Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Published May 3rd 2019
Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is synonymous with several things after playing a huge role in staging the 2012 Olympic Games, but tucked away almost unseen sits the Timber Lodge Cafe, a cosy little relaxing space offering food and drink in the north of the park.
Open Monday-Sunday 9-5, this cafe offers the perfect pit stop for those running, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading or simply strolling the twisting lanes of the park on a sunny afternoon. Moreover, the hugely entertaining Tumbling Bay Playground is nestled neatly next door, providing an enormous adventure space for the kids to discover new and exciting ways to thrill themselves.
The cafe disguises itself cleverly in the natural landscape of the park and allows customers to make the important decision of sitting inside in the shade or soaking up the rays in the outdoor terrace. The building itself adopts a classy look, but more importantly enjoys the perfect location, situated halfway around the Olympic trail.
There's endless space for the kids to run about in
With a wide range of breakfasts available, from crunchy granola to tasty porridge, plus sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and hot dishes, it's the ideal venue to pop in for a quick and healthy bite. The fresh food is also, of course, accompanied by tea, coffee, hot chocolate and deliciously designed desserts on the menu, with vegetarian and gluten-free dishes also available.
With the London 2012 Olympic Rings in the distance, the Timber Lodge Cafe is unsurprisingly busy in the Stratford sun, so make sure you come down early enough in the day or find a quiet stretch in the evening in order to enjoy a lovely, casual meal or snack among the array of pleasant sights, sounds and smells around you.