Who would have thought that one of the best cups of coffee to be found in north London would come from a café on Green Lanes? Café Blend is helping to drive the Haringey community into the spotlight for all the right reasons.
This part of town is hardly known for its upmarket eateries, but things round these parts are definitely changing as young families put down roots further and further from the centre of town. The community was all aflutter when a Costa Coffee turned up in Turnpike Lane two years ago, so imagine their surprise to find a chic indie café on the Harringay Ladder.
Blend Café sits towards the top of Green Lanes – in among the kebab shops and estate agents it’s a regular diamond in the rough, emitting a sparkling glow through its window. A comfortable sofa and armchair area sits by the entrance and follow the gorgeous parquet wooden floor up a tier where a counter holds plenty of tempting pastries. Mismatched pendant lamps hang from above and original art decorates the white
walls. It’s a fresh, clean design, and a skylight in the rear area where the café opens out allows for a charming daytime drinking spot. Here you’ll find a small chalkboard to keep budding little artists entertained, and children’s books and magazines are readily
Word is slowly spreading that there’s reason to stay in the neighbourhood come brunch time, and expect the café to steadily reach capacity on the weekends. Most of the customers are young Haringey families, and with the café also doubling as a gallery for up-and-coming artists, you really feel a community vibe at Blend. The love, care and
attention to detail that’s gone into kitting out this place is tangible, and so you can feel the excitement from locals first discovering this local hotspot, as well as the repartee forming between staff and customers who are coming back for more.
Blend does a mean trade in breakfast, light lunch and some serious pastries, whether you’re grabbing something to go or lingering for longer. Although wholesome breakfast options are available – such as bircher muesli (£3.50) or homemade granola and yoghurt (£3) – you’re best off tucking into the poached eggs (£6.50) over brunch. These come served on homemade buttermilk bread, with asparagus spears, hollandaise sauce and the option of either prosciutto or smoked salmon. Runny-centred eggs are cooked perfectly and meld well into a sharp hollandaise. Even naughtier is the option of French toast (£4.50) – light rounds of brioche are completed with a small pot of honey on the side, a generous serving of summer fruits and a dusting of icing sugar on top.
Co-owner Steve knows his coffee. With years of experience in the barista business and a genetic feeling for things (being part-Macedonian, part-Australian), he has chosen to champion Hackney’s Climpson and Sons coffee beans, which are freshly ground to order. Whether choosing a flat white, cappuccino or Americano (all £2), it’s sure to taste deep
and velvety smooth without a hint of bitter aftertaste. It’s the best cup of coffee you’ll find for miles, and there’s certainly no competition along Green Lanes. Should you be on caffeine strike, James White organic fruit juices are available in several varieties (£2) and
iced coffees are ideal on hot days (all £2).
The Last Word
Coffee culture finally comes to this corner, and young families are already reveling in the fact they’ll no longer have to travel into town for a decent cup of Joe. Indeed, it’s worth travelling out of your way for this charming community café, which should hopefully bring eating out on the Harringay Ladder up a peg or two.