Provender
Provender

Provender

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.provenderlondon.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02085303050
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Max Renzland
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Chef's Table, dogs permitted, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

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  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Wanstead High Street is located conveniently between Wanstead and Snaresbrook tube stations.
A word from Provender
Provender is a French Bourgeois Bistro, offering the simplest ingredients to best effect.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasions
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Provender reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since 1 November 2013
Average Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambience4.2
    Value4
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (99)fit for foodies (92)sunday lunch (67)romance (60)brunch (54)group bookings (44)business meals (37)child friendly (34)outstanding value (32)outdoor eating (29)good vegetarian options (21)disabled access (16)afternoon tea (8)pre/post theatre (4)Show More
  • Wonderful
    kital204
    Dined on 21/10/2014
    Had a wonderful experience at Provender. Staff were very friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious. We had the 3 course set menu and each course was great. Atmosphere was good.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always our first choice.
    Feeedus
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Always our first choice of local restaurants. Good food. Friendly staff. Great breakfasts as well as dinner .
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice staff, but not much else
    raulinho
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Unfortunately this is a restaurant that wants to fit you in, next to as many people as possible, when there are free tables elsewhere. Food was poor quality, and over priced. Friendliness of staff was the only real pro here.
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  • Return visit to Provender
    KAwasKP
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    I like to come back to this restaurant every few months as have always been happy with the food and the service. The meal was lovely - all in our party were happy with virtually everything. One tiny thing was that we shared some appetizers and the garlic bread was really overdone - too hard and couldn't really taste the garlic as a result of having to chew so much! I would like to particularly mention my dessert - the meringue noisette with Armagnac prunes. It was fantastic!! Service was good if a little overzealous - could have done with being just a little more laid back. Overall - will of course return
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Generally Good
    blend69
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    Was more than adequate, but the only problem was that the food was cool when it was delivered, I got the impression it had been hanging around waiting to be brought out of the kitchen.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Set Menu such good Value
    Westy
    Dined on 13/10/2014
    A rainy Monday night but Provender was still seeing a steady turnover of customers
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    outstanding value
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  • pep15
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    A most enjoyable meal as usual. Advise booking as they get very busy and often have to turn away those with no reservation.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Not bad at all
    rabelais
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The setting and ambience are good, and the friendly French proprietor is an asset. The food was quite OK, but not outstanding. The wine was French only, which I think is too restrictive. Service was good, and we appreciated the speed of arrival of the taxi. On the whole not a particularly memorable visit. I had the escargots, which were covered in a kind of green gunk, which I did not really appreciate. Trying hard to think of something else to say, to add up to the number of characters remaining. The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plains, they say, Always use the cutlery from the outside to the inside. Go from the known to the unknown. Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in
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  • Another excellent meal
    Beth
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Good food, great wine, excellent service. What more can one ask for from this upscale neighbourhood French place. Now that it's been mentioned in the Guardian magazine, I'm sure tables will be even harder to get!
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Shame about the music
    Dinerdiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A lovely late Sunday lunch to celebrate a birthday was marred by the too loud music. A member of our party is hard of hearing and we asked politely and quietly if the music could be turned down to enable him to participate fully in the occasion. The request was met with an equally polite response - and then ignored. It is very embarrassing for a person who is hard of hearing to have to ask the waiter to keep repeating himself. As regular visitors to The Dordogne area of France, where music in restaurants is almost unheard (excuse the pun) of, was disappointing to find a French restaurant in London thinking it is a disco. Background music is fine, but please not so loud you have to shout to have a conversation. Great service/food.
