Exchange, a short walk away from Enfield Town and Enfield Chase stations and a stone’s throw away from the glorious Town Park and a raft of brilliant independent and chain restaurants and pubs. Added to the already heady mix is the relaunched Thursday to Saturday 80 stall market which was first established by Royal Decree in 1303 and which features a range of different stalls.

Shop ‘til you drop Enfield is a great place to shop if you want a trusty mix of department stores, trusty high street favourites and a few specialist shops thrown into the mix – and you want to avoid the roaring crowds of Oxford Street. A10 RETAIL PARK

To the south of the borough, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre is a bustling mall owned by St Modwen with brilliant transport links, features 120 shops and restaurants and 40 market stalls in the heart of the community as well as a post office, superstore, Travelodge Hotel and leisure centre.

Enfield Town You can shop like royalty in the very heart of Enfield Town where the Palaces have two car parks boasting more than 1,000 spaces and 68 top high street names, independent retailers and food outlets. For fashion lovers there is so much to choose from with stores from H&M, Next, TK Maxx, Monsoon, Topman and New Look, all part of the great fashion offer at Palaces. The jewel in the Palace’s crown is the independent and ever popular





A10 Retail Park A fantastic venue offering top notch food and retail outlets including Toys R Us, Next Home, Nike, Halfords, Pets At Home, Nandos, and Subway. department store, Pearsons. A three floor contemporary store showcasing a superb collection of fashion, beauty, homewares and toys – all selected with the Enfield shopper in mind. Alongside Pearsons, another of the big draws at the Palaces is M&S, featuring a large Simply Food for culinary treats, a premium beauty department and fashion for all the family including Per Una, M&S Limited Edition and Autograph. Fresh at the Palaces is a large JD Sports which opened in the Summer. With its comprehensive range of sport and casual wear from leading brands including Nike, Adidas and Converse the store is proving a real destination for shoppers. The stores are open seven days a week from 9am to 5.30pm on Monday to Saturday with late night shopping on Thursdays till 7pm. On Sunday shops are open between 10am to 4pm (Palace Exchange) and 10.30am to 4.30pm (Palace Gardens). www.palaceshopping.co.uk

Edmonton Green Shopping Centre Edmonton Green Shopping Centre is a bustling hive of activity where major high street retailers such as Argos, Iceland, JD Sports, Asda, Wilkinsons and Boots sit alongside independent retailers and discount stores offering something for even the most discerning of shoppers. www.edmontongreencentre.co.uk

Southgate Southgate has a bustling high street with a mix of independent retailers and larger chains. Recent additions to this mix have made the area an even more desirable shopping location. Built predominantly in the 1930, and atmospherically similar to a village high street with many traders being on first name terms with shoppers, new faces are welcomed with open arms. The local chamber of commerce puts on two community festivals a year, which are always popular with local and visitors.

With plenty of parking and situated a short distance from both Enfield Town and the M25. The park is easy to get to and provides plenty of opportunity for people to lose track of time and enjoy a unique shopping experience. Other stores on the site are M&S Simply Food, Sports Direct, Carphone Warehouse, Boots and Aldi.

Focus on food Shop like an Italian

One establishment which demonstrates perfectly the Enfield phenomenon of fusing big business with thriving independent retailers is Marino and Roberti – a family owned Italian delicatessen based in Green Lanes since 1983. The place is a traditional Italian grocery store, which wouldn’t look out of place in Parma, where the family originate; and it stocks many of Italy’s premier brands and regional products, representing the best of authentic and traditional Italian cuisine. There is a huge range of pasta, sauces, bread, preserves, biscuits, cakes, confectionery, coffee, wines & spirits and other Italian regional delicacies on offer. As well as specialist Italian cheeses and cold meats, shoppers can buy freshly prepared home produced pasta dishes and Arancini (Italian rice balls) for a truly authentic experience.

A fashion fix, fresh food, your everyday essentials or just a chance to have fun everything you could want in one place

The choice is amazing • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Asda Lidl Matalan (Opening Autumn 2015) Sports Direct Wilko JD Sports Peacocks Blue Inc Many restaurants and cafes including Costa Coffee 40 market stalls Post Office Library Travelodge Hotel Leisure

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading Footfall continues to increase regeneration specialist, owns with an average of 230,000 and manages Edmonton Green, visitors per week. ensuring that it remains a lively and friendly space for all the community to enjoy.

