Frugl Local: Ealing

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In West London it’s often hard to see past the glittering hotels, palatial royal parks and staggering opulence.  However once you’ve made your way through the gilded kingdoms of Chelsea and Kensington you eventually end up in the warm, homely, family-friendly borough of Ealing.  It’s often overlooked an dismissed as an identikit London suburb, but if you peel off the top and look closer it’s full of bright, exciting new pubs, delicious restaurants and excellent affordable art galleries.

Santa Maria Pizza

1. Santa Maria Pizzeria – If you want some good, old fashioned authentic pizza then you can’t go wrong with Santa Maria. They’re chocca block everyday for a reason! Most excellently, they have a ‘text you when your table’s free’ system so you can have a sneaky pint next door in the Red Lion. Very civilised. Opening Times: Monday – Sunday Noon – 10:30pm. 15, Saint Mary’s Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RA


2. The Questors Theatre – The Questors is thought to be the biggest amateur theatre in Europe and is a wonderful hub for performances, classes, workshops and art exhibitions.  Whether you want to introduce your kids to the theatre or fancy strutting your stuff as Lear or Lady Macbeth, this is a remarkable place to have on your doorstep. Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday 11:30am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm. (All shows start at 7:45pm) 12 Mattock Ln, London W5 5BQ


3. Cafe Magnolia – Over the past decade Polski Skleps and delis have popped up all over London and this cafe is one of the best.  With a range of traditional dishes such as Polish Chicken soup and delicious Pierogies (dumplings) this is great value soul food. Opening Times: Sunday/Monday – Noon – 6pm; Tuesday – Thursday Noon – 10pm; Friday/Saturday 11am – 11pm. 33 High St, London W5 5DB


4. Open Ealing – As well as being a terrific hub for creative performances including theatre, music and spoken, Open Ealing is also a large gallery with a wide range of contributors from excellent emerging artists.  Opening Times: Monday – Friday 3pm – 9:30pm; Saturday 7pm – 10pm. Green Man Lane Cafe, Singapore Road, West Ealing, W13 0EP

Red lion ealing

5. Red Lion Ealing – The UK has hundreds of Red Lion puns dotted around its islands, but we reckon this one is definitely a candidate for king of the boozy jungle.  They’re herby fish fingers are the pinnacle of pub grub sharing platter chic. They also have coal braziers out back in this weather for a coats on and whisky’s on session. Opening Times: 13 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RA


6. Charlotte’s Place – Absolutely the best restaurant in Ealing, Charlotte’s Place is an independent, family-run restaurant with two AA rosettes and a modern, inventive menu.  Best of all for Fruglistas – it’s Monday – Friday lunch menu is two courses for just £20.  That means you can enjoy top-end sophisticated dishes such as Roasted Cornish Scallop, Fish Soup and Gruyere Croute and Roasted Wood Pigeon, Jerusalem Artichoke, Sweet Onion and Mustard without having to re-mortgage your house.  Opening Times: Momday – Saturday Noon – 3pm/6pm – Midnight; Sunday Noon – 11pm. 16 St. Matthew’s Road, Ealing, London, W5 3JT


7. Bearcat Comedy at the Viaduct – The Bearcat has been a legendary comedy institution in Twickenham for three decades.  In the past year it has opened up another venue in Hanwell which attracts some of the biggest names in comedy.  At only a tenner in advance, this is remarkable value to see some of the finest comics around up close and personal. Every Friday at 8pm. 221 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London, W7 3TD


8. Ealing Park Tavern – Relatively newly opened, the Ealing Park Tavern is a big, chunky modern pub full of reliably tasty food and a wide range of beers, some of which are made in its own on-site microbrewery .  Treat yourself to a quick tour of it and then put its excellent produce to the test.  Opening Times: Monday – Wednesday 11am – 11pm; Thursday – Saturday 11am – Midnight; Sunday 11am – 10:30pm. 222, South Ealing Road, Ealing, W5 4RL

bagel and shake

9. Bagel & Shake – You know you’re living in the best city on earth when sweet little Ealing provides you with access to bagels and milkshakes all day, every day.  Possibilities are endless as you can design your own indulgent food and drink. Open 24/7! 5 Drayton Green Rd, London W13 0NG


10. The Aeronaut – So technically this is in Acton, but since it’s also only a 10 minute walk from Ealing Common station we had to include. A transmogrified old pub now has everything you’d expect and more of a 21st century boozer: music, comedy, fine ales, tasty food, table tennis competitions and a custom built burlesque and circus room which let you get the taste of sawdust in your nostrils without worrying about how Nelly the Elelphant is faring between shows.  Instead of watching people tumble out of Wetherspoons in town, head to the Aeronaut to watch trained tumblers and acrobats. Opening Times: Sunday – Wednesday Noon – Midnight; Thursday Noon – 1am; Friday/Saturday Noon – 1:30am. 264 Acton High Street, W3 9BH

classic cinema club

11. Classic Cinema Club – Another Frugl favourite, this discerning collection of cinema connoisseurs mine the vaults of their excellent film collections to introduce you to half-forgotten or never before scene celluloid essentials from Hollywood’s golden era and world cinema. Every Friday at 7:30pm. Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, London W5 2BY

Turtle Bay

12. Turtle Bay – We know it’s part of a small national chain, but we don’t care – the Caribbean food availble at Turtle Bay is too lip-smackingly delicious to ignore.  A huge variety is on offer, including inventive West Indian curries, next to the old favourites of jerk chicken, ribs and sweetcorn fritters.  Opening Times: Sunday – Wednesday 11:30am – 11:30pm; Thursday – Saturday: 11:30am – 12:30am. 16 High street, Ealing, Greater London, W5 5DB

EAling studios

13. Ealing Studios – Ealing Studios is the oldest film studio centre in the world. It occupies a very special place in the history of British cinema and television that ranges from Passport to Pimlico to The Singing Detective. Best known for the post war Ealing Comedies it was also for forty years the home of the BBC Film Unit with the sound stages used for everything from Porridge to Colditz.  It is the only independent British studio developing, financing and producing feature films for international distribution with productions including St. Trinians II and Dorian Gray.  It is regularly opened to the public for tours – a great chance to get up close and personal with part of the nation’s rich celluloid history.  Ealing Green, London, W5 5EP


14. Pitzhanger Manor – This Grade One listed house is Ealing’s stylish historical secret.  Now transformed into a gallery, it is a major cultural venue in West London.  The venue comprises the house once owned and designed by Sir John Soane (1753-1837), architect and surveyor to the Bank of England, and the adjacent gallery housed in the 1939 extension. The house was partially restored and opened to the public in the 1980s, whilst the gallery opened in 1996 and since then has played host to seven major art, architecture and design exhibitions annually, showing works by UK and international artists.  Opening Times: Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm; Saturday 11am – 5pm Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London W5 5EQ


15. Maggie’s – Part of the excellent Food and Fuel family of pubs, Maggie’s provides a modern British twist on the classic American diner.  There are a wide range of inventive burgers on its menu, all day breakfasts and ribs aplenty.  We recommend heading down to grab a weekday lunch for £6.50 or popping by on Sunday – Wednesday evenings for their 2 for 1 offer on burgers and then spending the extra cash on one of their fragrant cocktails. Opening Times: Monday – Friday 10am – 11pm; Saturday 9am – 11pm; Sunday 9am – 10:30pm. 39-41 New Broadway, London W5 5AH

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