Workshop Coffee Co

27 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, London

A trip back is a must

Address:27 Clerkenwell Road
Map:Map & nearby
Nearest Station:Farringdon
Opening Hours:Tuesday - Saturday: 7am - 10pm
Sunday & Monday: 7am - 6pm

Our kitchens and dining room close between services, while our ground floor bar remains open throughout.
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About: Our Clerkenwell cafe has evolved into a thriving destination for coffee, food, beer and wine lovers alike. While our focus on serving great coffee has never faltered, we have now added breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch services to our offering. We've been voted Runner Up Best Independent Cafe Europe (Allegra Symposium), Best Vegetarian Breakfast (Observer Food Monthly), and 'a great day-time cafe, becoming a major point of interest' (TimeOut).

We've recently extended our repertoire into the evening, opening late to include the service of beer, wine and a range of delicious bar snacks downstairs, and informal a la carte dining on the first floor, Tuesday through Saturday.

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It might be tempting to think that if there is no antipodean influence on a coffee venture, then it’s not worth your while. Not true, however, this is another New Zealand affiliated coffee enterprise, which seems to mean quality with a capital Q! The in-house roaster gets the beans toasty and the flat white benefits. A more subtle flavour than some cafes, but no less delicious.

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If you want a little more out of your coffee shops than coffee then Workshop should be high on your list. The large industrial looking apparatus confirm that roasting is carried out in the back of the bare brick venue and although the coffee is something special, so is the food. Apparently nothing brings out the aroma in your espresso like fresh bread, pulled pork tacos and scrambled egg.

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Sure, it says coffee in the title but there’s more to this Clerkenwell café than in-house roasting and fine brunch food. The evening menu brings the wine with it and you are more than welcome to come along and take a seat at the bar and enjoy a glass. The focus is on interesting bottles from far and wide, which means you can expect to sample the delights of biodynamic wine in the stylish bar.

Who fancies Coffee and Cocktails?
This coffee shop mini-chain now has four branches, the Clerkenwell one being the flagship. Here there’s Ethiopian coffee, a smart menu (grilled mackerel fillet, chargrilled lamb burger with rosemary fries) and classic cocktails the Corpse Reviver.

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"A trip back is a must"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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It takes a special kind of dream to twin a coffee house and restaurant with its original that sits thousands of miles away in downtown Melbourne, but that describes the origins of Workshop Coffee (formerly St Ali). Having recently broken out on their own, the stylish Clerkenwell location is doing more than enough with its evening menu to reel in foodies and coffee pedants alike.

In an area full of ad agencies, designer houses and architect firms, the venue is aptly inspiring. Think bare brick walls, a faintly industrial theme and informal bar seating. This is spacious, aspirational dining with integrity. Some might choose to visit for the first floor restaurant in the evening, but the bar feels so at one with the layout of the place that it calls out and gets the guy.

Workshop’s menu is a concise collection of small plates, large plates and grazing dishes that explore a British take on tapas. From grilled quail to the potato, leek and gruyere tortilla, the small plates are a mix of bold, but accessible flavour. The pork belly sums up Workshop’s mentality. Three hunks of mushy meat covered by a crackling shell and smeared with oakwood apple sauce. Delicately arranged, yet a chunky morsel. Both salty and sweet,; balanced immaculately.

Look around and the rough edges carefully left to jut and crack by the considered design are clearly evident, but at Workshop the style doesn’t seem to be contradicted by the substance. A main of haddock, ginger and lemon grass fish cake has a deliciously crispy shell, but could have allowed a little more thought for the moisture inside. However, the poached egg crown put pay to those murmurs of discontent as the yoke ran to meet one of its finest combinations - haddock.

Bio dynamic wine is the buzz at Workshop and a tasting will tell you why. At £32.00 a bottle the Catherine Bernard red appeared (almost) to be a snip – the presence of zesty, blackberries fighting its case.

A dessert of warm ginger cake, raspberry mascarpone and toffee sauce was to be the one regret – in that there was no room for it. A trip back is therefore a must, and at around £70.00 for a meal for two with wine, it will be soon.

T.A.O reviewed Workshop Coffee Co on Mon 25 Jun 2012

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