The Market Coffee House

The Market Coffee House in Spitalfields is an old style cafe opposite Spitalfields Market. It is family owned and so has a little more character than many of the other chain establishments around this area. This character shows itself through the look of the place, all wooden furnture and nooks and crannies, including a lovel old tiled floor down in the basement where the loos are. The food itself sells itself as ‘home made’, freshly baked rolls with egg, sheese, ham etc, and an excellent bowl of hummus with a huge slice of bread. It is all fresh tasting and not too expensive (egg and cress roll £2.50). The cake counter is pretty irresistible, so far I recommend the banana cake, although it does have chocolate chips hidden in it which I count as a bonus but Joff sees as an ambush, and the individual bakewell tarts. the coffee is good and strong (I think they use Monmouth) and there is always somewhere to sit. I have only one quibble and that is the service; the servers themselves are all very decorative adn look as though they have been bought in bulk form an art School but there are a lot of them and it seems to take them a long time to do anything, which isn’t helped by the fact that they all seem to do the same thing at once. No system! This doesn’t ruin the place by any means and it is fast turning into my favourite lunch spot in the area. I read on their blog that they are opening a restaurant this year, which is good news.
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2 responses

  1. goo food, better coffee. really nice atmosphere, staff are of varying quality howeve having previously worked in the industry i sympathise with them as their workspace is tiny, the cafe recently trippled in size but the service space remained tiny. all in all anexcellent cafe my fav place to waste a morning readinig the paper eating crumpets.

  2. Thanks for the lovely review! I feel I should point out that we no longer run under the name The Market Coffee House, but The English Restaurant: – same great coffee, only now with gorgeous food and an extraordinary wine list to boot! Might it be possible to change the name/put a line about that here? I know there’s been some confusion in the past.
    Warm wishes and thanks again for the support x

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