This cafe is well worth the hike up Dartmouth Park Hill from Tufnell Park tube station – or, if you’re approaching from Gospel Oak, a hearty strut across Chetwynd Road.
Friendly owners Simon and Kellee met at an Upper Holloway NCT class in early 2012, and refitted what is now Crick’s Corner last summer. Previously, it had been a newsagent – until that shut a couple of years back. Now a truly sunny spot, there’s a big window or two, an eating counter, and a small second room to lounge about in.
The pair decided to restore its historical name – so-called after Albert Crick’s lending library and bookshop which ran until the 1950s – and so customers are encouraged to borrow and leave tomes as a respectful nod to its past.But to accompany that well-thumbed novel? Why, strong espresso from Climpson & Sons, fresh bread daily from Spence bakery on Fortess Road, and a lunch menu comprising things like meatball subs, healthy daily soups (such as kale, edamame and chilli), home-made cakes and other baked goods.
But right now we’re obsessed with their deceptively simple chicken, avocado and aioli on sourdough: really garlicky, the breast tender and moist, it’s a midday winner.
There are also stems by local florist Bloom & Burn and art and products made by various members of the local community. New for this spring? Dining and drinking events in the evening – so watch this space.
If this part of the area is unknown to you, we suggest you take a hike up there this weekend and, after lunch, check out the underrated view from the reservoir too.