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Getting hitched... ...without a hitch

From finding the perfect venue to selecting the right florist, planning your dream wedding is no piece of cake. FORTY HALL BY WWW.PETERDYERPHOTOS.COM



But all that is going to change now because we’re highlighting the best in Enfield when it comes to all things bridal and we’ve found an expert to give you some pointers about how to go about planning your big day. Emma Gentry is one of the founders of Peppermint Crush, an event organising company she has run with Louise Hawkey since 2014, and is an expert on putting magical events together and making the impossible happen. And luckily, according to Emma, everything you’re ever likely to need when organising a wedding can be found in Enfield. Emma said: “There is an endless list of DJs, florists and cake companies in Enfield and there are some fantastic venues here. We’ve got great contacts here and we can put almost anything together in this borough.” “We like to see the bride’s vision come together and if they cry happy tears we’ve done our job and we’re happy, so far there has been lots of happy tears.” So although Enfield the place makes it relatively easy to put on a wedding, Emma is very clear what her golden rules are when organising a wedding – so pay attention.

Budget “It’s all about organisation. You need to have plans and set a realistic budget. Most couples don’t think through their budget well enough and they miss some of the hidden extras. It should be spreadsheet, spreadsheet, spreadsheet all the way.”

Venue “We’re really lucky in Enfield as there are some great venues. We really like working with Forty Hall while a real hidden gem is Crews Hill Golf Club, they are fantastic, and the views for the wedding photos are amazing.”


Enjoy yourself “People say organising a wedding is stressful but it doesn’t have to be. You need to enjoy it as much as you can because it’s going to be one of the most important days of your life.”

Timing “Some people spend a few years planning their wedding others take less time. It generally depends on the budget. We could realistically put on a big wedding in six months, but we did one in six weeks – that was quite a small occasion but it was definitely a big challenge.”

Emergencies “For every single part of your wedding you need to break down what you want and when you need it by and always make allowances for emergencies so if one thing goes wrong the whole wedding isn’t wrecked.”



So you’ve followed Emma’s advice, planned your budget and decided on the type of wedding you want. We have listed some companies you might want to consider contacting to make your big day perfect. And whether you want a classic wedding in a traditional setting or a quirkier, more personalised ceremony there are dozens of options for the soon to be happy couple. Peppermint Crush can be website contacted through their .co.uk www.peppermintcrush





Wedding Venues – including ceremony For many people a religious wedding is their first and only choice but for those people who do not wish to get married, or form a civil partnership in a place of worship there are plenty of other options – here are just a few. Forty Hall www.fortyhallestate.co.uk Enfield Register Office www.enfield.gov.uk/registrars Meridian Grand www.meridiangrand.co.uk/ weddings.php Crews Hill Golf Club www.crewshillgolfclub.com Bush Hill Park Golf Club www.bhpgc.com Royal Chace Hotel www.royal-chace.com/weddings



“People say organising a wedding is stressful but it doesn’t have to be, you need to enjoy it as much as you can because it’s going to be one of the most important days of your life.”




Wedding dresses The Boutique www.theboutiqueuk.com



Mia Sposa www.miasposa-cockfosters.co.uk Get ‘N’ Hitched www.getnhitched.co.uk

Flowers Your London Florist www.yourlondonflorist.co.uk


Warmerdam www.warmerdam.org.uk Burgeon Floral Design www.burgeon.co.uk Occasions R Us www.occasionsrus.co.uk WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WILTON.PATISSERIE.1



Wilton Patisserie www.facebook.com/wilton. patisserie.1

Peter Dyer Photography www.peterdyerphotos.com

KatyBakey www.katybakey.co.uk

Joe D Miles www.joedmiles.com

Rebecca’s Cakes www.rebeccas-cakes.co.uk/about-us

We Are People Portraits www.wearepeopleportraits.co.uk





The big screen It’s been home to both blockbusters and film legends and cinema lovers in Enfield even commission their own films to celebrate the borough and its cinematic heritage. Both Boris Karloff, most famous for his role as Frankenstein’s monster, and the current kingpin of British cinema Ray Winstone, were raised in Enfield and the borough has also been a backdrop for cult classics such as Secrets and Lies and Quadrophenia as well as Hollywood blockbusters such as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Talkies Community Cinema currently based in Palmers Green, Southgate and Enfield is the not-for-profitorganisation behind commissioning the independent films and its founder David Williamson, is keen to explain why film and Enfield go hand in hand.

“People have to live somewhere and Enfield happens to be the place where the film talent of London lives. There is an idea that the suburbs are a bad thing but the reality is most people live in the suburbs and we should be celebrating that. “We aren’t the West End, we aren’t Shoreditch or the South Bank but we are where most of the people in the film industry live – the suburbs.”


“There is a tremendous appetite for something that’s not Hollywood and that’s an important part of what we do.”

