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Counter Cafe Brunch, Hackney Wick


Tucked away in Hackney Wick is Counter Café and coffee roastery, one of my favourite places for Sunday brunch, an open-plan airy space, with a relaxed atmosphere that makes for a perfect hangover cure.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

If you are unfamiliar with the area you might think you have stepped off the train at the wrong station as you exit into an industrial area filled with warehouses and street art; but that is all part its charm.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

If this kind of urban open air art gallery isn’t your style then polar opposite, glossy Westfield is only a few minutes walk away.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

However if you are like me and love not quite knowing what is around the next corner then continue weaving through the industrial estate admiring the vibrant art until you stumble across the Stour Space Art Gallery where the Café  is located.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

The selection of ever changing art is only one of the positives of the Café’s  location, it also sits on the banks of Regents Canal, in the shadow of what was the Olympic park. 

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

Since the Olympics I have watched many changes take place in this area, however, The Counter has remained the same chilled out eatery with great quality food, an awesome selection of coffee from their in house roastery and craft beers from Crate Brewery.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

Inside the cafe you are likely to be greeted by assorted furniture, bikes, the occasional cat or dog and the equally quirky staff. The atmosphere always makes me feel as if I have just popped into a friend’s house and is exactly the vibe I need on a Sunday morning.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

The hand written menu fits in perfectly with the uncontentious surroundings; the café serves an amazing brunch menu, sandwiches, salads, burgers, home made pies and cakes .

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

The food may not seem like anything out of the ordinary but the fact that they only use natural and organic products that are locally sourced can definitely be tasted in these classic brunch dishes.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

I have tried a combination of all of the veggie options but still think that my two solid favourites are the Eggs Benedict on a muffin (without the ham) or the French Toast with berries and fried banana. Chased with either a soya latte or an IPA depending on how sensitive I am feeling.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

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On this particular Sunday I had a bit of both.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

Once I ordered from the lovely staff members, the next big decision is where to sit, upstairs tends to be a little quieter and is a great place to watch the world go by, down by the counter is a little more hectic but you get to see all the comings and goings, or my personal favourite outside on the floating deck. 

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

One of the reasons this is one of my top spots in London is that it is an amazing place for people spotting with a wide variety of clientele ranging from freelancers working, families, artists that live in a nearby warehouse and, like me and my friends, hungover twenty something’s trying to make a recovery from the weekend’s events.

Counter Cafe, Hackney Wick, London, Emma Inks

A warning: if you are starving, have a snack on the way as the food always takes a while to arrive, the orders are not rushed out of the kitchen and are all freshly prepared.

Counter Café has a truly welcoming community feel – I would advise not to rush your visit, sit back, relax and enjoy this unique eatery before letting the normal speed and chaos of London seep its way back into your life.    

Counter Cafe London

Counter Cafe
7 Roach Road
London
E3 2PA

16 comments

  1. Laura says:

    This place looks great – completely unpretentious and yet effortlessly cool at the same time! Will add it to the list of ‘must visits’!! x
    Laura | Loved By Laura

    1. Emma says:

      You should defo check it out, that entire area is great for food

  2. Milli says:

    That french toast though…

    1. Emma says:

      It is truly delicious!

  3. Jessie says:

    You always go to the coolest places for food! This looks amazing, and the food looks gorgeous xxx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

    1. Emma says:

      I think I just eat out so often that I am bound to come across something cool! Counter has been one of my go to places for the last 3 years I would completely recommend a visit.

  4. misspond says:

    Looks amazing!!! I love the terrace, it’s always such a treat to eat breakfast/brunch outside 🙂

    1. Emma says:

      Eating outside is my favourite, it makes me feel like I am on holiday.

  5. That French toast looks AMAZING!!!! :O I heart a bit of fried banana. xxx

    1. Emma says:

      It tastes even better than it looks!

  6. themayfairy says:

    “Depending on how sensitive I’m feeling” XD XD XD
    The location looks really great though, fun but not TOOOOOOO trendy 😉

    1. Emma says:

      Usually very sensitive or too drunk to notice lol. I don’t think that they would let me in if it was too trendy.

  7. This looks gorgeous, this would be right up my friends street (figuratively speaking), she lives in London so I’ll pass it on!

    Stephie from Tea in your Twenties xx
    http://teainyourtwenties.com

    1. Emma says:

      It is one of my favourite places in East London in summer, please let me know if you or your friend check it out and let me know what you think

  8. Oh wow! This wasn’t even on my list of brunch places to check out, but it sure is now! How will I decide what to choose? xx

  9. […] into my heart. Making my way through the industrial area covered in street art I met him at Counter Cafe which, to this day, is my favourite brunch […]

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