I love the inbetweeny days between Christmas and the new year… It’s my favourite time for holing up in cafes with my favourites (people AND jumpers) and indulging in long leisurely breakfasts, brunches and mugs of steaming coffee…
One of my favourite haunts, which I haven’t yet written about, is my local – Blighty Coffee. Chris, the founder of the cafe, wanted to recreate the style and character of coffee houses of times gone by.
During the early 20th century most of London’s ‘coffee houses’ were independent businesses serving black, brewed coffee as opposed to the milky espresso based drinks that are popular today. Coffee houses became community hubs full of interesting characters from all corners of society enjoying their daily social stimulant.
Politics, music and the news of the day were all consumed over a strong cup of brewed black coffee and Blighty Coffee welcomes you to enjoy a coffee, read the paper, play the piano or relax in their very large garden. In their air raid shelter. Uh huh.
It’s a proper community hub of a cafe, with people popping in to play Ludo, read the papers, put the world to rights or just to sit quietly and enjoy the feeling of being welcomed and part of something wonderful.
The food is always fresh, delicious and generous, the coffee is spot on and there are a plethora of events at the cafe every week, including live music, life drawing and yoga…
Blighty Coffee uses locally sourced ingredients with the aim of to creating fresh food daily on site. Their suppliers include Savage Salads, Annas banana bread and Charlies soups. They also use organic vegetables supplied by Crop Drop – a brilliant initiative to encourage people to buy their veg locally and ethically.
They are always looking for new local suppliers, so do get in touch with them if you have an idea up your sleeve…
Blighty Coffee is a total gem on Blackstock Road, serving top notch soups, salads, sandwiches and locally baked cakes, as well as offering an extensive egg menu, which leaves me dribbling every time.
So next time you fancy a game of Backgammon, a tinkle on the piano, a blast from the post-war past or just a really good cup of coffee, head to Blighty Coffee and tick all of them boxes.
And the egg box. Don’t be forgetting them eggs.
35-37 Blackstock Road, N4 2JF
This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)