30 July 2014

The Counter Café

7 Roach Road, London E3 2PA

£17.00 Cafes Bow, Bromley-by-Bow
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  • Wine: £12.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 7.30am-5pm (Sat-Sun 9am- )

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The Counter Café’s aesthetic (Antipodean caff, by way of a Berlin squat) is pure Hackney Wick: artsy, dishevelled & unselfconsciously cool. Vintage cinema seats, raw brick walls & felt-tipped murals inside, graffiti & a scuzzy, sunny yard outside – it appeals to one’s inner student. Fittingly, you’ll get a good lunch here at student prices; charging £5 for a pie (chicken & leek or that Kiwi classic, mince & cheese, all made in-house) is a great offer. Brunch, the Counter big breakfast, a salmon & cream cheese bagel or Mumbai spicy scramble, plus a good cup of Square Mile coffee, won’t tip your bill too far over a tenner. The location is off the beaten track, but if you’re visiting Stour Space, exploring Victoria Park or the canal, then make it your mission to come here. The Counter’s nearby sister, Container Café, offers great views of the Olympic Park.

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  1. London has plenty of bohemian, stripped back cafe concepts and Counter Cafe in Hackney Wick is another one of these, with its wooden slightly shoddy furniture and trendy creative types working away on Macs. Marooned within a rough looking art studio (Stour Space) it’s an absolute bugger to get to, so if you’re anywhere else other than Hackney in London you might well end up settling for somewhere else. Still, it’s also rather scrumptious, so despite my slightly irritating journey there and craving for something more aesthetically elegant I soon settle down into a creamy flat white and supremely satisfying vegetarian breakfast. I have to queue for a bit to get in on a Sunday lunchtime but the staff are utterly effervescent, singing and dancing as if Saturday night never happened. It’s somewhat infectious because I’m warming to the bald decor...
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  2. This was my second time visiting Counter Café, the first time I stumbled across them by accident. It was conveniently located near the hairdressers I visited on a cold winter, just when the Olympics stadium was being built...
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