August brings another date of The London Food Social and this time we’re headed to a beaut of a brunch spot in East London – Towpath Cafe.
Towpath Cafe is a little gem that sits beside the canal in Haggerston. Of a morning, you’ll be joined by lots of runners, plenty of cyclists and ton of other ‘brunchers’ enjoying a leisurely weekend.
We know which one we’re choosing to be of those three.
Their menu is a bit different to the brunch classics with focus on simple food at its best… (Tomatoes on toast anyone?)
… and It’s outdoor/indoor set up means it’s perfect for those nicer days in London and is a corker for spending a few hours sipping a coffee and admiring the view (aka people watching).
If you’re lucky enough to get a seat (yes, it can get pretty busy) you’ll find service is friendly and informal, with the latter not being a bad thing at all. The way it goes is you’ll…
- Find a table.
- Order at the counter.
- Take your own ticket to the kitchen area and await your name to be called.
- When it is, stick your hand up and it’ll be brought to your table. A bit like when you’re in Starbucks or Costa.
This way does mean that everything comes at different times in their own relaxed manner; and while this may not suit everyone, it certainly is part of their charm.
So, for the food …
and remember what we said? Simple food at its best!
Napoli sausage sandwich on some delicious sourdough, with the important question of red sauce or brown?
Merinda tomatoes on toast, covered in oil and pepper. So simple but so good.
Never would it taste like this if you made it at home. Damn you!
‘Millies’ special being avocado mixed with hard boiled egg and dolloped on sourdough.
A nice spin on it.
Granola for a sweeter option, with nuts, oats and berries on top of natural yoghurt.
… and an unusual option of ‘İmam bayıldı’. A kind of a stewed, curried aubergine dish served with flatbread.
We all like a good brunch spot in London and don’t pretend like we don’t.
Towpath is somewhere a bit different than our usual weekend haunts, and while it may not be one for the winter, the idea of being wrapped up next to the canal hugging a tea and eating some toast does sound pretty great.
You kind of forget that spots like this exist in London and we get stuck in the concrete walls of the city. One weekend you have free it’s defo worth making a trip of a morning or afternoon. Not huge portions, not over complicated, but quality choices that are changed up every week. Pretty affordable too with prices ranging between £4.50 – £7.50 a dish.
After you’re finished, walk it off with a stroll up the canal. That’s one day worth getting up early for.
Thanks to Ken, Chris, Michelle, Rahman, Natalie and Emma for coming to The London Food Social. Keep an eye here to find out about the next one.
42 De Beauvoir Cres, London N1 5SB
Nearest Station: Haggerston