At the King Cross end of ‘the Cally’, you are invited to DRINK; from a choice of teas, wines and cocktails; SHOP for quirky retro treasures; and DO a range of crafty courses.
The cafe space is bright and airy – the former chill-out zone of a Victorian Turkish bathhouse – with a lovely skylight. The furnishings (all for sale) are a delightful and colourful hotch-potch of junk shop finds – 1950’s formica and grandma’s best china. The atmosphere is warm and informal. Girly but not prissy, art school-cool but not pretentious.
The choice of tea at Drink Shop & Do is impressive. I counted 28, with seven types of green tea alone. Prices from £2, to £3.80 for the ‘Green Maharani with Saffron and Papaya’.
Faced with all this exotica, I had a fancy for a nice pot of Yorkshire tea (the only tea bag on menu). This was very fine and refreshing cup of tea, which ‘hit the spot’ in a most pleasing way.
I visited at lunch time, so had a (melt-in-the-mouth) cream cheese and cucumber sandwich, lovely and fresh, on white sliced bread with the crusts cut off. There are various versions of afternoon teas on offer, from £18 per person. There is even one for the fellas featuring a pint of ale, scotch egg, pork pie and a Yorkie bar.
|Price of a Cuppa :||£2 pot of Yorkshire Tea|
|Leaf or Bag :||Bag – but everything else leaf|
|Crockery :||Delightful mix of vintage crockery|
|Music :||Interesting mix from juke box|
|Service :||Really sweet|
|Address:||Drink Shop & Do
9 Caledonian Road London
|Website:||Drink, Shop and Do|
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