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: Riley, Crouch End

Back into Crouch End and another great place – this time an ice-cream café. I heard from a good source that there are over 30 places in Crouch End in which you can get a coffee. That’s a lot for a population of just over 12,000 people. So cafes are having to look at some…

Review: Beam Cafe, Crouch End

The most recent addition to Crouch End’s nearly saturated café scene is Beam. Housed in the former Blockbuster Video store, this is probably the biggest café in the area – though that doesn’t mean it’s not heaving come lunch time. It’s a family run establishment and is just one of a number of new additions to…

Review: My Kind of Coffee, Crouch End

About And we’re back to Crouch End. As you can probably tell, this is my local area. About two years ago the high street had a bit of a café boom with a number of new places opening in a very short period of time. Among these was My Kind of Coffee, which has its…

Review: Hot Pepper Jelly Cafe, Crouch End

About Hot Pepper Jelly was one of the original Crouch End cafes. Since it opened many years ago, a number of competitors have arisen and it’s taken some serious community support to keep this great little place going. Today, it seems to be thriving, mainly due to its quirky menu, a lot of which based…

Review: The Haberdashery, Crouch End

About While it’s only been in Crouch End for a few years, The Haberdashery has the feel of somewhere that’s always been around. And in that short time it has won numerous awards including Best Coffee Shop in London at the London Lifestyle Awards. It’s somewhere I’ve been going to since it opened and I’ve…

Review: Coffee Circus, Crouch End

About Coffee Circus started off life as a wagon in Camden Market and opened its first shop in Crouch End a few years ago. Since then, it has gone on to be one of the most popular cafes in a very crowded market place. It’s ‘circus’ theme is very much in the background (don’t expect…