Talkies Community Cinema works hard to celebrate the film stars, directors and other film workers who come from the borough whether they be producers, marketing officers or script writers at its annual ‘Here’ Film Festival but also screens a range of independent and specialist films throughout the year at a range of venues. It evolved from a group of 13 friends who set up a film, club combining food and film, once a month but really took off after David retired and decided to bring great independent and specialist film to a wider audience. “We had a great time, over 12 years we saw more than 120 films, and we thought ‘I wonder if this would work on a bigger scale’. “The first screening we did, we had 35 people turn up and our biggest audience was 400 people when we screened Ghostbusters in a park. “We’re always surprised when people turn up, but they do. There is a tremendous appetite for something that’s not Hollywood and that’s an important part of what we do. “All the films we show during the Here Film Festival have an association with Enfield in celebrating the talent we have locally. There are a lot of people from Enfield who have become directors, actors or producers.”

Ghostbusters aside Talkies previous outings have included screenings of Metropolis (with live organ score), Pride, Potiche, The Blues Brothers and a number of festivals. Venues include the Dugdale Centre, St John’s Church Hall (Palmers Green), The Fox (Palmers Green) and Bush Hill Park Bowls and Tennis Club. www.talkies.org.uk Fans of Hollywood blockbusters and more mainstream films are also catered for at venues including: Odeon Lee Valley – a 12-screen cinema showing RealD 3D in Picketts Lock just off Meridian Way, Edmonton. Free parking. www.odeon.co.uk Cineworld – a 15-screen cinema on the junction of the A10 and Southbury Road with IMAX 3D capability and seating for up to 480 people in its biggest auditorium. Free parking. www.cineworld.co.uk








One woman’s passion for gifts and a quest for perfection means one company based in Enfield is going from strength to strength and pointing baffled shoppers in the direction of the perfect gift week in, week out. Emma Chapman, the founder of the Ruby Blu gift shop, says she always had a passion for gift buying, and made it her business in 2011 – originally in Southgate before moving to the Dugdale Centre in 2014. Emma’s passion for buying gifts for friends and family remains at the very core of Ruby Blu and while deciding what products to stock, she decided to go through her address book and source gifts for everyone. Emma said: “My aim with Ruby Blu was to go back to how people used to shop before the internet. One of the things we found out when we set up the shop was that people said they missed the interaction with staff in shops and not being able to look at and touch what they were thinking of buying. “There is a whole generation of people who simply don’t use the internet and then there are those who love the convenience of ordering products online and having them either gift wrapped and ready for


collection the next day or delivered – we combine the traditional with the new and try to cater for everyone.” Now her shop stocks items including a wide range of toys, children’s clothes, jewellery, toiletries, home wares, accessories, men’s gifts, cards, gift wrap, novelty gifts, books and much more besides. In September 2013 Emma dipped a toe into the world of online shopping and launched her website www.rubyblu.co.uk a one-stop online gift shop, which is open 24 hours a day, 52 weeks of the year providing the option of free gift wrapping. A free click and collect service soon followed, allowing shoppers to buy their gifts online, have them gift wrapped and collect from the Dugdale Centre the very next day. With Ruby Blu winning Enfield Retailer of the Year in 2013, Emma clearly knows her gifts, and she has very kindly offered to share her tips on how to, and where to shop smart.




“With Ruby Blu winning Enfield Retailer of the Year in 2013, Emma clearly knows her gifts.”



Emma’s top tips and preparation: Know who you are buying for and know your budget “Think outside the box, people really are impressed when you’ve put some thought into it, also people will often blow their budget because they don’t know prices and so they’ll buy anything. People are reluctant to admit how much they want to spend or they don’t know what they want to buy, so it’s important to do your research before you start.” When do you start? “For birthdays and other celebrations I’d start a week or two before, especially if you know what you want to buy because if you leave it to the last minute you may find it’s not in stock and then you’re in trouble. Some people may drop some not too subtle hints ahead of their big day, so take note and start hunting.” “For Christmas I’d start in November, but one big tip is to make sure you have a list of people you need to buy for, what ideas’ if any you have for their gift and their budget, then stick to it. We often find that our lovely men leave it until the last minute, but I wouldn’t recommend that.” Buying for colleagues, a teacher or neighbours “It’s tough if you don’t know them very well, so I would probably go for flowers, candles or a good bottle of wine makes great a gift for men

and women. Where? Your London Florist www.yourlondonflorist.co.uk in Southgate is my go to business for flowers and plants, they do the most fabulous bouquets. Pearson’s www.pearsonsenfield.co.uk is full of awesome gift ideas. I recently bought some lovely candles at a reasonable price, they also have a good card selection and Eco Vino Teatro www.ecovinoteatro.co.uk in the Dugdale Centre stock a wonderful range of organic wine. Holtswhites Bakery www.holtwhitesbakery.co.uk on Chase Side sell amazing cheeses, wines, preserves and oils, great ingredient’s for a hamper. “If you’re still in doubt, books are a good choice and Waterstones www. waterstones.com in Enfield is probably the best bet in the borough. Nothing beats wandering around a bookshop.” Children “As well as the lovely children’s gifts we sell at Ruby Blu, Pearsons www.pearsonsenfield.co.uk has a really good toy department. At the moment my son, who is five, like lots of children is into superheroes, his favourite being Spiderman. My 10 year old daughter is very much into arts and crafts. For my daughter’s last birthday I bought her a session to learn how to make a stained glass at Art Start in Edmonton, she absolutely loved it, they do awesome adult classes too. “The best place for arts and crafts supplies is Rodwins www.facebook. com/RodwinsN14 in Southgate, it’s been there for over 50 years and it’s just brilliant, just like Jose the owner.” Mum, Sister & your Best Friend


