Friday 13 April, 2012

Tin Cafe – Haggerston


Tin Cafe has shot to the top of my list of favourites. This place is great mainly because of the lady and her friend who run it. It used to be some kind of dog centre and she hasn’t done much with the exterior, deliberately I think. Inside is a collection of mismatched furniture and plants and lots of magazines and books. It’s so cosy and always busy any time of day – a real locals’ favourite, with some of the customers coming in several times a day. The food is nice – good cakes and sandwiches, and the hot chocolate is great. But it’s the hilarious conversations they have that are the true highlight. They chat away in a nook behind the counter thinking they are being discreet and that we can’t hear them – it makes for great customer bonding. I loved the discussion about the chocolate brownie which had shrunk in the oven and apparently didn’t have enough chocolate. “I mean look at that, it looks awful. I brought this, we can dust it on top, it might make it look better and we can call it Swedish Chocolate Cake” (as though if in doubt just make it Swedish). “Oh yes that looks very Swedish.” She gave me a little bit to try to see if they could actually sell it and I have to say it was really good – there aren’t many places that let the customers decide whether something is good enough to sell, ha! I also like how sometimes she parks her bike right in the middle of the cafe and how they both go out for a cigarette seemingly leaving the place completely unattended shouting “bye, have a nice afternoon”.

Tin Cafe, 1 Middleton Road, London, E8 4BL
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