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The Counter Cafe

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Australian, Eclectic, British, New Zealand
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The Counter Cafe
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7 Roach Road, London E3 2PA, England
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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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Hours:
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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  • 10
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
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  • 4
    Terrible
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
Bit of an Art Attack

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2014
Rory MacLean M
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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193 reviews 193 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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berkshire
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The first time I went I thought what a fantastic place in a bit of old Hackney next to the River Lee (canal?). A very chic feel and I felt part of the 'in crowd'. It serves a range of nice foods and drinks and cakes and it's fab to sit on the floating patio with views of the river... More 

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hakonlever, Public Relations Manager at The Counter Cafe, responded to this review

We are very sorry about the smell! This is very rare. Your 2 stars though makes our cafe drop in popularity online. If you are a regular and have visited us with great smells(!) - is it possible to change the stars to maybe.. 3? Peace & love, Hakon, Counter Cafe More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

What a shame to find that many of the negative comments on here are justified. Had a Monday breakfast so we were two out of maximum six in the place. Man at counter declined to say hello as we arrived and stared, acting as if I was crazy to be making pleasant conversation. Eggs Benedict was ok but the muffin... More 

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hakonlever, Public Relations Manager at The Counter Cafe, responded to this review

We are so sorry. You are more than welcome (and should feel welcome!) anytime. If you show this reply you can have a free coffee in our cafe next time. Again, so sorry. Hakon More 

London
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Don't go here if you're in a hurry. The food is great; the veggie breakfast is my current favourite, featuring egg (scrambled, fried or poached) on toast, mushroom in balsamic, home-made baked beans, spinach and tomatoes. Eggs Benedict is good too. Ask for a large flat white and a fresh orange juice and take your time. Various pies with salad... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Unfortunately the reviews below sum up my experience with counter cafe. I arrived and the queue was not too long, so off to a good start. I ordered my drinks and french toast and went to the table to wait for food. The orange juice was delicious but the iced coffee was disappointing - a thimble of filter coffee with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Title says it all really been coming here since well before the Olympics it's still a great venue and very relaxed, perhaps too relaxed, first plate of veggie breakfast turned up very fast but most items were stone cold had to ask for the food to be remade it came back 10 mins later during which time I had also... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Exellent atmosphere & delicious food! Very good location by the canal; in hot days this cafe is the right place to visit when you are in eastern London. Greetings from Norway!

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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 - 14
  • Cuisine: Australian, Eclectic, British, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?