“My mum loves scarves and bags so I love Wild Daisy www. wilddaisyboutique.co.uk in Bush Hill Park, it’s a little independent boutique shop which sells clothes, jewellery, bags and all sorts of wonderful things that are also




perfect for a girlfriend or best friend. One of my favourite pastimes is strolling vintage shops and fairs, Crews Hill Vintage Emporium in Enfield is full of delights, I have found some really quirky gifts for my both my sister and friends. Now for the friend who has everything I treat them to a voucher for a beauty treatment at Tessa Stevens www. tessastevens.com in Winchmore Hill or Enfield Town, after all who doesn’t like being pampered. “I recently commissioned a beautiful illustration as an engagement present for my best friend in Canada, Emma Block Illustration www. emmablock.co.uk is so talented and is on our doorstep.” Men



Now Remember “The important thing to remember with gift buying is you don’t have to spend a lot of money, it’s true when people say “it’s not how much you spend it’s the thought that counts” and if you really are stuck ask for some advice. Sales assistants are there to help and should always be happy and able to point you in the right direction.

”I defiantly find men the hardest to buy for mainly because they don’t seem to need as much ‘stuff ‘ as us ladies. Now of course aftershave, mugs, socks, cufflinks, wallets and ties are all great presents but how many pairs of socks does one man need, if they don’t have a hobby like golf or football it can be difficult. I recently bought my husband a really cool Southgate tube cushion from The Only Place For Pictures www. theonlyplaceforpictures.co.uk, in Palmers Green.

Did you know?

“If you’re genuinely stuck you could go for something like theatre tickets – the Dugdale and Millfield Centres www. millfieldtheatre.co.uk have lots of great shows on, or something quirky such as a back massage work well, as does vouchers for meals out or experience days when you can do things like hot air ballooning or rally driving.”

“When you shop locally, your spending will boost the local economy, more of your money stays close to home: supporting the parks, recreation centres, libraries and other things that make our community a great place to live. Supporting local independent shops like mine really do make a difference.”

“If you live or are visiting the east of the borough Giftland in Edmonton is probably a good place to start. They’ve been around for 25 years, know what they’re doing and they’ve got a great selection of gifts for friends and family which are good quality, affordable and imaginative. And if you’re really stuck they can give you some pointers.”


Other gift shops in Enfield

Treasured Favours N14 5BJ 8 Station Rd, Southgate Toucan Gifts te N14 5BU 59 Chase Side, Southga Déjà vu 0PT Chase Side, Enfield, EN2 Gatehouse Furniture 370 Green Lanes, Palmers Green N13 5PE Minsky l N21 3NB 45 Station Rd, Winchmore Hil Green Past Present Toys – 862 1 2RS N2 l Hil ore Lanes, Winchm 4 Hertford Card & Party Zone – 23 Road, Enfield EN3 5BL




Afternoon tea has never been more popular – nor has it ever been better.

In this edition of Enjoy Enfield, we look at some of the best the borough has to offer. Not a lot of people know this but afternoon tea only came about because a grumpy aristocrat couldn’t last a whole day without a snack. Back in the days when people only ate two meals a day, Queen Victoria’s Lady of the bedchamber, Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, grew tired of waiting for her late evening supper and by the middle of the afternoon would ask servants to sneak her tea and slices of bread and butter. This soon evolved into a variety of cakes and sandwiches and before long her friends were joining in, and the starving upper classes hungrily embraced the custom. Since then, afternoon tea has become a staple of the English diet, thank goodness. Here are five of the best in Enfield, in no particular order.

