Let's face it; the high street between Tufnell Park and Highgate isn't exactly picturesque like, say, Muswell Hill. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend any of the grungy establishments in these parts. Except for one. It's a café that I always peered into while making my way into Central on the 134. Now that I've moved to Tufnell Park it's a pleasure to have the Bread & Bean so close by.
Here's another café that knows good coffee and is proud of the Union Roasted beans they brew. Flat whites and chocolate-topped cappuccinos arrive in espresso black cups, complete with that nuance which is so expected these days: latte art. Union Hand-Roasted Coffee is right up there with my favourite roaster, Has Bean. The B&B serves Revelation blend (direct contact trade), which Union describes as: "A phenomenal dark roast espresso giving complex floral aromatics, ripe red fruit notes of cherry and a dark caramel treacle-like body to leave you with a sweet enduring finish. Enriches a cappuccino or latte to perfection." It's really delicious with absolutely no off-putting aftertaste.
For your sweet fix there's an array of home-made cookies, muffins and cakes. I also enjoyed a breakfast there, one morning, consisting of pancakes with bacon and fruit compote. Not too shabby at all, especially when those flavours collided with the real maple syrup. Really hit the spot. The Bean is also kid friendly and I regularly see families enjoying lunch together. They've got everything from salmon sandwiches to jacket potatoes and French toast. Check out the full menu here.
Another lovely characteristic that makes the Bean so inviting is the interior design. A rustic milieu with wooden tables, exposed brick and warm lighting makes this an attractive retreat off of the crude Junction Road. It has 'bean' around for almost a year now and is without a doubt setting a higher standard for the neighbourhood.
As with all respectable joints these days, they also have complimentary Wi-Fi. You can also follow the Twitter account, @BreadandBean37. So head on over with a buddy or a good book and support your local café.