Who hasn't ever said to a friend, 'I'd love to start a cafe round here.......'? A chance remark along those lines, between parents attending an NCT trust meeting, led to the founding of one of Archway's most successful new businesses. Kellee Hubbert and Simon Ward, who both live locally, have turned what started as a pipe dream into a stylish cafe, Crick's Corner. As a mark of its instant success, the cafe was just three months old when it won one of the Time Out Love London Awards, last October.
Why the intriguing name? 'Crick's Corner' features in a ghost sign, still legible on one of the outside walls. "Beween the wars, this was Albert Crick's newsagents and subscription library. It was here from the 1920s until the 1950s. We are giving a nod to the shop's tradition by encouraging customers to leave and borrow books".
Open from 8 until 3 most days (see full details below) the cafe features artisan coffee by Climpson & Sons and bread from the Spence Bakery in Stoke Newington. The lunch menu boasts dishes such as chicken avocado and aioli on rye and the very popular bacon and avocado in a brioche bun. Their new bestseller is The Banana Man, featuring a banana (of course!) with peanut butter, almonds, blueberry maple syrup and bacon - all served on sourdough.
On the day we visited, the back 'lounge room' was filled with customers and its walls were hung with artwork. Kellee and Simon have a policy of using the space to display local artists' work, and it's all for sale.
Happy Birthday Cricks Corner!
The cafe is at the corner of Bickerton Road at 80 Dartmouth Park Hill N19 5HU Opening hours Mon - Fri 8:00 - 3:00; Sat 8:30 - 4:00; Sun 9:00 - 1:00