When it comes to finding somewhere to eat, Londoners are spoilt for choice with restaurants from every corner of the world. However when the hustle and bustle of the big city gets a bit too much, sometimes all we need is to go back to basics and indulge in some classic home cooked British food.
This month we visited Shoreditch's Albion ‘caff’, a contemporary café, shop and bakery located just off the lively Shoreditch High Street.
What’s so special about a normal British café you ask? Albion is far from your standard greasy spoon. With fresh fruit and veg for sale outside, shelves full of premium local produce in the entrance and the smell of fresh bread greeting you at the doorway, the people of Shoreditch have fallen in love with this stylish 21st century café.
Owned and designed by British Designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran, Albion focus’ on long-established classic British recipes from the traditional English breakfast to Afternoon Tea right through to Shepard’s pie’s and fish and chips, which are all prepared with top-quality ingredients, care and presentation. One of Stirling Ackroyd’s favourite breakfast dishes is the grilled sweet potato hash with spinach & poached organic eggs.
The open air bakery is a highlight of this trendy café. Here you can watch the bakers create from scratch the many different types of bread, cakes and pastries you can eat in or take-away for breakfast in the morning. Look out for the oversized croissants, they’re famous in Shoreditch!
Open from 8am till late, seven days a week, Albion even serves a special supper menu till 1am every Thursday, Friday and Saturday- making it the perfect place to either meet your friends for brunch, relax with an afternoon tea or finish off the night after a few drinks out on the town.
Visit the Albion at 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD or explore their website at www.albioncaff.co.uk.