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  • I love Provendor
    beatboybilly
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    Fantastic menu - you can't go wrong with anything you choose... and they offer the best burger in London!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Provender
    sprkr
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    The prawns were OK, the mayonnaise excellent. The rabbit was very tender; falling off the bone, with pleasant sauce
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good set menu
    Consumit
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    A fantastic restaurant. Even though much of the menu is not allowed for me and my family because we are Muslim and the meat is (presumably) not halal, there are enough vegetarian and seafood options to choose from. The set menu 'prix fixe' is very good value. I love the colouring booklets given to the children, and that there are some board games available. Food is great. My only complaint is that perhaps there could have been more variety in the kids' menu (mine could only have fish and chips, which was fine for them) but to be honest I don't mind ordering from the main menu for them if I have to.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunny pavement days!
    Min88
    Dined on 22/9/2014
    We were lucky to habe one of those golden autumn days and sat outside to have the lunch prix fixe menu. Although the outdoor seating is on the main huigh street, the noise of traffic is not overwhelming and we could all have an easy conversation together. There were 5 of us, all choosing different dishes from the menu so we tried most of the options on this menu. Everyone liked what they chose. I had moules and frites which were excellent, after the smoked prawns. All the desserts were tasty- my sister had the passion fruit panna cotta which probably was the best choice. Great service and friendly helpful staff make this an excellent venue, certainly at lunchtime.
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    brunch, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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  • Little Suprise
    davez
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Friends had recommended this French restaurant and was not disappointed - it's small, cozy and modern and you feel there is pride in the restaurant. The quality of the food is good and I would definitely be going back again. Nice to also support a local business which offers good service and food and prides themselves in running the place.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Polly
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Took my friend to Provender on Saturday - first time for her - though I am a frequent visitor. The staff at Provender are excellent - both friendly and attentive. The food there continues to be of an excellent standard and the prices are good. I have never been disappointed in any of my visits to Provender and would highly recommend. My friend was very impressed with level of service and food. Provender is a real asset to Wanstead High Street.
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    child friendly, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Jane
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This was my second visit and whilst I enjoyed the food, it wasn't quite as good as first time around though I would still go again. One of the party had the snails and was disappointed they didn't come in their shells but mostly in masses of parsley sauce with no garlic. Apart from that the food, the food was good. Unfortunately, there was a really noisey table which made it difficult to have a conversation. I would go again but one of the party wouldn't which makes it a bit disappointing.
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    romance, special occasions
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  • Very good lunch
    GirlsTea
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have been here 3 times before and the food on this 4th occasion was as good as usual. Service always very friendly and efficient.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • A real treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Found this little gem on top table. We booked it for a friends birthday. The service was great. Really friendly attentive staff. Food matched the great service. Between use we tried the snails, prawns, sea bass and the selection of meat starters. These were enjoyed by all. A recommended restaurant choice.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birobland
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Very interesting french cuisine at very reasonable prices. Waiters engaging.
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    outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meal out
    Isabel
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    From the moment we arrived the staff could not have been more solicitous, even giving us a choice of table as I had requested online not to be near a draught because I was with my mother. Delicious aperitif of kir crémant and radishes, followed by the tagine of cod for me and rabbit for my mum who is not one to lavish praise on restaurants. Too full for pudding and driving so no wine but great value at £60. She said it was the best meal out she had had in years and we will both be returning, she for lunch with friends and I for dinner or Sunday lunch with the family. Thank you, Provender.
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  • Excellent
    Beth
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Really enjoyed our meal. Service was great, food wonderful as always and good, reasonably priced wine list. Will definitely return,.
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  • Great Local Restaurant
    Mag1
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    As regular visitors to Provender we always have a great time and this visit was no exception. Choice and quality of food is excellent, as is the choice of wines.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4paws
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    dinner was not up to the usual standard, and the new menu is not very good
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    romance
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  • Jane
    Jane
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Having searched for somewhere to eat specifically in Wanstead via Opentable, Provender. I went there before when it was Seasons. The menu is quite different but the quality of the food was good. The desserts were especially, and I'm not a dessert girl normally. The wine was very nice and not over the top. The service was good though a little over attentive for my liking. However, I would definitely go there again for a treat or just a night out as it works well for both. If I could give it an extra half a star, I would!
