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  • 50-52 Brushfield St
    Spitalfields

    London E1 6AG
    Aldgate
  • Transit information Central Circle District Hammersmith & City Metropolitan Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7247 4110
  • Business website theenglishrestaurant.com
  • “My cafe gourmand dessert was good - the only criticism being that the portions were enormous.” in 3 reviews

    Good For: Dessert

  • “The pretty interior and mismatched furniture lends a cosy and relaxing feel to this coffee shop.” in 5 reviews

  • “The interior has an otherworldly feel about it, with it's wooden chairs and counter.” in 3 reviews

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/4/2011

    best. cappuccino.ever. (so far.)
    creamy, perfect taste, perfect temperature (wtf? That's my boyfriend's argument)...

    that's what strikes most in the end after a brunch, lunch and tea there.

    The food is fresh and tasty as well
    For brunch we had the greatly executed benedictine eggs: tasty  bun & nice cured ham.
    For tea time they have a good £5 deal with delicious homemade scones that come warm when served (with clotted cream and jam of course) with a hot beverage (go with the cappuccinoooo)

    Only faux-pas is the chocolate "pancakes", which are like french crepes (we were warned when wo ordered)  but not great ones...

    Setting is great as well, dark wood everywhere, makes the place feel old school.

    Love this place. Cappuccino.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/4/2014

    I give this 4 stars and I haven't even tried to food yet.

    I've been once but definitely plan to come back. I just immediately fell in love with the place because of the bar. Coming from mainland Europe, it's been hard to find a bar that's no busy pub, expensive posh place or loud dark place where you can't have a proper conversation.

    Stumbling upon The English Restaurant by coincidence, I felt I found what I had been looking for: a small bar area with some good Belgian beers, where people were just occupying the few tables AND I read they have live music in the evening. It was very basic, but intimate, and especially for a Friday evening after work: relaxing for a drink.

    I barely hang out in hipster Shoreditch but I do plan to come back to this bar and maybe try to food next time!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/4/2014
    3 check-ins here

    So I've been here a couple of times and I always come away with the same thoughts in my mind.

    The food is superb,  I've tried a few different bits off the menu now, and whether it's from he sea or whether it's from a field it's cooked beautifully.

    The staff there are always very pleasant and happy, though sometimes due to the layout of the place if you're round the corner at the back you may find yourself unable to get the immediate attention of someone.

    The sticking point I seem to hit though is it does  feel expensive.
    Starters are round the £10 mark, Mains are £15-20 'before' you request the addition of sides such as potatoes or vegetables which are about 4.50-6.50 per side (if you were having multiple sides though then it would certainly be sharing them).

    This establishment of foodie delights is most definitely a joy to enjoy, and it's probably the northern boy in me, or more specifically my northern salary that means I wouldn't be able to make this a regular thing

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/10/2013

    I love love love the english restaurant....is that enough love.

    This building has been here forever. Much of the inside is re-purposed wood, items, and furniture. I believe the booths were made from  pews from a near by church that burnt down....very cool.

    I loved their breakfast items but I really loved their Banana bread pudding. Warm, soft, buttery, and full of rich flavor. Great for a cold day.

    It is worth the trip from the west side just to come into this amazing space.

    Definitely check this place out!!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/2/2014

    Impressive French dishes, and fairly priced as well. We dropped in on the off-chance and were given the last table in the house. The service was friendly but at times a bit slow, but that shouldn't detract from the quality of the food. In my case I started with a delicious beef carpaccio which I was loathed to share! For my main I went for rabbit with dumplings, a very tasty plate of food, fresh flavours and very generous. The wine list is impressive with a range of options in the early £20 bracket, and advice on hand to advise a great Chenin from the Loire. My cafe gourmand dessert was good - the only criticism being that the portions were enormous. The espresso was exceptional. The bill? £98 for two including service so not inexpensive but definitely worth it.

  • 3.0 star rating
    29/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    Food was very nice but the whole experience was ruined by a very off putting manager! No personality and almost rude! I tried to engage in friendly conversation while seated at the bar and it was clear that have a chat was not on the menu! Shame because the rest of the staff were very nice.

    • Qype User fefifa…
    • London
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    • 3 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/8/2013

    This
    French pastry shop serves a lot selection of delicious sweets and pastries. A
    lot of breads and cakes to choose from, at very low price Their interior
    design has an otherworldly feel about it, with its wooden chairs, have old tea
    caddies behind the counter that my mumalways ask to have.
    The atmosphere is so very relaxed & amazing!
    The food is really very good. So very tasty!The service is friendly and
    efficient and made sure your needs were taken care of.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/6/2013

    Good food, interesting space (the wood is from Christ Church down the street), the owners live upstairs and you can tell they care about the space.

