Coffee – Counter Albion, Shoreditch, E2.

I decided to have a wander into Shoreditch to see what I could see, I’d heard tell of a gorgeous shop more on that tomorrow and knew that there would be other lovely things to discover.  And as I was padding around I decided to stop for a coffee and not knowing the area decided to take a chance on these doors. cafe 1

Which was a good decision. cafe 3

The espresso was delicious and the home made granola bar was just the right level of stickiness but not too sweet packed full of nuts and seeds – and only 90p!  The perfect amount as a pick me up,  but what I haven’t really explained was the real treasure inside.

When I arrived the bar was full of nuts and seeds and yoghurts and fruits and breads and all sorts of other breakfast goodies, which I didn’t photograph, but when I was leaving they had cleared and replaced all those lovely goodies with lunch. cafe 4

The lunch is based on self service by the plate, ALL of the food is made in their own kitchens, nothing is bought in, their view is healthy, seasonal, balanced. I would have stopped for lunch, it looked delicious. They also made me feel very welcome, there was no rush to hurry me out, I was allowed to be in my own space and ponder my own thoughts without interruption, and they were quite happy to allow me to take a few pics, whilst carefully explaining their ethos and their reward system, which is very generous  – you can’t say fairer than that.

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They have two rooms to choose from, both of which are very cute, with art on the walls to buy, kitchen equipment, their own tiny bookshop and cordials, mixers, pale ales and wines.cafe 6

It was so nice to chance upon the Counter Albion,  one just never knows what goes on behind closed doors. cafe 2

Then I found the bigger doors on the way out, so if you come from another direction this is what you need to look for.  Try it, it was just lovely.

 

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