Its not just about booze folks! Oh no, I am also of the strong belief that coffee is an equally essential nectar of life. Especially if it is a smooth flat white with excellent latte art. (I was once given a Christmas gift of enrolment on a latte art course by En Brogue ……unfortunately I still end up with a non-descript white blob when I try and make my own!).
So I decided that Grenson’s second adventure would be to a coffee shop. As I’m still having to do a Paris Hilton (carrying him around in my arms), and also, as Grenson is definitely getting heavier, I was very lucky that the coffee shop I had in mind was just around the corner from home.
Arlo and Moe have been providing quality coffee to Brockley residents since 2012, and so it was with much excitement to Hither Green espresso lovers when rumours surfaced that they were to open a new branch in our little corner of London. In late October this year the doors finally opened and the newest addition to the burgeoning H.G. cafe culture was welcomed with open arms.
Luckily it wasn’t too full when we visited and we managed to get a chair by the large front window, which kept Grenson very happy as he watched the world go by. In future (and warmer days) there is also a rear garden for extra seating as well as seats outside the front of the cafe.
I indulged in a delicious slice of chocolate brownie (well it is almost Christmas) as well as the customary flat white (brewed on a Rancilio machine for all you coffee officionados). As well as the plentiful cakes there are also hearty lunches on offer including warming soups and stews, sausage rolls, and a very enticing looking frittata.
According to their Facebook page they are even starting burger nights, with the first one tonight (9th Dec). (Unfortunately tables are all booked up, but maybe a take away will be in order?).
The overall vibe gives off a cool retro feel, with my personal favourite touch being the quirky salt and pepper shakers – there are different ones on each table.
Grenson seemed to very much enjoy himself, especially the various loving glances and cooing attention that he received from fellow diners and staff. It’s safe to say that we are both very happy to have such a great little coffee shop on our doorstep. Thankfully we were told we were welcome back anytime. No need to worry on that score, I think it’s safe to assume that we’ll be regulars….and lets face it, it’s not like I’ll be producing my own latte art anytime soon!