The lower stretch of Kentish Town Road is now well on its way to be becoming a kind of indie cafe central.
That’s not to say that it hasn’t taken its time. Bintang has been there for a langorous quarter century, although eighteen months ago totally reinvented its interior and offer. A few years back it was joined by Arancini Brothers, the smash hit modern diner that’s rammed throughout the day (and has since expanded to Dalston and the City). In its wake popped up rustic Italian coffee merchants Doppio, and the chilled-out bohemian Guanabana Cafe (alongside its more established sister next door). Finally, Zing Zing’s posh Chinese takeaway joined the throng earlier this year. And we know what a mighty response that got from readers.
Next up? Cutely named Two Doors Down, a micro artisan coffee joint and bakery, which, from Monday 26th May, will be brewing up at 73 Kentish Town Road.
Owner Klara Bernatt-William will serve east London-based Allpress roasted beans (Redchurch Blend), plus loose leaf tea and hot chocolate. And lots of treats: tray bakes, cookies, custard filled brioche buns, gluten-free orange and almond cake, dark chocolate tarts. “But there’ll be savoury items too,” she says. “Things like homemade quail’s egg sausage roll, and a variety of topped toasts, such as beetroot and goat’s cheese, or avocado and tabasco.” A selection of breads from an artisan bakery will also for sale on Saturdays.
She and partner Rich hope that by opening on a Bank Holiday they’ll give locals the opportunity to pop in throughout the course of the day.
“Our plan is to have a different deal each day of our opening week (including the weekend), with a few extra deals too. So basically there’ll be lots of freebies and money off,” she says. “In addition we’ll also have interactive activities and events, as a way of sharing our passion for coffee and the community with locals.”