So hidden away is this café housed in the ground floor of a diamond-cutting factory that it escapes the notice even of long-time locals. But there’s no need to advertise: casual brunching couples, solo diners and a raucous birthday celebration filled the cute cobbled courtyard one sunny summer Sunday, bunting and lights strung up overhead. Indoors, the exposed brickwork lends an air of factory-chic.
Some of the young crowd had already started cracking into Aperol spritzes, but most were indulging in hearty breakfast fare and the own-made cakes, accompanied by a large mug of tea. All produce is carefully sourced, often locally. Part café and part bar, J&A aims to focus on ‘healthy and wholesome home-cooking and baking’, and to emphasise the point, rustic breads and own-made baked goods adorn its counter.
Eggs benedict arrived quickly, though the muffin was too tough to cut through; thick slices of Irish soda bread were swiftly brought as a replacement. Lunch choices include sandwiches, pies, quiche and salads, while bar snacks focus on simple small plates such as ham and mustard sauce.