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Harris and Hoole Cafe - Crouch End

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by Alan Perkins (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
Published November 22nd 2012
The newest Crouch End coffee shop
There's a new kid in town. Crouch End's bustling café scene has a new contender. You know what? I think they have the potential to be a champion.
Harris And Hoole is the newcomer in Crouch End.

By sticking to a modern, clean and funky interior, they succeed in creating the kind of space in which you could enjoy an afternoon.
Friendly staff and a modern interior.

They build on the success they have had in Amersham and west London by opening this establishment in the centre of Crouch End. I was startled at how quickly the building was turned from a shell into a full functioning neighbourhood coffee joint. It seemed to spring up in a matter of days and it already feels as though it has been here forever.

The seating is perfectly spaced and divided into two sections, front and back, avoiding the crowded feel of some cafes. The large sofas are inviting and an army of freelancers seemed to be working on laptops on the Thursday morning of my visit. This is always a sign that the place will be a success.
The decor is spacious and relaxing.

Harris and Hoole have succeed in being youthful without appearing yoof-orientated. It's a proper, grown up place, but it somehow feels more energetic than other cafes. The staff were incredibly smiley and friendly, which felt genuine, rather than forced. The pot of tea came with an egg timer to tell me when it was perfectly brewed; a nice touch.
An egg timer tells me when my tea is sufficiently brewed.

Any café that wants to be the champ of Crouch End faces a hard slog. Twelve rounds against experienced, solid fighters, from the chain shops to the little indies with loyal fanbases. Will Harris and Hoole be the new champion? Who knows? But they are certainly a contender.
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Why? For a funky, modern, coffee experience.
Where: 9 The Broadway, Crouch End N8 8DU
Cost: couple of quid for a coffee.
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