Coffee on a journey

Once again on our journeys we have been sampling the local coffee scene, drinking some delicious java and some pure froth in tiny cups here is the summary.

This review has been on hold for a few months, because they are all locations visited during the latter parts of The Capital Ring Walks and it seemed inappropriate to post them earlier, so apologises if you were waiting to see what we thought, but here we are now!


CaféGenic – Hendon

Right opposite Hendon Station there is CaféGenic a rather busy coffee shop/restaurant. The staff were ok just a bit rushed.

There was a pretty art piece on the wall even if it was just a large sticker. It made a nice change from the standard grass wall and neon sign, that we seem to see all over the place these days!

The Mocha was pretty cold but not bad, the Americano scolding hot and OK, but nothing great hence the score of…

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Whiskers & Cream – Upper Holloway

Whiskers & Cream is North London’s Cat Cafe – where you can drink your coffee and pet some adorable cats!

However this comes at a price a pretty steep one too – £14 per person to sit for 30 mins in a room with 5 or 6 cats (this is not including coffee).

With that in mind we got 2 coffees to go and walked up to the park to pet some cats for free. The staff were grumpy and when we didn’t want to pay to sit with the cats she got even grumpier and dismissive.

The coffees were horrible!

The cats looked cute though.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Fonseca’s Deli – Highgate

This was during the ‘Heatwave’ in July…

This is a deli with a lot of pasta and tinned/canned products and they make sandwiches and soup, which look pretty good, but we just stuck to an Iced Americano and a Mocha (hot),

The staff was a nice guy and helpful and there was a very cute dog!!

But it was really mehh coffee, hence…

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Springfield Park Cafe – Upper Clapton

Springfield Park Cafe has always been shut when we have tried to go in there in the past (probably after 3pm), it is a small coffee shop nestled in a large open room/art gallery with random paintings and groups of photos filling the walls, but the dog sculpture was clearly the best piece!

There were lots of people enjoying a drink on the outdoor seating terrace, because for once London was filled with good weather.

The coffee was really lovely and one to return to in the near future, if we catch it open, that is!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

13th Floor – St Mary’s Church Coffee Kiosk

The staff/barista was bitchy, bored teenager and not phased about serving. She took an order of an Iced Americano and an Iced Mocha and then spent 10minutes doing something but clearly not making our coffees. Because when we got the coffees they were blergh and the mocha was literally an americano with some Oat Milk pour in it – we watched her make them. There was no chocolate in it.

It was iced but yuck.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Moo Canoes Milk Float – Hackney Wick

On the River Lea at the bridge where the Moo Canoes moor, there is a large Dutch Barge permanently moored with a roof terrace and a side window where a grumpy barista lives, he takes orders if he can be bothered (the girl in front gave up having waited 5mins to get served).

We ordered the usual (an Americano and an Oat Mocha) and waited too long.

We took our coffees and started section 14 of The Capital Ring and quickly discovered the 1st disappointment of the day, the coffee was…

Rating: 2 out of 5.

We have previously reviewed Well Bean Coffee at Gallion’s Reach and we have returned there recently. This Café was included in a previous Coffee Review as it was so good we couldn’t wait to tell you.

But that is it for another round up and we will be dishing the beans on more places soon, so keep checking back and check out the other reviews too, here on Climbing Moss.


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