The Blue Legume Crouch End

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On the site of Crouch End’s redoubtable World Café, newcomer The Blue Legume is already popular with locals in search of a satisfying weekend brunch. Like its siblings in Islington and Stoke Newington, it boasts a comprehensive breakfast menu ranging from eggs Benedict to chocolate con churros via Mediterranean platefuls of grilled haloumi, spicy sausage and feta. Savouries and cakes from the tiled counter can be enjoyed over a top-notch coffee, while burgers, pasta and paninis hit the spot at lunchtime. BYO (£5 corkage) also makes dinner a wallet-friendly option: try grilled king prawns followed by spinach and ricotta ravioli or rib-eye and fries. Expect quality sourcing, generous portions and wholesome flavours – all delivered by welcoming staff. Pavement tables supplement the bright interior, which is fashionably decked out with vintage wallpaper and chandeliers, stripped-back floorboards and exposed brick.

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130 Crouch Hill, London, N8 9DY

020 8442 9282

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Mon-Sun 8.30am-6pm

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Anon

Terrible on every single level
15 September 2020  

I arrived here, having been here before, and having been very disappointed with the place in the past. I was hoping it might have improved, as it seems fairly popular. The decor is nice enough. The service is nothing short of atrocious. We were left waiting for at least fifteen to twenty minutes after sitting at a table, just to finally be thrown a menu by the disgruntled waitress. During all of that time, l was left wondering what on earth was going on. I considered leaving. The food is awful: utterly bland, poorly cooked, and microwaved to within an inch of its sorry life. My son basically ate processed food out of a packet, and he burnt himself biting in to it. Awful. Yet, unlike other cafes in the area, who do a meal deal for kids, this place has highly processed, microwaved meals for children, worse than in any pub l know of, for £5.95, at least. Then, a kids' juice is over £3, and ice-cream even more than that, so, if you get all three, you would spend around £15 on something you could get at a far better cafe around the corner for £6-7. This place is a total rip-off. My meal was almost inedible. The salad was about 3 days old, the leaves were brown and curling up. The old stuffed aubergine was bitter, and was drowning in turgid tomato sauce. And guess what? For the privilege of paying what amounts to £25 to £30 for one small sparkling water, two revolting courses of food, and one tiny processed kids' meal with a juice, the staff behave as if they are doing you a huge favour. The waitress practically threw the cutlery at us. When l requested ketchup for my son, it never arrived. The tables are dirty, and not properly cleared, even during the Covid pandemic. I had to request the ketchup again and again and again from different staff, who were unfriendly.

When we then had to wait for at least 15-20 minutes with zero acknowledgement or service for the dessert, which was very easy to prepare ice-cream, nobody cleared the table. In fact, nobody even noticed us at all. I asked a passing waitress for the dessert. She looked utterly confused, as if l had asked her the directions to get to the moon. She was also rude and dismissive.

The order was also incorrect. I made it very clear what l wanted on the menu, but was brought a different version of the same dish, which l specifically said l did not want. This place is utterly dysfunctional  on every single level. If it were not in Crouch End, where certain people have more money than sense, it would have gone out of business years ago. There is better food at Wetherspoons, as another reviewer pointed out in 2012. She is right. That still holds true in late 2020. What a joke!

The staff are rude, wilfully inefficient and, seemingly, the management of this place are arrogant, and could not give a toss. To add insult to injury, l had to then ask for the bill three times. Unbelievable!!! Never again. Overpriced and an unpleasant and, frankly, exhausting experience, as one struggles to get served. This is the sort of place you would send your worst enemy to, just so that they can experience the exquisite torture of sitting in a well appointed, well decorated eatery to be totally ignored, forced to eat terrible food, and then pay a small fortune for the privelege. Never again. 

