A noticeboard crammed with adverts for gardeners and yoga classes reinforces Blue Legume’s local vibe. You get the sense that everyone eating here lives within a five-minute radius. Weekends see a younger crowd healing hangovers with a standard breakfast menu. Grilled cumberland sausages, crispy hash browns, tiny button mushrooms, smoked bacon, a perfectly poached egg and a dollop of baked beans populated a generous plate. Thick scotch pancakes soaked up a pool of maple syrup, while the scrambled eggs were rich with cream. The coffee was served too hot, and could have been better brewed, but it did the trick. Order the delicious fresh orange juice or a vegetable juice for a healthy counterpart to the all-day breakfast.
Blue Legume also does lunch and dinner, offering everything from burgers to lamb shank with mash. A small conservatory out the back is light and verdant and there are with street side tables out front. Staff, although obviously busy, were friendly and responsive. There are now three Blue Legumes, in Stokey, Islington and, the newest, Crouch End.