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: 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 Gate, Archway

Situated on what has been dubbed ‘Archway Island’ (slap bang in the middle of a fairly major road network), there are a number of small shops, cafes and pubs. The former Archway Tavern has held numerous names over the years, but none really open during the day. Next to these are a couple of cafes –…

Review: The Cardigan Club Cafe, Tufnell Park

Tufnell Park shouldn’t really be as nice as it is. On the stretch of road between the transport hub of Archway and the tourist centre of Camden, the area is no more than about half a mile of businesses along the road side. However, with the Heath not too far and a number of cafes,…

Coffee Stop London Awards

The Coffee Stop London Awards, like my blog, are a new entry to the London coffee scene – a scene that has been growing rapidly over the past few years. And while there have been awards for ‘Best Cafe’ and ‘Best Coffee’ from elsewhere, never has their been an awards ceremony that covered pretty much…