Nice Green Café at Forty Hall, Enfield The Nice Green Café at Forty Hall & Estate is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a visit to the Hall or a stroll around the park. The Nice Green Café serves teas, coffees and delicious seasonal refreshments which are locally sourced. Visitors can enjoy their Cream Tea with home-made scones, jam and cream and a pot of tea or coffee – all served in beautiful vintage china. Cream Tea – Homemade scone, jam and cream, a pot of tea or a coffee £7. The café is open daily from 10am – 4pm (1st November – 31st March) and 10am – 6pm (1st April – 31st October). For further information about the Nice Green Café visit www.fortyhallestate.co.uk


No booking required but if you want to guarantee a spot ring 07779 026 052 or email nicegreencafe@gmail.com


Ma Battley’s Sweet Emporium and Traditional English Tearoom, Church Street, Enfield Quintessentially English is the verdict of Ma Battley’s owner, Pam Battley, when she is asked about the appeal of a traditional afternoon tea. Based in Enfield Town, Ma Battley’s was established in 2008 and is Enfield’s very own independent family-managed traditional English tearoom serving an impressive menu of hot food, freshly made sandwiches and toasties, ice cream sundaes and handmade cakes served in a cosy environment with friendly staff. Pam said: ”We serve a lot of tea to a lot of different people, afternoon tea is suitable for every generation and every celebration so we get people of all ages coming into the tea shop from grandparents, to parents and children – we get whole families in. “The concept of a traditional English Sweetshop is something special that keeps us in touch with our childhood it’s a very nostalgic experience and the tea shop builds on that.” Afternoon tea consists of a selection of sandwiches, cakes, sweet treats and scones with clotted cream and jam as well as unlimited tea or coffee and costs £19.95 for two people. The sweet shop and tea rooms are open from 10am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday and 9am to 5.30pm on Saturdays. No booking necessary. Contact 020 8367 2034 or www.mabattleys.com

West Lodge Park, Cockfosters Road, Enfield West Lodge Park is one of the finest country house hotels in the region and visitors can combine a superb afternoon tea, with a free game of croquet or putting by the lake or a stroll through the beautiful 35 acres of ground surrounding the hotel. Afternoon tea ranges in price from £12 for an afternoon cream tea to £27.50 for tea, sandwiches, scones, homemade cakes and a glass of champagne. Booking 020 8216 3900 or www.bealeshotels.co.uk/westlodgepark/teas/

Royal Chace Hotel, The Ridgeway, Enfield A stylish and prestigious hotel with royal connections and a stylish and delicious afternoon tea to match. Set in tranquil grounds and renowned for its excellent food and impeccable service the afternoon tea at the Royal Chace caters for up to 10 people each enjoying a choice of tea, sandwiches along with homemade scones, cakes and pastries. Prices range from £17.95 for afternoon tea to £24.95 for afternoon tea with a glass of champagne Restaurant Manager, Reda Sallam, said: “Afternoon tea has become more and more popular at the Royal Chace Hotel. “We have afternoon teas booked by large groups or individuals daily. Others use afternoon tea for celebrations such as baby showers, hen do’s and birthdays. “We offer our private rooms for larger groups so that they can have the intimate experience they are looking for, however smaller groups love the vibe that is created in our lounge area. “The opening of our courtyard has made afternoon tea popular in the summer months, we enable them to enjoy great food with great weather in the comfort of our hotel.” Booking 020 8884 8200 or www.royal-chace.com/food-drink

Baskervilles Tea Shop, 66 Alderman’s Hill, Palmers Green Combine specially blended teas produced by a master tea maker, lovingly crafted homemade cakes and a beautiful setting overlooking Broomfield Park and you have Baskervilles Tea Shop. Cream teas costs from £8 for specialty tea, homemade scones, jam, clotted cream and lemon curd to £17.50 for vintage afternoon tea which also includes a selection of sandwiches and homemade cakes and fancies. Booking 020 8351 1673 or www.baskervillesteashop.co.uk




That’s entertainment Whether you want live performances, music, dance, laughter, tears or cheers, Enfield is rapidly becoming the must visit destination for theatre goers.






“It is unusual for a borough outside the West End to have more than one theatre – let alone four.” Enfield’s three theatres consistently produce a broad range of high class, innovative professional shows with a mixture of big name performers and top notch amateur productions which put every corner of the borough squarely on the entertainment map. Indeed Paul Everitt, Head of Arts and Culture for Enfield Council, believes the current crop of theatre companies and amateur theatrical groups shows the borough’s artistic output is in safe hands. He said: “There is a tremendous hunger for live shows amongst residents in Enfield and that is reflected in the huge number of performing arts companies which consistently produce good quality accessible plays, comedy shows, concerts and other performances at venues across the borough.

“It is unusual for a borough outside the West End to have more than one theatre – let alone four – and the fact that we do, is a testament to the reality that people want theatre and performing arts is alive and kicking here.


“There is no doubt that regardless of how eclectic your tastes are, the likelihood is that you’ll find something you want to watch at one of our live venues. “The truly brilliant thing about going to a live show in Enfield is that irrespective of which venue you visit there is plenty to do and places to eat nearby so it’s easy to turn it into an extended and reasonably inexpensive night out. You can’t say that about too many other nights out in London.”







