Read my new short story inspired by London cafe scene

I’ve written a short story inspired by my time reviewing the many and varied cafes of London. It’s called The Family Plumb Cafe. The story centres around Molly, who wants nothing more than to work in one of these cafes. When she finds her perfect job in the Family Plumb Cafe, she couldn’t be happier.…

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Review: Kin Cafe, Fitzrovia

Looking like a high-end Japanese restaurant, Kin is actually a pretty cool café based on Foley Street just down from another excellent café, The Attendant. This area has a number of cool eateries with lots of al fresco seating. Coffee – 5/5 Great coffee at a decent price. Lovely deep flavours and a smooth foam.…

Review: Coffee Establishment, Fitzrovia

Despite its name and sign out front, this hasn’t been around since 1986 but is, in fact, a fairly recent addition to the Cleveland Street strip of eateries and cafes. On first inspection, all signs point to it being another modern, wood and white wall cafe. But does it live up to first impressions? Coffee…

Review: Brazilian Gourmet, Fitzrovia

Brazilian and gourmet aren’t two words that you’d normally expected together, and this cafe, despite its name isn’t what I’d normally associate with gourmet. Located on Cleveland Street near a host of other similar sized eateries, it’s has a much more rustic, street food vibe, than high-end gourmet cuisine. Coffee – 2/5 Despite Brazil being…

Review: Artisan, Putney

Named as the best coffee shop for cakes, Artisan’s Putney branch had a lot to live up to after I’d made the long journey from north London.  Artisan is one of the coffee shops that takes its craft very seriously with the website proclaiming that each barista treats “each cup like a fine chef does…

Review: Flat White, Soho

One of the first of the ‘third wave’ coffee shops (they’re not cafes, you know) in London, this antipodean venue is a Soho favourite and inspiration for many imitators. Opened in 2005, it fast became a hub for Australians and New Zealanders. These days, you can still here the odd twang of an accent from…

Review: Reynolds, Fitzrovia

I’m from up north where we do large portions, so I was a little wary of Reynolds, which describes itself as a small-portion cafe with a grazing menu. I like to graze and pick, but I’m also aware that many places use this to charge more for less. Which way would Reynolds go? With a…

Review: The Attendant, Fitzrovia

These days you have to do something pretty different to stand out in London’s crowded cafe market, so it’s no surprise to find coffee shops popping up in unusual locations. For example, The Attendant has been cunningly fitted into the shell of a Victorian gents’ toilet just off Great Titchfield Street. Using the old urinals…

Review: The Coffee Jar, Camden

Camden’s Parkway road is the link between the lush greenery and wealth of Regent’s Park and the grit and grime of Camden. At one end of the road is the high end York & Albany while at the other are the Italian restaurants that have been around for decades. Along its stretch is everything from…