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Alex W

Lovely Sunday lunch
05 May 2013  
Not sure if something has changed since the poor reviews but have to say we just enjoyed a really super lunch this afternoon. Coffee was tasty, the food well cooked and fresh (personally recommend the gravadlax) and the potions very generous! The staff were attentive but not overbearing and made for a relaxing time. Will go again for sure :)
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Paul L

A Great Breaky & Brunch
30 March 2013  
The Blue Legume is always 100% welcoming and go out of their way to to make you feel at home. Great coffee and very tasty staple dishes. Be specific and they will tailor it to your liking. The real testament of the place is that there is always a queue, so book ahead. On my way there now! Happy Easter 2013!
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jay C

15 November 2012  
Love the one in Stoke Newington. Hard to see how this one has the same name. The food here is really bad, not served cold or that the portions are too small.. but taste wise it's like its out of a packet and leaves a sour taste in the mouth. You'd think with all the effort that went into the fancy decor, they'd put some love into cooking. ok for a coffee, i'd say go anywhere else for a bite.
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Matt L

02 September 2012  
When I saw the building work going on before the blue legume opened in Crouch End, I was really excited and looking forward to regularly popping in for breakfast/lunch etc I've been there three times since it has opened, but as of this morning never again. The place is so misleading – its been done up very nicely but its all just surface, as the food is about the same standard as the weatherspoons pub just down the road – ie nothing fresh, all microwaved, with cheap ingredients and no salad/fresh greens. Honestly was expecting something much much nicer and was extremely disappointed. On top of this, the staff are incredibly rude – the first time i went in they continued to chat amongst themselves behind the till, completely ignoring me, even tho i was one of the only people in there at a really quiet time. Eventually when I finally managed to get one of them to come over and take my order, it was quite awkward as the waitress could barely understand anything i asked for – its no problem at all for serving staff to be from elsewhere, but there should at least be a basic understanding of english, again, not what I was expecting from this place at all. When the food finally arrived it was immensely disappointing – as mentioned above extremely low quality, and clearly microwaved. The salad that was supposed to come with the dish could in no way qualify as a salad – 2 small browning lettuce leaves on the side of the plate – more as a token garnish than anything you would ever want to eat. Just awful. Whats more the prices are double that of places of similar quality (eg Weatherspoons pubs, mentioned above). My second visit was with my cousin a month or so later, and it was much the same experience. I swore I wouldn't go again but this morning I was really hungry and fancied a quick breakfast, so I thought why not give the place another chance – it was quite busy when I arrived, and sat down at a table near to the door – a waitress passing by said “is it just you?” with a disdainful look on her face – I smiled and replied yes just me, and she said “you are alone” and then walked off!!! quite strange. A family of four came in and I offered my table to them as there were no other large tables available – I moved over to a table by the window, read the menu and decided what to order. I waited…and waited… a couple sat in the table next to me and were served almost immediately by the same waitress who made the comment to me earlier, which wasnt great, as I had already been sitting there for 10 minutes. After another 5 minutes of sitting there like a lemon, with no sign that anyone had noticed me or felt in any way like taking my order, I just got up and walked out, again un-noticed. Now I'll never ever set foot in there again, and will make sure to tell everybody I know in the area to avoid the place like the plague. Absolutely awful service, bland and depressing food, and one more thing to mention – the staff seem to be allowed to play their own music at a really loud volume – the acoustics of the place are really harsh as there is no soft furnishing, so you are pretty much assaulted by eastern european pop music throughout the whole experience. Dreadful – there are sooo many better choices in Crouch End, this place is just a complete rip off, and cynical into the bargain, as it is dressed up to look like something far more special. Never Again!!!
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Jemma C

08 June 2012  
My visit here at lunch time was thoroughly disappointing. I ordered from the kids menu for my girls. The pasta pesto turned up stone cold and had to be sent back and the sausage and chips came piping hot. The quality of the food was very poor & unappealing. I had a dry club sandwich with lettuce well past its best & a stingy portion of chicken. I really can't see what this place had to recommend it & don't understand how it was busy. There must be far better places to eat in Crouch End.
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Liz B

03 May 2012  
We had been to the Blue Legume in Stoke Newington and had a delicious lunch there so when we saw the new one in Crouch End where we live we were really pleased. Nothing could have been further from what we expected. None of the staff can speak English, they got our orders wrong, we had to wait half an hour for a pot of tea. A couple of members of staff were eating their lunch on the next table whilst we were waiting to be served! The ambience was fantastic and when the tea arrived was delicious but we won't go there again simply because the service was abysmal. Such a shame. He has got a great recipe for success there but I think people in Crouch End expect better than this!
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