    Great wine list (the sparkles are the reason I'm there most Fridays) and OK coffee (go to Nude or Norton Folgate instead)

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/7/2010

    After a day of shopping around Sptialfields Market, we were looking for a little pick me up & Market Coffee House fit the bill perfectly

    Friend got a simple Mint Tea but she's super picky about the steeping & they took on her pickiness w/out a hitch - perfectly steeped cuppa

    Belgian Hot Chocolate for me - this was milky, creamy, dark, chocolaty & uber delish w/ unmelted gloops of chocolate in the bottom of the cup.  Score!

    Busy, energetic Pub setting w/ lots of people enjoying coffees, teas & snacks. There were delish offerings of cakes that we were SO tempted to try & were it not for upcoming dinner rezzies, that cake would have been *mine*

    Market Coffee House serves proper pub fare AND offers Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner INCLUDING Afternoon Tea! Woot!! Given we were there on a Sunday, they had a Sunday Roast offering on their Specials Menu ...

    Can't wait to come back!

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/10/2009

    Scene 1: A biting cold Saturday morning in an East London market
    (Laura and Lizzie have been up for far too long, and it's only 9am. Setting up Yelp booth at Spitalfields Market. A burst of red seen against the cold industrial gray. Cardboard boxes strewn about.)

    Laura: Coffee. Immediately. (Mumble, grumble in the form of shouldigogetussome?)
    Lizzie: Yes. You know what I want.
    Laura: Yep. I've never been to Market Coffee House, you?
    Lizzie: Nope. Give it a go

    (Laura briskly walks from Spitalfields Market to Market Coffee House.)

    Scene 2: Market Coffee House, warm brown pub-like interior juxtaposed by shiny silver espresso machine. Fantastically rude, skinny and Shoreditch-stylish barristas fluffing about behind the counter.

    Laura: I'll have a small Americano and a filter coffee
    Barrista: They're the same thing.
    Laura: ...
    Barrista: ...
    Laura: Ok. I'll have two of those...
    Barrista: That'll be £3.20...
    Laura: (Hands over exact change... considers asking for a receipt then thinks twice, worried about the eyes of death that might shoot into her soul...)  Thanks.
    (Walks away in awkward silence)

    Scene 3: Back at the Market

    Laura: Here's your, um, coffee.
    Lizzie: Is it an Americano or filter?
    Laura: Yes.     ... don't worry, it's going to be amazing.
    Lizzie: How do you know?
    Laura: The barristas are assholes... in that "this coffee is going to rock your world" sort of way that only amazing coffee shops can pull off. It was pretty hot.
    Lizzie: The coffee or the barristas?
    Laura: Both.

    (Lizzie and Laura silently sip filtered-Americano-nectar of the Gods and big happy smiles appear in rapid succession.)

    End Scene

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/2/2010
    1 check-in here

    Brrrrr.... Sitting in this coffee house is as cold as the reception you get from its staff. It's a shame as I actually enjoyed the good value for money coffee and the tempting array of treats on the menu.

    Boxes ticked:
    - lots of seating
    - only £1.70 a coffee
    - table service
    - 2 very clean and well kept loos
    - mouthwatering, eye-popping cakes
    - close to great moochy pooching areas (great shops for browsing)
    - tasty coffee

    Boxes left unticked:
    - shiver me timbers it's chilly in here, and the door is closed
    - erm, I'm sorry you are serving me and it's one of life's great tragedy's that I'd like a coffee
    - cash only
    - no wifi

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/1/2011
    1 check-in here

    I simply don't know what to think of this place:

    Bonus Points:

    - I love the interior with all the the dark wood that makes you feel like you've been transported back a few centuries.
    - indeed, I like sitting here, drinking a cup of nice coffee and writing my journal
    - it's also fun to watch the yuppy Shoreditch crowd go in and out

    Not-So-Bonus Points:

    - like Lars L. the food also was rather unimpressive and very unexciting (n fact, if London would only feature their food, I'd support the myth that the British don't know how to cook)
    - like Lizzie G, I was freezing my ass off when I was here last time (I was sitting right by the window and it was super-drafty
    - the dinner-service was attentive at first, but as soon as we'd finished off the dessert, we were waiting for ever for someone to show to up clear off our plates and then to bring us the bill

    So, the final verdict: I think it's a nice place with lots of potential, but for now they leave me wanting more...