The output of Millfield Theatre in Edmonton, Ziggy’s Jazz Club in Enfield, Palmer’s Green’s Intimate Theatre and the Chickenshed Theatre Company based in Southgate mean that residents have access to high quality live entertainment on their doorstep, while people from further afield can visit safe, in the knowledge that they’re often giving the West End a run for its money. The Intimate Theatre, a 360 seater venue in Palmers Green, hosts productions staged by Saint Monica’s Players. The non-profit amateur drama group puts on two shows a year, a pantomime each January and a musical production in June with previous sold out shows including West Side Story, and The Wedding Singer. Chickenshed Theatre, as the name would suggest, is an inclusive theatre company which was started in a chicken shed by musician and composer Jo Collins and primary school teacher Mary Ward in 1974. As the group grew, church halls rapidly replaced the eponymous shed and records contracts, a CD and West End performances along with an increasing public profile soon followed. Jo Collins became Chickenshed’s Director of Music and Mary Ward, the Artistic Director.


Diana, Princess of Wales, agreed to become the theatre’s patron in 1990 and the Company moved into a beautiful purpose built permanent theatre in December 1994 after Enfield Council pledged land for the project.


As well as touring, the company now puts on a packed theatre programme from its base in Southgate plus workshops for the whole community. As well as having a packed theatre programme and workshops for the whole community, Chickenshed also tours the country with its issues-based productions, and offers three nationally accredited education courses at Foundation Degree, BTEC and BA level which are rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.

“We believe that together with the other tremendous theatre and arts provision in the borough we are all making an Enfield a great place to live.” Susan Jamson from Chickenshed said: “Chickenshed is proud to have been producing ground-breaking and life-changing theatre in Enfield for over forty years. “Our vision is a society that enables everyone to flourish and our mission


is to create entertaining and outstanding theatre that celebrates diversity and inspires positive change. “We believe that together with the other tremendous theatre and arts provision in the borough we are all making Enfield a great place to live.” With both Chickenshed and Intimate Theatre companies thriving and delivering first class productions from their respective community bases, Edmonton’s Millfield Theatre provides a venue for both community groups seeking performing space, established acts on tour and full scale professional theatre productions as well as a hugely popular annual pantomime. With Millfield Bar and Kitchen, one of Edmonton’s best kept secrets, catering for thirsty and peckish punters and make a visit to the Millfield Theatre a night to remember. Another live performance venue of note in Enfield is Ziggy’s World Jazz Club, based at the Dugdale Centre. Launched in 2012 and happening once a month the evenings have featured noted performers Mica Paris and Gypsy Fire.

Book it Intimate Theatre 521 Green Lanes, Palmers Green N13 4DH .co.uk Online: www.stmonica 8 Box Office: 07946 201 50 Chickenshed Theatre 4 4PE Chase Side, Southgate N1 ed.org.uk Online: www.chickensh 22 Box Office: 020 8292 92 Millfield Theatre N18 1PJ Silver Street, Edmonton eatre.co.uk Online: www.millfieldth Dugdale Centre EN2 6DS 39 London Road, Enfield Box office: 020 8807 6680 .uk www.dugdalecentre.co Ziggy’s Club .com Online: www.ziggysclub 80 Box Office: 020 8807 66



The great outdoors Here’s the thing – you’re in Enfield and reaping all the benefits of being just 20 minutes away from the centre of the greatest city on earth, but at the same time you’re in the greenest borough in London and enjoying unrivalled leisure and cultural attractions. There are hundreds of great days out to choose from in and around Enfield with attractions including campsites, cycling and walking routes, farms, white water rafting, wide-open spaces, brilliant leisure centres and sporting facilities, canal trips and golf courses. In fact, there’s absolutely no excuse to claim you’re bored so why not harness your inner get up and go – and go and do something. If it’s award-winning open spaces you want Enfield has eight parks with Green Flag Awards – and dozens more waiting to be explored with features including the fantastic Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at Trent Park. Another jewel in the crown of Enfield is the 26-mile-long 10,000 acre Lee Valley regional park, packed with award-winning open spaces, London 2012 Olympic venues, farms, walks and much more besides. The £30 million Cycle Enfield scheme is on course to revolutionise transportation in the borough and get more people on their bikes and out of cars and will build on

the existing network of walks and cycleways criss-crossing the borough. Fitness buffs need not be disappointed, many of Enfield’s parks have keep fit sessions laid on at weekends and free outdoor gyms installed so that anyone can get into shape. There are hundreds of tennis, football and other sports pitches dotted around the borough, as well as uniquely one of the United Kingdom’s only outdoor speed skating tracks in Tatem Park. Supporting efforts in parks are the borough leisure centres – run by Fusion Lifestyle, a number of which have been the subject of recent multimillion pound refurbishments and are more popular than ever before. Continues...



“If it’s award-winning open spaces you want Enfield has eight parks with Green Flag Awards.”




