STEPNEY CITY FARM CAFE
Enter Stepney City Farm and you’ll find a lovely cafe immediately on your right. Before visiting the cafe, I had a little wander around the farm, where there is a good variety of animals and an array of allotments. It was really wonderful to see some farm animals in the middle of a big city! I was given a spring onion by one of the allotment owners, which made a tasty addition to the salad I made when I got back home…nothing better than a bit of fresh veg. If you have green fingers and want to get involved with an allotment yourself, you’ll have to sign up to the waiting list, as they’re in high demand!
The cafe is simple and honest serving goods from the farm or the local area. The tea is from a company called Joe’s Tea based over in Shoreditch, and the coffee from the Climpson & Sons roastery just off London Fields. I went for a double espresso and a pain au chocolat. I got some nice fruity notes from the coffee and it had a nice sharpness, which was very pleasant on a sunny day. It was however a little over extracted. It appeared that the barista who made it seemed to be pretty new to the trade so hopefully that won’t be the case much longer. The service was very friendly and the whole experience of the place makes the cafe well worth a visit.
PS If you visit on Saturday make sure you don’t miss the farmers market!
Address: Stepney Way, E1 3DG, London.
Opening times: Wednesday-Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm & Saturday-Sunday 10.30am to 4pm.
Price of a double espresso: £1.80
Outdoor Seating (important for those tobacco lovers): A bench and a table and some chairs