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/5/2009

    A coffee shop bathed in wood panels, like a sober version of a victorian pub with luscious cakes and snacks and great coffees with milk so smooth it tastes as though it has been strained through silk.  What's not to like?

    Oh, even better it is right in the heart of Spitalfields so as you enjoy a non tacky Olde Worlde Experience you are somewhere the history isn't some tourist conceit and you are a real part of it.

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/12/2010

    I've always liked this place and stop by for a coffee every time I am near the market.  

    HOWEVER, last week it was biting cold out.  I popped in for a coffee and I noticed the inside clearly divided into a restaurant area and a cafe area.  Has it always been like that?  I went to order a coffee and asked if I could sit at a table, but I was told I could only sit in the "cafe" section, which was full up.  The "restaurant" section was completely empty, not a single diner.  So even though 2/3rds of the place was empty, I had to go back out in the cold, when my whole intention was to get a coffee to have a little sit-down with a book in a cafe I have always enjoyed.  

    I don't know if this is a more recent change or I somehow never noticed, but I was really, really irritated.  I mean, it was like 3 in the afternoon!  Who goes for a sit-down dinner then anyway?  Why would you have 2/3's of your cafe set for dinner and off limits to coffee-and-cake inclined afternoon patrons?  

    I have to give it 3 stars because the coffee is quite good.  I might pass through for a take-away drink in the future, but what a waste of a building as far as seating goes.  I guess it is trying to be more of a restaurant now, but I won't bother going.  The menu looked kind of pricey and the cloth napkins etc. were a big turn-off.  The nice thing about this place was the rustic feel...really destroyed by the linen and rude people.  

    A good case of a business needing to make up it's mind about what it is.  Fine dining establishment or coffee house?

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/12/2008

    I am not a coffee drinker, I never have been and I doubt this will ever change. Even though I worked in a coffee shop for three years and can apparently make quite the cappuccino, I struggle to drink more than a mouthful of the stuff before my face screws up and the gag reflex kicks in. Charming I think you'll agree. In spite of this however, I spent the majority of my university days sitting in coffee shops with friends pretending to study. What was I to do if I was going to fit in? How would I achieve acceptance from the cool kids if I wasn't knocking back espresso's and discussing bean blends? It was during these dark days that I discovered my love for all things tea related.

    The Market Coffee House makes the perfect cup of tea. With upwards of 15 different varieties, this is proper tea as God intended. Firstly the pot arrives, leaves swimming at the bottom. Then the waiter presents you with your strainer and milk and the challenge begins to brew and dilute until you achieve the perfect colour of brown. Delicious!

    Thankfully The Market Coffee House doesn't stop there and offers a great selection of cakes and biscuits to accompany this brew. Sitting at one of the shops mismatched wooden tables felt so homely that I couldn't resist dunking my sophisticated dark chocolate and almond biscuit into the tea. Maybe this wasn't what the maker had intended for this beautiful creation but take it from me, it's a marriage made in heaven. Oh and I hear they make coffee too...

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Great little coffee shop, nice place to hang out and read a book or catch up wit a friend. They do really good coffee and even better gingerbread cake with lemon icing, yummy.
    The interior has an otherworldly feel about it, with it's wooden chairs and counter. They have old tea caddies behind the counter that my grandmother used to have.
    The atmosphere is so very relaxed and the staff are oh so lovely.
    The last time I was here I was sitting beside a couple who wouldn't stop kissing, it was sort of annoying but I guess that makes it a good place to come on a date?! In a way I guess it is the sort of cafe you would imagine being featured in a romantic film, perhaps it has.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/9/2010
    1 check-in here

    I love the atmosphere here, both inside or the coffeehouse and out. Inside is cozy and warm with all the dark wood ad decor. But my favourite is when I get a seat outside of the place. They are hard to come by however, and sometimes you have to wait a bit. But the wait is well worth it. Those tables outside are some prime people watching real estate, let me tell you.

    I'll always love coming here for a tea or coffee. But call me a tea snob, because I'm really not that impressed with their tea selection here. They have a good variety but to be honest, none of them really sound very good. I always end up just getting peppermint.

    Supposedly the coffee house just served market coffee before but just about six months ago started serving dinner. I'll be sure to pop in sometime and try it out.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    Situated in the busy spitalfields area of city workers meets Shoreditch this cute little wooden house serves a good coffee.

    Often I find that coffee chains make very weak coffee and I am usually disappointed. But not here! The coffee is of a good strength and if you ask for a double espresso that's exactly what you get. However you can queue for a while - so do be patient.

    The best thing is you can sit outside, people watch and absorb all the energy of the area. I love ordering crumpets with honey, sitting back and watching the world go by.

