East Twenty Bar – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Saw this place when we visited the ArcelorMittal Orbit a few weeks ago and I knew we’d go back, it has a good amount of outdoor seating but as sunny we sat on the grass opposite to enjoy the weather and watch the cormorants.

I had a decaf latte and a raspberry and almond slice whilst Kerry had a macchiato and WP_20150614_003an oat and chocolate cookie. Only £8.95 in total which is a bargain given the location really, and the choice was good, they also do meals if you want something more substantial. The coffees were nice, the latte was very smooth and pretty much perfect. Kerry’s only complaint was the size of hers, not helped by the fact it was in a standard sized cup so appeared smaller than it was! Next time she says she will try something else, I have get her onto some frothy coffee at some stage.

WP_20150614_004The raspberry and almond slice was lovely, really big slice too, so big I only ate half and then carefully wrapped the other half to eat when we got home. Kerry only really nibbled at the cookie and brought it home and ate the next day, it left no real impression on her and would not have another.

We will go again as it is a really nice area and it holds a special place to us as after drinking the coffee whilst relaxing on the grass I proposed. So as well the coffee, cake and kissed had the bonus of a ring added to the end.

Sacred Café – Ganton Street

This is just off Carnaby Street and weather was a little inclement, but for that it wasn’t chock full and we got a seat inside but with good view outside. The ‘we’ being myself and Alice (niece) as Kerry has been unable to attend coffee far from home for a little while.

Alice had some kind of posh warm sandwich and a latte and I had a cheese, ham and tomato toastie and a decaf latte. Reasonable prices, about £13 all told. Service was a little lacklustre and not with a smile. The food came before the drinks and in total took four trips, sure anyone can carry two drinks at the same time?

We both found the food to be disappointing, mine in particular looked like it had been built by those at Kookies and Kream – it was that ‘basic’, and for a toastie rather lukewarm too. We did both like the coffee though and thought the cake selection looked nice soif there was a next time we would be less savoury and try those next time instead.

The location is quite handy, not far from the main shops, and good for people watching. It was clean and has a good sized basement area with comfy looking seats. Not sure I would bother to try again as there are many more places to go but there may be reason to go in the future, I’d just be more choosy on the food and more proactive on requesting my drink arrives quicker.