SOUTH TOTTENHAM | N15
I'm calling it. Tottenham is the new Hackney Wick. Spurred on (get it?) by Beavertown Brewery, and other successes up north (along with the ease of the Victoria line), Londoners are starting to take notice of the industrial estates near Seven Sisters, one of which is home to Craving Coffee.
In a smart space in Unit 3 of Gaunson House, Matt and Rachel Ho run a stylish and independent cafe with speciality coffee, cocktails, craft beer, and superior seasonal food. The kitchen is open daily until 4pm, so we're mostly talking about lunch and brunch. But it's also worth noting that every Thursday to Saturday, their "Tottenham Social" pop-up sees street food traders take over the cooking duties in the evening.
I went along for a mid afternoon coffee on a Saturday, and ended up ordering a wonderful bowl of red lentil daal with dukkah and charcoal sourdough - beautifully seasoned and spiced, and a really decent portion for £7. My pal was equally fond of his plate of flaked Ortiz tuna, with pickled salsa, Catalan ragu, a boiled egg, and toasted sourdough, for just £8.
Elsewhere on the menu, there's an "Osaka" omelette with beansprouts and sriracha, espresso pork belly, and more that comes in at under £8, making this a great place to visit with friends and fill up on a budget. You just need to convince them to make it to N15. If it helps, you'll find Affinity Brew Co and Five Miles bar around the corner.
Words and photography | Matt Hickman