Hot chocolate with Zara L! I was given the option of going to somewhere for regular hot chocolate or a thick hot chocolate. Italian hot chocolate very time!
What I loved about it:
-When the lovely italian girl found out we were sharing our croissant, she chose the biggest, fluffiest croissant for us to share. It was GIGANTIC!
-Hot chocolate were served in this gigantic bowl and we could dip our croissant in it.
-Literally everything in the shop was for sale- from cutesy prints to vintage tea sets at around £40 a set.
-We were the last girls there so they gave us free muffins when we left. LOVE!
What was not as loveable- hot chocolate was not very thick nor chocolatey. Not nearly as good as my awesome one from Said or the ones from Carluccios.
Go cutsy Crouch End!
Cute cafe in Crouch End adorned with bunting & cakes. Came here for a coffee date with friends. I had the Italian hot chocolate- and it was lovely. It was nice to have real hot chocolate that was not made from powder & water. This hot chocolate tasted like something you actually would get from Italy- very rich and creamy. They serve the coffees & hot chocolates in big bowl like mugs- slightly awkward to drink out of at first but you get used to it. Definitely value for money. One friend had the latte which he really enjoyed and the other & the "Glastonbury Juice"- he said was quite bitter. Service could have been a bit more friendly here. If I came here again- I would choose the Italian Hot Chocolate as was my favourite!
You have to love the Haberdashery. They proudly have a chalk board sign outside stating that 'unattended children will be given espresso and free kittens'. The owners have made such a lovely effort to be child friendly and you can't complain when random toddlers creep up behind you and start staring at your food, or your hungover brunch is interrupted by screaming kids. You know you are clearly getting into yummy mummy Crouch End territory zone when you go in.
Busy on a Sunday, but we managed to get a table really quickly. The staff are lovely and accommodating, The decor is twee, cute and pretty. They do lots of delicious brunch fayre, but the best thing of all is they serve Viennese thick hot chocolate served in huge bowl size mugs. It's like having hot chocolate soup.
The Haberdashery also serves as a bit of a community hub. They have lots of fliers for local events pinned up on the walls, a drinks license, and run 'Barboot' craft sale once a month on Friday. The owners have even created a 'Crouch End' charity calender to raise money for the local community in the London riots aftermath. How could you fail not to love them?
Had brunch with my boyfriend here over Easter weekend. We both really enjoyed it. This place also makes for good people watching--if you sit facing the outside, tourists will stop and stare at the cakes sitting in the window.
When we were there the place was nearly full and seating is densely packed, but table turnover seems quick enough so we didn't have to wait. Clientèle seems to consist of young couples and yummy mummies.
I had the Eggs Benedict with Salmon. When I first saw the Eggs Benedict I was a little disappointed because there was a lot of empty space on my plate, but this was also a tall dish so it ended up being really tasty and filling. Boyfriend had veggie breakfast (includes spinach, mushrooms & halloumi cheese). He liked his food and wished this place was nearer to where we lived.
If you're in the mood for a boozy brunch, they also have beer, wine, and cocktails including bloody marys.
Great place on Middle Lane, just south of the clock tower in CE. The home baked goods are the best I've had in the area, inventive recipes and daily changing menu of muffins, brownies, sponge cakes etc.
The hot food is very good, the veggie breakfast is excellent (good quality ingredients and portions) the coffee is very good (but possibly the most expensive coffee in the area also).
Great place, try it.
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