    Alternatively inside is like sitting in someone's farmhouse kitchen. Big and small wooden tales, all shared, no table ownership so it feels like family meal time! A must on the weekdays or weekends.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    A friend and myself just randomly discovered this place as we felt like a quick coffee and bite. We have been back frequently ever since.
    It's very small, with long wooden floor boards, and a mish-mash of wooden chairs.

    I love the fact that you can get a simple slice of toast, or a crumpet. Their daily fresh soups with bread and butter are always hearty and the range of cakes from the Artisan bakery are to salivate over.

    Also a very good place to wind down for a cup of coffee or a pot of one of their freshly brewed leaf teas.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/11/2008

    Whenever friends and family visit, they generally come via the Stansted Express. And what better to refresh the weary traveller than a nice pot of tea and a creamy, jammy scone or two? Luckily one of the best cream teas in London can be had here in the heart of Spitalfields, only a skip and a jump away from Liverpool Street station, where the Stansted trains and buses arrive.

    I dock the Market Coffee House a couple of stars for being slightly more expensive than it should be, for employing slightly unfriendly staff and for being too damn popular - I can hardly ever get a table at the first time of asking!

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/11/2008

    This is a brilliant coffee house just on the edge of Spitalfields market. They serve a really great coffee and i love the warm, snug, homely feel the place has with its wooden furniture. It's a perfect place to retreat to after a trek around Spitalfields market.
    The staff here are friendly and heIpful even when it gets busy on a Sunday lunch time. I love relaxing here with an English crumpet and honey watching the world go by.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/2/2009

    One of the few places seemingly untouched by the terrible development of Spitalfields Market. What a contrast to all those chains which have sprung up all around this area! So comforting to be able to slip back into the good old days over a delicious cup of coffee (one of the best cappuccino's I've had in ages - proper creamy froth, not some watery foam which dissolved by the time you make it back to your table).
    My friend and I shared a couple of cakes which looked and tasted as if they were baked by someone's grandmother - just lovely.
    The place is reasonably large and customers are encouraged to share tables.
    I hope the Market Coffee House will still be here for a long time yet.

    • Qype User akeel…
    • London
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    • 114 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/5/2010

    The jam here is amazing! I had a cream tea here and the jam made all the difference - just divine! Nice tea, but I preferred their coffee. The service, though a little slow, was friendly.

    A lovely place to spend an afternoon catching up with friends. The pretty interior and mismatched furniture lends a cosy and relaxing feel to this coffee shop. Charming place.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/5/2010

    Surprisingly not expensive, considering the area and other alternatives!

    Fan of wood, cakes  and coffee, then this is the place for you, lots of small intimate tables all around the cafe. They do serve good coffee, with the usual array of  latte to flat white but they actually make it well unlike so many cafes around the area.

    A much better alternative to other coffee houses around spitalfields, not so good as nude, but I prefer the atmosphere here

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/5/2011

    Was drawn in here at 9pm on a Friday night by live jazz/French cabaret mix music. Interesting interior consisting of rich, deep colours and wood-panelled booths.

    Having tried the house white, we decided to try our luck on a bottle of their Gewürtztraminer from Alsace (~ £30) -- sensational!

    The starter menu felt quite limited if you weren't interested in seafood. The mains menu made up for that with game, fish, pies and decent veggie options on offer. For starter, we ordered the deep-friend oysters to share -- good but the side sauce was a little sweet and a tadge too thick. For main, my friend ordered the venison saddle and I ordered the guinea fowl. The venison was to die for.. melted in your mouth. It would have been even better if the sides were more complementary (they were spinach and wafer thin potato lattices). My main, the guinea fowl was good, but was smothered in a gloopy gravy sauce that just had way too much cornflour in it. We also ordered a side of chip wedges (fabulous!) and dessert (good but not memorable -- literally!)

    The service was generally very good. The only caveat was being interrupted every time our glasses ran dry to be asked whether or not we wanted our wine topped up -- with a bottle sitting at the table, the answer was always going to be yes!

    For one starter, two mains, one dessert and a bottle of wine the bill came to about £110 (including a 12.5% tip). Somewhat pricey for the quality of the food, but we had a good time and would return.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/7/2012
    2 check-ins here

    I really like this place with it's laid back atmosphere, friendly staff and decent food. Yes, The Gun has the crowds, the young female bartenders, and "football" on the telly, the English Restaurant goes the complete opposite with a live jazz band or an acoustic set.  Am I getting older?  I guess so...

