Craving Coffee & exploring my neighbourhood

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ur festive decorations have been packed away and Robin and I have been burying our heads back into our laptops, in a sort of limbo; working but not quite 100% back to work, if that makes any sense. I’ve been busy at my laptop putting together a new website for something that Sarah and I have been working on and hope to unveil very soon! After a late night of tweaking and html-ing, I needed a good break from the screen, so we headed out to find a new local cafe that has been stirring a lot of interest in our neighbourhood. I also wanted to test out the camera on my spanking new iPhone!




I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a properly functioning phone again! My old one would freeze, it wouldn’t let me press the letter E and it once rang my mum at 3am for absolutely no reason; in short, my old phone had a massive melt down.

Anyway, Craving Coffee is a new cafe inside Gaunson House, a few streets away from us. It’s part of The Mill C. Project, that allows independent designers, artists and small businesses spaces to operate from. There are loads of warehouses around here, and over the past few years, I’ve noticed a huge number of artists and creatives, having been priced out of Dalston and East London in general, moving further up the road and into the area to take advantage of the lower rent. I see more bearded men with top knots and French bull dogs than I can shake a stick at; which is great. I love French bull dogs 😉




I had a black Americano- I thought it was really smooth, not bitter and as Detective Cooper would say, “that is a DAMN fine cup of coffee!” I ordered Welsh rarebit on toasted sour dough bread and Robin his standard bacon/toast/fried egg combo but this time served with some chorizo. It was a huge slice of toast and I ended up giving it to Robin to finish. It also comes with bacon jam because why not! Veggies, I’m sure you can ask for it without though. Ooh, also Robin was given this little timer to make sure his green tea was perfectly brewed. I thought that was very cool.

The cafe was busy, despite the rain outside, and I noticed it must have been full of regulars as the staff seemed familiar with a lot of people coming up to the counter. I think we are certainly going to be weekend regulars too, and I’m glad that a place like this has opened up close to home.

Afterwards we went for a walk and decided to explore the nooks and crannies of our area we have often overlooked before. We have always had this dream home scenario, of doing up a warehouse or loft, and the road that the cafe was on is full of them.





At the end of the road, we came to the entrance of Markfield Park. I always knew it was somewhere nearby, but had never bothered to check it out. So through the cobbled archway we walked, and came upon another cafe as well as a massive skate park. I feel completely stupid not knowing that this even existed! I turned around to Robin at one point and said that my face was the good kind of cold. Even through the blustery wind and rain, I’m glad we got out and did a little exploring- it’s a good start to the year 🙂

Craving Coffee
Gaunson House,
Markfield Road,
London, N15 4QQ
020 8808 3178

Author: Angela Shek

just a clueless mama in East London

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