“One of the greenest boroughs in London”





Lee Valley Regional Park

Go Ape at Trent Park

The award-winning Lee Valley Regional Park stretches an incredible 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from Ware in Hertfordshire, through Essex, to the Thames at East India Dock Basin.

If you’ve ever felt the urge to get in touch with your inner Tarzan, and let’s be honest, who hasn’t, Go Ape is just the ticket.

With regional sports centres, urban green spaces, heritage sites, country parks, farms and nature reserves providing a unique leisure experience for everyone. There’s white water rafting, athletics, golf, horse riding, ice skating, fishing, cycling, bird watching and camping on offer while visitors can also simply explore the countryside and find out more about this hidden gem for themselves. www.leevalleypark.org.uk

Nestling amongst the tree tops at Trent Park, Go Ape gives you the opportunity to explore the tree tops on zip wires, swings and various precarious crossings – and it’s all great fun. With sessions lasting two to three hours, and specially tailored routes for intrepid youngsters, who’d probably put their parents to shame anyway, you’ve got a recipe for brilliant fun up a tree, and what’s not to like about that? www.goape.co.uk



These feet are made for walking Curious types with huge stamina and a love of walking can always give the 50 mile long Lee Valley Walk a go or if they don’t fancy walking the whole length there’s a particularly pleasant stretch which winds its way through Enfield. The walk itself is a long distance path from the source of the River Lee near Luton to the River Thames while the 13 mile Enfield stretch starts at Broxbourne and terminates at Walthamstow Marshes and takes in attractions such as Turnford and Cheshunt Pits, the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre, the Royal Gunpowder Mills and the former Enfield Royal Small Arms Factory.


“As one of the greenest boroughs in London, Enfield has a number of parks and open spaces waiting for you to come and explore.”


Park life

Anyone for golf

As one of the greenest boroughs in London, Enfield has a number of parks and open spaces waiting for you to come and explore.

If you like golf, you’re in luck, Enfield boasts a lot of golf courses ranging from pitch and putt in Oakwood and Grovelands Park for beginners to courses designed to test even the most fanatical golf nut.

They cater for all tastes with typical facilities including countryside walks, sports pitches, children’s playgrounds, café and picnic facilities, pitch and putt courses and putting greens, green gyms and even an animal hospital! So why not visit your local park and discover what it has to offer. One of our parks even has a baseball pitch! www.enfield.gov.uk/parks

Enfield Council owns its very own golf course at Whitewebbs Golf Course in Beggars Hollow which is set within Whitewebbs Park and offers a low-cost golfing experience. www.whitewebbsgolf.co.uk





Enfield Leisure Centres

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Facilities include: • Gyms • Studios with over 400 classes per week • Swimming pools • Swim School • Sauna & Steam • Soft Play (Edmonton & Southbury Leisure Centres) • Outdoor pitches including 3G at Southbury Leisure Centre

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• Indoor sports including Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball and much more • Creche facilities • Cafes • Excellent Choice membership options including Family • Rewards Scheme • And much more

Arnos Pool 020 8361 9336 Aspire Sports & Fitness 020 8364 2484 Edmonton Leisure Centre 020 8375 3750 Southbury Leisure Centre 020 8245 3201 Southgate Leisure Centre 020 8882 7963 Visit all at www.enfield-leisure.com

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Step back in time A promise made to their mother and a glimpse into the historic past of Southgate helped shape the Claud W. Dennis coffee shop in Southgate. Brothers Joseph and Franco Tzouvanni opened up in September 2014 having decided to replace the greasy spoon café in Chase Side with their own coffee shop, but were struggling to find the right theme. Franco said: “We sat down and decided if we were going to do this, we weren’t just going to change the frontage and the counter, we wanted to create something we were going to be proud of and believe in, something new to the area.” The brothers finally decided on a vintage theme for their coffee shop, but then made a fortuitous discovery.

They found a hatch in the office ceiling, and when they looked inside, they found a multitude of items dating back to the 30s and 40s with the name ‘Claud W. Dennis’ on them. A trip to the Dugdale Centre’s Local Studies archive revealed that Claud W. Dennis was a Southgate based architect who developed the original building, that is now home to the coffee shop, and most of the rest of the area and was made a Freeman of the City of London for his contribution towards the war effort. The findings of newspapers, documents, signage, posters, stained glass windows and even a door



