We were slightly annoyed that a new cafe has just opened in the St James’ area of Walthamstow. Why? Well we lived just a stone throw away for thirteen years and now just when we have moved out, they move in! It was rather odd visiting our old stomping ground yesterday but we were planning a lovely walk in the sunshine over the marshes, which we have neglected since our move up to the top of town so decided to linger in the ‘Coppermill village’ as the estate agents have now dubbed this area.
’56 St James’ opened on Thursday to much Twitter excitement as intrigued Walthamstowers rushed to check out the new kid. The cafe is situated on the corner of Station Road and St James’ Street, it used to be an old fashioned accountants office, but now the the decor is modern vintage, with soft lighting and a friendly, laid back atmosphere. Their coffee is sourced from Nude Espresso so is bang on trend and is well made by the barista with a smooth taste. They have a small but good selection of cakes, salads and sandwiches. My cheese, ham & tomato sandwich on sourdough bread was tasty and I was envious of the baker’s achievement – why can’t I get those kind of holes in my bread? Must practice more!!
It isn’t cheap at £2.50 for a Flat White coffee, but you are paying for good quality ingredients in a Hackney hipster environment. Another positive is that it is very child-friendly with a large black chalk wall for creative tots and budding graffiti artists. We hope that it does really well and from the queue yesterday it is already in demand. We’ll be back to try the cakes!
56, St James’ Street, E17 7PE