Back in the good old days of East London life, lunch at Shoreditch Grind was a regular occurrence. Sitting in the sun-drenched windows on the Old Street roundabout with a plate piled high with salads, a strong coffee on the side, and a magazine to flick through made for a good Wednesday lunch break. Since then, I have moved on to the other side of the pond, and Shoreditch Grind has spread all over London. Lucky London.
On our very, very brief visit to London town during our most recent trip back home, we had an hour to pass in Holborn, so obviously Holborn Grind was our first stop. Coffees for everyone and a couple of pastéis de nata to share. Because nobody can look at those custardy, flaky, sweet tarts and not resist having a few bites. It made for a perfect start to an in-between Christmas and New Year morning. Strong, beautiful coffee, sweet bursts of sugar, a perky playlist, and nothing to do but wait for our next coffee meeting. As all London mornings should be spent.
Holborn Grind, 199 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BC