169 Hemingford Road, Islington, London

Sunday - coffeeIn Barnsbury, just off Caledonian Road, lies this cosy café and restaurant. We arrived on a Saturday morning for brunch to find it jam-packed with hungry punters seeking refuge from the autumn rain.

The brunch menu offers a good combination of wholesome and comfort dishes. It includes the typical options of a full-English breakfast, croissants and granola; crowd-pleasers with a twist, such as the brioche French toast with banana and salted caramel sauce; and more unusual morning meals including a raw kale and beetroot salad. They serve cakes, lunch and dinner, too, all in an unpretentious, welcoming setting. You will almost certainly have to wait for a table for brunch, but the staff are incredibly friendly, which I think always helps to make the waiting around a little easier. Sunday - brunch

I had the Welsh rarebit with smoked haddock, bacon and a poached egg. I was skeptical about the inclusion of haddock, but my boyfriend talked me into it, and for once I didn’t have to suffer from food envy! I hadn’t realized until now what a tasty combination cheese, haddock, bacon and egg can be. The portion sizes are generous, the coffee is delicious, and Sunday excels in offering quirky touches, like serving each coffee with a complimentary mini Indian doughnut for one day only. The food and atmosphere here is well worth going out of your way for.


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