I’ve been meaning to write about Climpson & Sons for quite a while now. This being one of my regular spots for coffee, and one of my favourites in London, I have never been sure of where to begin. I suppose there is no time like the present.
This particular visit, I was craving for something to eat, as a very late breakfast, but something that would be an acceptable option for lunch. I can’t really use the term brunch here, as this was definitely well into the lunch timezone.
Climpson & Sons has built itself quite the empire. Not only is it a popular cafe on Broadway Market (and in my opinion, easily the best coffee shop on the street) but it also has a Roastery at the Climpson’s Arch in London Fields, which supplies beans to many cafes around London, and the coffee cart, open and the bottom of Broadway Market on Saturday Market day. At the time of writing, I am the Mayor of the Climpson’s Coffee Cart on FourSquare. The Climpson’s Arch is also a licensed venu, hosting BBQ’s, roasts, and live music. They’ve got all the bases covered.
Since I had arrived late in the day, there was a bit of a queue, and they had run out of seating. I have eaten at the cafe on a number of occasions, but this time I had to go for the takeaway. I ordered my usual flat white, and Avocado on Toast, which was served with chilli flakes, and scattered with pistachio nuts, and topped with fresh roquette and olive oil. You have the option of ordering it with salmon.
The staff are friendly and fun. They always have a bit of banter going on between themselves, and with the chatty customers. They’ll also make the effort to try and remember your name, especially on the coffee cart. If you have a Keep Cup they’ll even give you a bit of a discount, and if you don’t have one yet, they offer them for sale. They also make a great cup of coffee. The coffee art is so nice, you’ll feel bad putting a lid on it.
Depending on the time of day, you may have trouble finding a place to sit. You probably should have gotten up earlier anyway.
Flat White £2.40