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/3/2010
    1 check-in here

    Never a disappointing cup of coffee, always top quality. However, the reception as a customer is less than perfect and the food failed to impress me.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/11/2008
    First to Review

    This is the kind of coffee shop that I want to own. Perfect for an escape from the cold, the traditional and rich interior is unpretentious yet stylish and cool, warm and inviting, with an instantly intellectual and high quality feel. The coffee is served strong and hot in large solid mugs, just as it should be.

    Not the largest of coffee shops and with its fantastic location just next to Spitalfields Market, you are lucky if you can find a seat. But hang around for a table because it is well worth the wait.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008
    Listed in For good coffee

    With it's creaky wooden floorboards, old rickety tables & chairs, Market Coffee House is a comforting place to sit, read and generally hide from the hubbub of Spitalfields.  

    This calming retreat has a great selection of homemade cakes, crumpets, coffee (they even have soya milk) and hot chocolate.  Generally, and predictably, busier during the Sunday Market, you might have to battle to get a seat, but it's worth it.  And if it's cold & raining outside I can't think of a better, more cosy venue to warm up.

    • Qype User ski…
    • London
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    • 138 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/11/2009

    Great coffee house, the lack of music only adds to the atmosphere...the food available is expensive but the coffee isgood value and some of the best I've come across in London, and manys an hour can be whiled-away watchin the world go by.

    • Qype User Marmit…
    • London
    • 77 friends
    • 95 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/7/2008

    I love this little corner coffee house! it's quite similar to Parisian cafes in it's woody interior! The last time I was here I got a coffee and some gingerbread cake with lemon icing on top! £3.50 for the lot which is average for coffee and cake i guess! Nice place to come to read a book or catch up with a friend!

    • Qype User kuj…
    • London
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    • 24 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    A fabulous little place to stop in and have a coffee. The wood interior with a mismatch of wooden tables, chairs and benches gives it cosy feel with plenty of room to find a seat when it's not overly busy. Not a bad drop of coffee either and I would certainly choose this place over the coffee chains in the area.

  • 5.0 star rating
    31/5/2009

    Great place to stop off for a quality cup of the brown stuff after a hot day trudging around London. Old wooden interior makes a pleasant change from the identikit chains that dominate these days.

    • Qype User steph…
    • London
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    • 29 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    3/1/2010

    Good choice of coffee and one of the best carrot cakes in town. Busy - but worth the wait (or fight for the table!)

    • Qype User F_…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 22 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/6/2010

    Excellent place for just a coffee or even a fresh soup or sandwich. Cosy interior with superb coffee (important) it can get really busy at lunchtimes so beware. Good prices for the quality of drink and food. Staff sometimes a little slow, but it's worth the wait.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/9/2009

    What a delightful coffee house, with it's wooden interior, cosy benched corners and space. Certainly a cosy place for to come for a wide range of coffee and cakes. I can imagine it's a bit of a bum fight during mid-week lunch times, a bit of a struggle for a Saturday, but so worth the wait. Service was good and the staff kept on the ball making sure tables are cleared and customers are happy. More of these places please.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/3/2010

    It's nice to get a coffee in a place with proper table service rather than having to queue up at the counter like in the high street chains.
    It was about £2.50 each for a cafetiere; and we got a lovely antique table in atmospheric surroundings.
    The service was pretty slow, and I got the feeling we were lucky to get a table straight away. But this isn't somewhere to come for a quick coffee on the way to work, this is somewhere to sit for ages with a coffee and a friend.

    • Qype User Hannah…
    • London
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    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    5/10/2009

    The best café mocha I've had in London without a doubt. I just adore this pretty, unique coffee place and it's warm, inviting feel.
    The only food I've ever sampled is crumpets with marmite and unfortunately they were so cold by the time they got to my table that the butter sat on top in big un-melted blobs, thus robbing me of the usual drippy goodness one expects from crumpets (hence the missing 5th star).
    However, as I may possibly have contributed to the temperature loss by choosing to sit outside on a less-than-sunny day, I am more than willing to visit again for research purposes and amend my review if necessary. I may even give in to a slice of one of the delicious looking cakes upon the counter if it means I can better advise others - such is my selflessness.

    • Qype User Spital…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 15 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    31/7/2009

    Best coffee in London without a doubt. Lovely relaxed atmosphere in a genuinely old coffee house.

    • Qype User jlyn…
    • Birmingham, West Midlands
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    • 7 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/1/2012

    The best desserts I have ever had. Good but relaxed service by attractive youths, cold beer and much less of a wait for a table than I would have expected given the quality of the food. Will be going back often!

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