The Find: This has got to be one of the best cafes in East London.... smack bang in the middle of an industrial estate.... The Counter Cafe provides a welcome retreat from the dust and noise outside.

Bare-brick walls, reclaimed wood tables, raw plastering - it all sounds a little unfinished. But that's what gives this place it's charm. Sit in the room to the right of the entrance and you're bound to enjoy peering through a hole in the wall to read the menu. The vintage cinema seats will catch your eye too.

They serve a brunch-esque menu which should tickle your taste buds - bacon baguettes with homemade relish, scrambled eggs with chorizo and french toast with fried banana. You can also tuck into a range of pastries and homemade sarnies.

The coffee will bring a smile to your face too ... the ever-popular combination of a La Marzocco charged with Square Mile beans is a pleasing sight. It seems that the kiwi's have done themselves proud once again.

The Counter Cafe is open 7 days a week for coffee and food. They hold a tapas night on a Thursday too - definately one to put in the diary.

This cafe certainly takes some finding....
but it's well worth the journey....

Where: 4a Roach Road, Hackney Wick, London, E3 2PA

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