Swiftly making themselves at home in their new location in Tottenham, we headed to Craving to sample the new brunch menu and boy was it good.
Matt (a proud ex-Climpson!) and Rachel started Craving back in 2014 as a humble coffee cart at Harringay and Tottenham Green Village Markets. They soon opened a permanent space and have been a hub of great coffee, food, cocktails, hospitality and community events ever since. The team spent lockdown re-working their food offering with a focus on South-East Asian flavours inspired by Matt’s Singaporean heritage and head-chef Louis’ passion for Asian cooking.
We sampled the banh mi char siu pork served up with zingy pickled daikon and all the trimmings in a big chewy ciabatta and it was hella tasty. They do a vegan hoisin jackfruit number as well, but next time we’ll be trying their tamago ramen. And maybe a cocktail. Craving are open for takeaway and dine-in with their generous outdoor seating Thursday until Monday from 10am through to 4pm with a special Friday night service on until 11pm. Drinks all round.
A stroll further south leads us to Woodberry Blooms in Manor House.
This florist come coffee shop is a non-profit business with all the proceeds going to the Manor House Development trust, who run the Redmond Community Centre just around the corner from the shop and provide community services like employment support and vocational training.
We picked up a very nice filter coffee to sip in nearby Woodberry Wetlands and a bunch of dried forever flowers to bring a dose of colourful spring sunshine to the WFH set up.
Step count is on the up as we make our way into beautiful Stoke Newington for a pit-stop at Stokey’s Deli.
This cute corner shop is loaded up with everything you need for a picnic in the park. Cheeses, natural wines and little treats all round. We pick up a bag of Climpson’s Estate to brew at home. The shelf is loaded up and the team are ready to recommend the best beans for you.
Oh we are so happy Lardo is back on their sunny terrace. Old friends of Climpson’s and our London Fields neighbours we’re big fans of everything they do.
The team have headed to Daterra Estate in Brazil with us to see The Baron growing first hand as well as contributing a banging recipe for our Brunch at Home project back in lockdown 1.0.
They’ve now got more outdoor seating and are serving up all their signature small plates, pastas and pizzas for al fresco dining perfection. They’re fully booked for the day (... little hint, get yourself a table booked in ASAP) so we pick up a pizza-to go and head over to London Fields to soak up the sunny rays. Couldn’t eat a pizza without sipping our first aperol spritz of the season.
MG are an absolute East London institution for their colourful meringue-based creations. Their bakery in Broadway Market mews is a hub for their foodie masterclasses and opens it’s doors every Saturday to pick up a slice.
We got their just in time to catch the last piece of their outrageous tiramisu meringue pie, made with our very own Broadway Blend. We love seeing our wholesale partners get creative with our coffee and make things we could never dream of. Example being this 15cm high meringue masterpiece. Still drooling.
Brat at Climpson’s Arch
We arrive at Climpson’s Arch and the first brunch service back for Brat is in full swing. Tomos Parry began his coveted career as head chef at Climpsons Arch back in 2013, where he won the British Young Foodie Award before he wont on to open Brat in 2018 swiftly acquiring their first michelin star in the same year. Now he’s brought the team back to take residency in the yard once again.
Propping up the bar we soak up the Climpson’s Arch atmosphere. The buzz of Hackney locals enjoying their first meal out in quite some time was infectious. Chef’s stoked the wood fired grill and generous plates loaded up with whole turbot and smoked potatoes flew from the outdoor kitchen. We had a little nostalgic moment for all the parties that place has seen. It’s great to see it full of life and serving up truly stand-out food and hospitality.
One last item to finish off our drinking and dining tour had to be a round of Espresso Martini’s on tap. Our small batch production is kegged and infused with nitrogen before being poured through the busy taps of the Arch. The day starts to slowly fade into night and after a few thousand steps, a few too many coffees (... 4 and counting at this point) and some real treats from the menu we’re just about ready to sign off.
It’s been a delight to swing by and see our coffee lovingly made and enjoyed through such varied businesses and environments across the city. We love seeing all the care and attention you lot put into pouring the perfect espresso or brewing the best filter - as well as all the social initiatives, menu creativity and stand out hospitality our coffee is served alongside. We couldn’t be prouder to work with you all.