I've been walking past the Albion Cafe in Shoreditch for two years and have always wanted to sit inside what looks like a cosy eatery. Okay, living in the West of London admittedly I've only been in Shoreditch ...oh, about nine times ... so it's not that a drastic fact.
Well finally I've made it. The tenth time to Shoredtich is marked with a walk in to Albion Cafe.
Through the doors, the entrance is quite appetising. Walk into a space stacked high and bulkily with loaves of fresh bread, farm produce, mountains of cakes and giant cookies ... and that's all before you get to the seating area. So if you weren't hungry when you walked in, you are now.
// Entrance to Albion //
It's 2pm and the cafe is pretty packed. My lunch date and I sit at a spacious communal table and instantly start snacking on the fresh bread.
To the right of me, a fellow diner tucks into a mountain of mushrooms upon toasted bread. Without even reading the menu, I've got my pick.
// Portobello mushrooms on toast //
It's nothing spectacular, but this simple dish hits the spot (£7.25). Dollop that with ketchup and it's a comfort food.
// Root vegetable salad //
My company is staiying away from carbs, so she chooses a root vegetable salad ( £9.25). It's decent, with a good ration of veggies to salad leaves.
// Communal tables //
The diners a trendy - trendy enough that some of them walked out in tracksuit and bling. But hey, it is Shoreditch after all.
The service is more often than not slow, and they were not so busy by the time we had sat down. The atmosphere would have you coming back here.
// Entrance of Albion //