....I really enjoy popping over to Kelly's flat in Clapton. It is an area I hadn't really spent any time in before now, but it certainly belies it's underwhelming reputation, (infamous 'murder mile' is on the doorstep). There are in fact beautiful tree-lined roads with victorian period housing surrounding pretty Clapton Pond and now there are bars, cafes and shops springing up to suggest that nearby gentrified Stoke Newington, (and to some extent Hackney), is spreading further East to these parts. One such cafe is Organic & Natural on the Lower Clapton Road, facing the pond.
Kelly and I often pop here for bits and pieces, but the real pleasure is stopping off and stocking up on a huge salad plate, home made cake or strong dark coffee.
The Georgian owners are incredibly friendly and helpful, going at length to explain the food that is on display and how they have made it.
There is an outdoor decked area, perfect for the summer that is starting to bestow us, but on this, more blustery, occassion, Kelly and decided to sit inside.
I got my usual brownie and coffee. The former was warm and soft, but perhaps not big enough(!) and the latter was piping hot, strong and dark - perfect.
In reality the coffee and food is an added extra to what is largely an organic supermarket full of variants of freshly made breads, local veg and other great produce.
It's certainly worth a visit if you're in the area - an area that is impressing me more and more.