... and in the steamed, velvety milk
climpson and sons
67 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4PH
- Hackney Central (1.1 km)
- London Fields Station (0.4 km)
- Cambridge Heath Station (0.6 km)
- Contact us:
020 7812 9829
- Opening hours:
Sat 0830 - 1730
Sun 1000 - 1600
48-50 St John's Road, London SW11 1PR
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11 reviews of climpson and sons in English
My day is always incomplete with a coffee hence more often than not I get to a coffee shop. At Climpson and Sons I had a cup of The Baron and I loved every sip of it. It is a shop for any coffee lover to visit for sure.
For a convenient, decent coffee, 5 minutes walk from your house, Climpsons is fine, but anything more than that and i think you are going out of your way.
I hear all the time about how GREAT the coffee is at this place, but in all the times I have popped by after a jaunt round Broadway Market, I have been decidedly underwhelmed.
Perhaps in recommending the coffee shop so highly, my friends have only set it up for a fall, but ultimately how hard can it be to make a decent coffee? It's all in the bean right?
Quite possibly one of the best coffees I had in London. The flat white is very, very nice and mellow. The staff is very nice. There is always a newspaper around and I had a couple of nice chats with strangers.
Why only 4 stars? It is by all means not the cheapest coffee and slightly over priced. Also, it can get very crowded and you easily wait 10 min for a coffee on the weekend. The sandwiches are ... ok. Ah, well.
Verdict: I just keep coming back and back again for the flat white. Seating is limited, but in the summer you can sit at tables outside. Wonderful, wonderful flat white.
I liked climpson and sons.
The coffee was nice although slightly over priced. The service is slow, but I'm not complaining - honest, it's just if you want to pop in as you're dashing into work then there is a wait.
It gets very busy especially on Saturdays but even if there's a que each coffee is still a very high standard and they keep high quality throughout.
o/a: highly recommend the Gibraltar but its generally slightly pricey
I found it quite hard to get to; either walk down from London Fields Rail or get any bus that goes up Cambridge Heath Road.
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I WANT to rave about Climpsons but I can't. I've been there around 4 times now and whilst it serves Flat Whites and seems to be run by Australians that doesn't mean the coffee is great.
Each time my coffee has been weak and even today when asking for an extra shot the flavour is just not there. It also takes ages to get a coffee and this is something that's been the case every time I've visited.
I hate giving a bad review for my little slice of Melbourne now and then but I am being honest here, it just is not that good. Shame!
admittedly, it does get rather busy on saturdays, but this small cafe might even knock the socks off Monmouth Coffee Company in its excellent coffee. The food is freshly prepared and tasty, and they’ll do you a slice of toast in the morning to have with your coffee.
A great music selection keeps things real when you’re a bit fragile in the morning, and, if you can find a seat, there are always newspapers and magazines to pore over while you sip your coffee.
Saturdays can see you coming back over and over as you move through the market, so it’s a great place to meet people.
You can also play the silly name game, as the baristas ask you for your name when you order. My last one was Hercules.
The only drawback is that it becomes a bit of a pram parking lot on Saturdays. So, if you’ve got kids, try to leave the pram outside while you order your coffee.
I love the coffee at this place - but don’t make it a pit-stop if you’re zipping past and fancy a coffee to go - the guys here takes AGES to make a cup of coffee - which isn’t a problem as it really is worth the wait… but don’t think they’ve forgotten you if 5 minutes has passed since you ordered and you’re still waiting.
The coffee at Climpson was top-notch and worth the relatively long wait on a Saturday afternoon. All in all, took more than ten minutes from queueing to collection.
As DeadLtd said, the place can get very crowded, and there is another stall at the other end of the market which seemed to have just as long a queue to me!
The cafe also served salads and sandwiches, but there weren’t too many seats. Looked like perhaps around 20 people could sit in the space available.
Music playing on the day I went was indie and alternative. It’s also worth noting that there aren’t any restroom facilities available in the cafe.
I’m conflicted about Climpsons. Who wants to remortgage their house and sell their bodies for a month to pay for one (ever-so-slightly-overpriced) soya latte? Not me. Who wants to have their soya latte infused with Japanese seaweed (divine-tasting, and nutirious), served in ‘flat white’ Ozzie coffee style with the perfect vantage point for people watching/perving (delete as applicable) as you read the Guardian? Definitely me. What to do? Out of all the places on Broadway Market that is most in danger during the credit crunch, Climpsons is one of them.
After all, Hackney is full of artists and creatives at the moment (read: people who always end up with too much ‘month’ and the end of their money), so one would assume they would go bust, but no. What’s their secret? Maybe it’s the steady flow of sloaney Saturday Broadway Market visitors keeping them in Prada, or maybe they’re taking advantage of a prime position when the inevitable wave of gentrification hits? Probably both.
Anyway, I’ve chosen this place as one of the best places to get coffee on this road because:
a) Someone always leaves a copy of the Guardian or Observer lying around so I can justify the horrendous cost of my £2.80 coffee with having saved on buying the weekend papers. Whoever keeps leaving it for me: I love you. Don’t stop!
b) The coffee and reaalllly good. See above description
c) The service is very speedy, which is handy if you’re the kind of impatient person that wakes up wanting coffee NOW NOW NOW. Although it can be slower on Saturdays, but that doesn’t matter. Just take a peek at the lovely gallery next door.
This place is a 5 minute walk from my house - it has some of the best coffee in london.
On Saturday’s it is heaving - however they have a stall on the market near the canal end that is sometimes not as busy, near the butcher’s van.
Also near the cupcake stall if you want to be buzzing your tits off all day. Their food is great too
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