signed ‘Private’ which is believed to have been the door to Claud’s office, were not put to waste as the brothers quickly incorporated these into their vintage theme. Joseph said: “We couldn’t believe what we had come across. We were so lucky to have found it and we were determined to incorporate it into the café and keep his memory alive. He was an important and influential man in the area and we’re pleased to be keeping his memory alive.” Franco said: “We found some amazing material. The beauty of it is that our customers notice something different every time they come in and many discover documents dating back to the early 1900’s with details of their own homes in which they now live.” Their vision has paid off with the café getting the seal of approval from residents, shoppers and workers in Southgate and even the wife, daughter and granddaughter of Claud’s son Raymond, have also paid a visit and given it the thumbs up. Joseph said: “People want variety and that’s what we give them, if people want to come and relax and feel a bit nostalgic, we’re happy to offer that atmosphere which is a little bit different. Other people just want to pop their head in and have a look at the history on the walls and that is great too.” “We’ve been made to feel so welcome here, it’s a great place to do business in an area with such diversity and we want to be here forever. We are constantly trying to update and change things to keep it fresh.” That commitment has seen the incorporation of the modern with the vintage – the café boasts iPads and a screen giving live bus and tube times for customers, with classic jazz and 30s music. Franco said: “Wherever we can, we source locally and support the community and small businesses around us. Our window mural was painted by a local artist which we

“We’ve been made to feel so welcome here, it’s a great place to do business in an area with such diversity and we want to be here forever.”

change every season and the cakes are homemade, freshly baked and delivered every morning by a local mother and daughter team.” The café also has an alcohol licence so it can cater for the burgeoning evening trade in Southgate who can enjoy anything from a glass of wine to an Espresso Martini or Bailey’s hot chocolate. Also watch out for evening events at the venue including live jazz on a Saturday night. The coffee shop even received Joseph and Franco’s mum’s seal of approval, who ran a café in Ayia Marina, Cyprus. Joseph said: “We used to say to her ‘you should open up a coffee shop’ and it became a running joke as we knew she was too busy raising myself and my six siblings! She would reply and say ‘ If you open one, I’ll help you!’ “Mum has been a big help, she gave us advice on how to run the business and above all, how to treat the customers. She loves it here and frequently visits with her grandchildren who love to play with our pet rabbits Claud and Claudette in the coffee shops rear garden.” Claud W. Dennis N14 5PB 3 Chase Side, Southgate 0pm Weekdays 6.30am to 9.0 Saturday & Sunday 8.00am to 8.00pm WDennis www.facebook.com/Claud



Down the farm A quiet food revolution is happening in Enfield which aims to change people’s habits and drive a boom in home grown and organically produced fruit and vegetables.


Possibly the last thing you would expect to find in the borough is a vineyard, but there is one with no fewer than 10 acres of vines planted in a south-facing, gravelly plot, from which Enfield’s resident experts plan to make good quality still and sparkling wines.

“We want to make locally-grown, organic produce more accessible to people living in Enfield.” The vineyard is the first commercial scale operation of its type in London since the Middle Ages but that’s not all. It’s just one string to the bow of Forty Hall Farm a 170-acre organic mixed farm and fast growing food hub. Both ventures are certified organic. The farm itself features a variety of animals including rare breeds and also contains a thriving community orchard, a forest garden and a new market garden. Forty Hall Farm is run by Capel Manor College, the only further education college in London that specialises in learning about the environment. Its aim is to become a centre of excellence that demonstrates and promotes sustainable food production.

Consequently, all of the farm’s meat, fruit and vegetables are sold locally and seasonally and it is working tirelessly to bring people from across London together and get involved in cooking and eating local food. The theory itself is sound and Kate McGeevor, the Centre Coordinator at Forty Hall Farm, has some brilliant tips for people who have started growing their own and who are in need of some pointers as well as grow your own virgins. The farm’s organic meat, vegetables and eggs are sold in the Forty Hall Farm Shop and other local retailers. The farm also runs the Enfield Veg Co. a vegetable bag scheme, delivering high quality organic veg including veg grown on Forty Hall Farm and some by other local growers. Enfield Veg Co, delivers veg bags to a number of collection points around the borough. Kate said: “We want to make locally-grown, organic produce more accessible to people living in Enfield. Our customers sign up on a monthly basis and choose to receive a small, medium or large veg bag once a week. The box scheme will be run as a separate Community Interest Company (CIC), which we are currently setting up.”

op is The Forty Hall Farm Sh Saturday open every Wednesday, to 4pm. and Sunday, from 11am Get involved: www.fortyhallfarm.org.uk k or fortyhallfarm@capel.ac.u phone 07713 488501 Enfield Veg Company: www.enfieldveg.co.uk


Whitewebbs Park Golf Course

We provide some of the best value golf in North London, set in over 140 acres of beautiful rolling countryside, for a relaxing round with friends or family. Whitewebbs Park Golf Course Whitewebbs Lane Enfield EN2 9HH Tel: 020 8363 4454 For more information on our excellent facilities, open days and events visit our website.


Enfield’s very own local veg bag delivery scheme, run by Forty Hall Farm.

For more information, and to find your nearest collection point, please visit www.enfieldveg.co.uk or call 07713 488501 Supported by the Greater London Authority, Capel Manor College and Enfield Council


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