Five East London food places for a Sunday family revive

Sue Whitehead shares some places to take the family for an impromptu Sunday brunch or early lunch.

Go on. The homework and DIY chores will still be there when you get back and parking restrictions often don’t apply on a Sunday.

Arch Rivals, Forest Gate
361 Winchelsea Road, Forest Gate E7 OAQ
Sunday hours: 12-4pm
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Been here a few times and the food is consistently good. Relaxed décor under the rail arches with touches of retro. Friendly service and a very good music playlist. The owners are clearly passionate about what they do and we lucky visitors get to enjoy all their efforts. You will return.

Rehab, Well Street
271 Well Street, Hackney E9 6RG
Sunday hours: 10am – 8pm
Describes itself as a ‘medicinal’ vegan café and the food is excellent and all made fresh and in-house. I love the Nacho bowl and the banana pancakes with organic date caramel ice-cream. My teenager has been back since our last visit, on her own, with friends. High praise indeed!

Café Route, Dalston
Unit A Gaumont Tower, Dalston Square E8 3BQ
Sunday hours: 8am – 9pm
This Mediterranean gem next to the water fountains of Dalston Square is one to check out. I went for a coffee and pastry on my way to a meeting and plan to return to try its lunch menu. Extensive breakfast choices cater for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Lunch menu looks fantastic too – 3 salads for £9.50 or four for £10.45 along with a selection of main meals (vegetarian and non-vegetarian) and meat burgers. Remember towels if taking little ones who will doubtless want to play in the water fountains in the car-free square it overlooks.

The Bach, Broadway Market
12 Broadway Market, London Fields E8 4QJ
Sunday hours: 8am – 5pm
Great range of smoothies and juices to ensure you get your 5 a day. Tried the Freddie Vegetarian Special breakfast though found myself eyeing my neighbour’s French Toast. Relaxed vibe, dog-friendly. Check out the nearby Artwords bookshop for a good Sunday read to take home.

The Albion, Shoreditch
2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch E2 7DD
Sunday hours: 8am – 10pm
The Whitehead ‘fam’ liked the food, décor and location and have asked to go again. Selection of the healthy (salads for lunch or quiona for breakfast) and the not-so-healthy (burgers, pies and fish and chips). Outside tables in summer, cosy in winter.