The Spoke was opened in 2014 by the owner of Bread and Bean, another successful coffee place in the area, and filled a space of a former Angie's pub on Holloway Road.
At Spoke, you truly feel at home. Only, a better version of home – cleaner and brighter. At the same time, Spoke is a casual and cosy place with its squishy sofas, wooden tables and small details like colourful cutlery and eye-catching posters on the walls. The restaurant is located on Holloway road, just across the road from the Whittington Park, a popular location for the neighbourhood cyclists. Spoke is also perfect for the early birds, either coming back from a park workout, or those in a hurrying to work: the place opens at 7:30 am on weekdays, and is a lovely place to get some coffee on your way to the tube.
Spoke is a place relevant at any time of the day. The menu is simple, offering a traditional breakfast set served until 4 pm (because who says breakfast is just a morning meal?), which includes various versions of egg on toast, English breakfast, porridge and French toast. There is also some excellent coffees available for £2.50 for a cup. The lunch menu offers things like salads and sandwiches, all quickly prepared, fresh and just like mom used to make.
Finally, the thing Spoke is most well-known for is its burger menu. Considered a part of the evening menu but, in fact, available throughout the day, all Spoke's burgers are sheer perfection with their golden brioche buns, homemade toppings and original sauces. Burgers come without a side but you can pick any from the menu for an additional price of £3 - £4. All food, including burgers, lunch and breakfast, costs around £8 without additional sides and toppings.
With its welcoming working schedule from 7:30am till 12am, the place hosts all kinds of customers, including morning sports lovers, busy students coming for a cup of coffee and an hour of study and those who come for a late-night dinner and/or drinks. The latter group can enjoy a good range of craft beers and a laconic wine list, as well as a cocktail menu, offering all-time classics (£7) and signature cocktails with enticing names like 'Lemon Meringue Pie', 'Chamomile Sour' or 'A Heated Affair' and many others (all £8).
Overall, the atmosphere of the place is great. There is always some relaxing music playing in the background, the staff is smiling and friendly, which just makes you want to keep coming back. Whatever place you are at in the day, Spoke is always a good answer for a food break issue.