The Proud Archivist

2-10 Hertford Road , London, N1 5ET

The Proud Archivist

SquareMeal Review of The Proud Archivist

Combining an art gallery, café, deli, bistro and community events space under one roof, this all-purpose venue beside the Regent’s Canal aims to echo and revive the traditions of London’s grand coffee houses. Entertainment, education, sustenance and conversation go hand in hand here, and the kitchen’s all-day offer takes in everything from Cobble Lane charcuterie or gnocchi with Stilton, spinach and walnuts to heritage burgers, sea bass with mussels and bouillabaisse sauce or pork belly with rhubarb compote. Breakfast and brunch also cover a lot of ground, from stacks of pancakes and sausage sarnies to pumpkin hash with black pudding and fried egg. Meanwhile, the deli and ‘tuck shop’ is fully stocked with muffins, cakes, pastries, Vietnamese salads, croque monsieur and more besides. The snappy, regularly changing wine list also promises lots of appealing possibilities.

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9.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 5.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Mealy Kiely bronze reviewer 07 February 2014

I first visited this venue by chance whilst walking along Regent's Canal with my brother one Sunday morning. The arty prints caught my eye in the windows as you walk towards The Gainsborough Studios walking over the bridge. I'm glad we decided to pop in. We had a few coffees (yes a few each as they were very good!) and a spot of brunch. I was taken by the music, friendliness of the staff and the quality of food. I had eggs benedict. It was perfect and perfectly cooked. The amount and presentation were just right. My brother – a notoriously fussy eater was happy with his ‘guest dish’ of pumpkin hash with sage, black pudding and fried egg. He really enjoyed the gallery space and the overall feel (nice ambience, not too noisy for a big space and good music). I returned for brunch with a friend on a week day morning which proved to be a good call. It was raining pretty hard outside so we grabbed a table by the window looking over the canal and felt very warm and content whilst the rain was lashing down. We enjoyed superb pancakes, tasty eggs florentine and a few coffees each! Overall, give this place a try. You won't be dissapointed.

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