Notes – Canary Wharf Crossrail

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Although Crossrail may not be opening until 2018 the retail space WP_20150919_001above it is open already. There is a rather smart garden on the top floor, which was a tad chilly when we went but the coffee was tucked underneath and nice and cosy.

Kerry had a cortado and a croissant whilst I had a decaf latte and pain aux raisin. Total price was £10 which felt a little steep – the coffees were reasonable at £2.40 and £2.80 respectively making the pasties £5 between them.

They bring the coffee over to you and your number is marked on a bag of coffee, which is cool, even if our number was Kerry’s least favourite (not sure she noticed to be honest).

The coffees were not the biggest, but looked well presented – I am always impressed when mine comes in a glass. Mine tasted nice, it was strong but a little bitter so took the edge off with a little brown sugar. Kerry liked hers too, I thought she wouldn’t but was pleasantly surprised when she said it was nice – I thought it might be a bit too posh / Rapha-like for her.WP_20150919_003

We both liked the pastries, baked on-site and clearly very fresh. Could have eaten several pain aux raisin, not sticky or sickly sweet, just ace.

It was a little cramped and although not full it didn’t feel that you could sit and relax for too long in case others wanted the table. Kerry would have liked a toilet there too, there are some quite close by but easier if nearer the coffee! Being a dinosaur geek Kerry also liked that they had Jurassic Park playing – so she had a goofy grin on her face most of the time.

I think we’ll be going back as we both like Canary Wharf and Crossrail will get us to / from the coffee rather quickly.

Craft – o2

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After an adventurous walk up and over the dome (brilliant, try it if you get the chance) we wanted a recovery coffee and rather than the Starbucks or Costa close by we wandered over to Craft. It is a restaurant / bar as well as a purveyor of coffee but we only wanted to indulge in the latter.WP_20150912_045

Kerry had an Americano and I ad a latte, and we decided to share a WP_20150912_043 (2)brownie as we wanted to leave space for pizza later on. The other food available looked equally tempting, all hand made, probably on site too. My latte was really nice, strong but smooth, a little sugar just to make it go down easier – a little too easy as it didn’t last long.

Kerry didn’t enjoy the Americano too much, her exact words were “like Rapha” which is her code for too bitter and will not be having again. She powered through though as she’d rather have horrible coffee than no coffee at all.

WP_20150912_044 (2)The brownie was nice, it had a defined crunch to the top and a soft inner, not quite soft and chewy enough, but filled the gap.

Staff were friendly and the place was tidy and sparse but cool. Given the opinion on the coffee I can;t see Kerry wanting to visit again but it wasn’t a bad experience, for one thing you can sit and watch people walking over the dome and the myriad of people pass who are there for various reasons.