I have unilaterally decided that there is no one else as dedicated as me in the search for something new in London. Â Last weekend involvedÂ traipsingÂ around the Docklands to go to The Counter Cafe and its new offshoot (here) and this weekend involved waking up at 9:00am to cycle with some diversions via Blackheath, Greenwich and Wapping 21 miles to Exchange Coffee in Lewisham.
I mean, when we met Neil and Lynsey (a bit about them on their blog here) and they asked where we had cycled from, we said The Barbican, even they said “why didn’t you go to Dose Espresso“.Â That said I am really glad we put in the effort. Â I won’t speak about theÂ beauty of Lewisham (as it isn’t really too evident) but it is a “real” area with a “proper” street market. Â And more enticingly Greenwich with all its glory is just a touch away.
More importantly, the coffee. Well after a very long journey on an empty stomach we were expectant and they delivered. Â A great simple flat white with the taste of the coffee shining out. Â Given that we also appeared like absolute nutters to cycle all that way we got into a discussion with Neil and Lynsey who are (i) very knowledgable and (ii) very friendly. Â We ended up with a variety of tips on how to do a stove top coffee properly (water which is already boiling is the key) and an interesting discussion of a new roaster they had found who using the same beans as Square Mile but treats them a little differently (called Coffee Real).
This was all complemented by the Sausage Man right next door. Â Now the Sausage Man isÂ acclaimedÂ to be Lewisham’s best stall, the best German sausage in London, Time Out’s choice etc. etc. etc.. Â In the end it is crusty reprocessed death knelled German wurst in bread with lots of ketchup, Â sauerkraut and mustard. Â Just about perfect for two hungry cyclists on an early Saturday morning. Â Not diversion worthy though.
Price – ÂŁ2 for a flat white and ÂŁ2.50 for a sausage