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.
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.