Sitting on the top deck of the 91 bus one day, my Dad proclaimed that everything on the Cally is called ‘Caledonian’. He has a point. Caledonian Dry cleaners, Caledonian Kebabs, Caledonian Internet solutions.
The caff opposite the prison has it’s own idea – the ‘Breakout’. I imagine a tunnel leading to egg, chips, and a cuppa – the first taste of freedom!.
One day, I spot a new shop; freshly painted in slate-grey with bare woodwork and white tiles. I wait for a name to appear. Nothing for a while, then a small, hand-written sign in the window – ‘Scambled Eggs with Pancetta’. Hey a cafe! They will have tea!
On investigation it is really delightful. A lovely, bright space, simply furnished, with a laid back vibe and Johnny Cash playing in the background; the Man-in-Black, in the Caff-with-No-Name.
My pot of Twinings English Breakfast was served in a chunky white china pot and pretty cup. A carafe of water with fresh mint and lemon was brought to the table without asking, which was a much appreciated touch on a humid London afternoon.
I asked the girl who served me what the place is called and she said ‘327’; the street number. They don’t have a website. So how do you find it? It is on the left, coming from Kings X; opposite Caledonian Road and Barnsbury Station, next door to Caledonian Joinery, and not as far as Cally Pets. I hope I don’t go past next week and find they have renamed it the Caledonian Cafe.
‘327’ is open till 9.30 and offers fantastic sounding Italian food, including risotto.
The Place-with-no-name, now has a name – CUCINA 327
327 Caledonian Road is now has a painted sign: Cucina 327. Thanks to the lovely Dina at Rate My Bistro for letting me know.
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