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    brunch, business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Celebration GCSE Dinner
    Westy
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We had a lovely family dinner to celebrate th relief of GCSE results. Three of us plumped for the set price menu which is extraordinarily good value and helped us decide to choose a more expensive wine to go with it! Great food , service and ambience. Thank you
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    brunch, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant birthday meal
    Maddiner
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Had a great birthday meal here on a Friday evening. Loads of choice on the menu, and all the food was excellent quality. The staff couldn't have been more welcoming or professional. Can't wait to go back!
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best restaurant in my locality!
    Cadix
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    My partner and I are regular diners at Provender and we always have a fabulous time there. The menu provides a good range of options, from classic French dishes to more innovative British and French fusion combinations. For starters, I always have the escargot served in the traditional garlic butter and herb dressing. The rabbit and mussels/moules are also favourite mains. My partner often selects one of the classic salads - like the Lyonnais, or the Nordique - and then, more often than not, opts for a fish main course...which is always excellent! This restaurant comes highly recommended for beautifully cooked food, great wine choices and friendly service. Quite simply, Provender is the best restaurant in Wanstead!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • AMAZING LOCAL FIND
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Delicious find, amazing food, great value. Special but not fussy. A perfect bistro.
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  • Good Saturday Night Treat
    Mogtours
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food is good, authentic, French cuisine - the staff are friendly and efficient. All in all, a good place for an evening out.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Dinner just want we wanted
    lllll
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We could only get booked in early on a Saturday evening at late notice, but did not have a problem with that. Sat inside, even though doors we could have sat outside. Staff were attentive, service was good and food was lovely as always. We had Duck and Liver, both cooked nicely. Shared a huge dessert and a carafe of white. Left happy and full, will return soon.
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    child friendly, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Relaxed but special
    SimonB
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Fantastic food at a very reasonable price and all served in a relaxed and unpretentious environment. I highly recommend this restaurant, even if it means getting a table will be harder in the future. I will definitely be back :)
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Consistently excellent!
    SLSP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Always very good at Provender. Good food, great service. Glad to see a summer menu.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • Two family group
    Westy
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Lovely warm evening. Great service and with the set menu excellent value
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night
    gezzer
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    I went to Provender with my partner, after we were shown the table we were left there wondering if we would ever get a drink. The food was average,the starter was the best course we both had Salmon for the main course i had the burger and she had the monk fish. we both agreed that the food was just pub grub but more expensive. The wine we ordered was a Chablis which we both drink all the time, the bottle cost £36 pounds and was not that good. That was the first and last time i will go to Provener.
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  • Fantastic again!
    LollyB
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    Perfect evening. Max and Christophe had the girls in charge of running the restaurant on Friday and it was one of the best service experiences we have had-just the right amount of attention at just the right times (no mean feat -it shows the staff are always aware of what's going on at each table, without their being intrusive in any way). Sometimes in busy restaurants, staff can be distracted and i often end up worrying whether i am going to get the right order. Despite the fact it was busy in Provender, the staff were completely calm and focused, which made me feel more relaxed. And the food? Yum! Absolutely everything we had was really well cooked and deliciously flavoursome. Great to have this wonderful restaurant on our doorstep.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Another good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Been here a few times and always a good meal. Packed this time but still good food and service
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  • First visit & very impressed!
    BusinessDiner
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    A very enjoyable and tasty meal. Great selection of classic French dishes on the menu and very pleasant ambience inside the restaurant. I also want to try one of their breakfasts and sit outside during the summer. I will be bringing my family and friends for dinner again soon!
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Group Dinner
    Westy
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    We were celebrating a friend's special birthday and so we were a party of 8 on a busy Thursday evening. Despite this, we were very well looked after and service was smooth and efficient. Most of us took advantage of the set price menu which is excellent value
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    brunch, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • AnnaK
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    Good, well cooked food and extremely helpful and accommodating staff with a knowledgable hands on owner. Consistently good every time I've been.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.