Prufrock Coffee

23-25 Leather Lane , London, EC1N 7TE

SquareMeal Review of Prufrock Coffee

The guys at Prufrock Coffee certainly take their craft seriously – the owners are a mixture of award-winning baristas and coffee-diploma teachers, while staff are mostly keen types with artistic side-lines. They wear their combined expertise lightly, serving excellent blends of exquisitely made coffee without attitude, and sharing their knowledge of everything from brewing the perfect cup to nailing latte art on their blog. The café itself is pleasing on the eye, from its white plaster walls, bare brick and hefty wooden tables to vintage coffee paraphernalia and dragonflies sketched onto the takeaway cups. Food-wise, the short, seasonal menu is big on all kinds of homemade cakes, cookies and pastries, but it also offers proper breakfasts and lunches too – try the avocado and chilli on sourdough toast or a chunky homemade sausage roll.

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9.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

Richard E. platinum reviewer 08 August 2011

Antipodeans – check Flat White – check Bare floors – check Cool location – er, no. Hang on – I've written this review before: yes, Leather Lane, so beloved of fashion conscious TOWIE girls, now has not one but two fantastic coffee shops run by our friends down under. They might not be able to play cricket, but the Aussies (and Kiwis) can certainly make a damn fine cup of Java: to prove it, the 2009 Barista of the Year award (a golden group handle) hangs proudly from the wall. The space is not so achingly hip as Leather Lane’s other Coffee-Shop-Run-By-Antipodes, the Department of Coffee and Social affairs, but has a bigger, lighter feel to it. The art is less trendy, the walls have plaster on them, but otherwise they are much the same. Service is friendly, not to say a little chaotic, and the food stuffs are of the cake and pastry variety. There are also shelves of every conceivable implement for making coffee, from your basic plastic filter holder to a vast array of tampers, spatulas and even brushes, to dust any stray grinds off.

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