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The Counter Cafe

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British, Australian, Eclectic, New Zealand
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7 Roach Road, London E3 2PA, England (Formerly The Counter)
+44 (0) 7834 275 920
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: An independent canal-side cafe & roastery in Hackney Wick. "If the Counter...
An independent canal-side cafe & roastery in Hackney Wick. "If the Counter could lay eggs, it would"
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  • 12
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best veggie breakfast I've ever had

Visited for the first time today with our daughter who lives nearby. Quirky, amazing food, great music, nice view of canal and Olympic stadium. It was very busy and we had to queue about 20 minutes but the staff dealt with the rush very well and it was well worth the wait. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
jmh61
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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35 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Visited for the first time today with our daughter who lives nearby. Quirky, amazing food, great music, nice view of canal and Olympic stadium. It was very busy and we had to queue about 20 minutes but the staff dealt with the rush very well and it was well worth the wait. Highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I relally like this caffee, food is tasty and fresh, locaion is absolutely great, right in the heart of hackney and just by the river, the ambience is exactly what I like - merged with the spirit of the art gallery. I really like going there for my Sunday breakfast. The only criticism I have is that I can't see... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

My wife and I have lived in the area for years. We even travel along the canal past these places but have never gone in until today. Saw it last night and thought we'd give this a blast. This cafe is, like most of the places around here, a hipster-ville special. We're not hipsters - I don't even have a... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Been living almost next door for 7 years and seen it expand and move premises. Amazing , spacious venue and good location but useless staff, that appear to have no clue or experience in working in a cafe / restauraunt environment. Ridiculously Slow and too cool for school. Have actually walked out a few times once for for waiting 50... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I'm a local, so I would love to love this place. However, the truth is that despite serving one of the best breakfasts I've ever had, for every 3 trips I make…I get served breakfast once…Closed for a photoshoot, out of breakfast, closed early, full…I've found a much more reliable breakfast in the Moka East Café on the Greenway…Just as... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Hopeless, hopeless, hopeless. Which is a shame, because this place has such HUGE potential. The service is as lousy as it gets, I'm afraid. Why, in the three years that I have been living nearby, this place has not improved I will never know. Run by hipsters, who seem to have little training. Expect to wait at least 50 mins... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Popped in on my way to local train station for a takeaway coffee. This cafe is inside the art gallery Stour Space. Its part of the gentrification of Fish Island in Hackney Wick which pre the Olympics was very run down. Gave my order and paid a reasonable £1.80 (This is Hipster Hackney Wick).While I was standing there a customer... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

First visited this cafe about 3-4 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed my stays. But now it is on the downhill slope. The last few times I went was rather disappointing and I actually stopped going now. Saturday and Sunday lunchtime they are so packed you find it very difficult to find a place to sit. But even when they are... More 

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258 reviews 258 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

So that's a very tight outdoors seating area, part of it rocks a bit (since it floats). Somebody has to clean the mess under the non floating platform. Also their espressos could have been less sour. Cakes were good.

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Once again the Counter Cafe comes up hipster trumps with superb coffee - roasted on site - and the best scrambled eggs! I forgive the hipsters however and will grow a beard! Its location on the canal and views of the Olympic park are wonderful.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Roach Road, London E3 2PA, England (Formerly The Counter)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 (0) 7834 275 920

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 13
  • Cuisine: British, Australian, Eclectic, New Zealand

Description

An independent canal-side cafe & roastery in Hackney Wick. "If the Counter could lay eggs, it would"
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?