I LOVE this place! Their coffee is better than any I've tasted in London, the cakes are original, fresh and delicious, and the sandwiches are flawless with exceptional fresh bread and fillings. But aside from this, the owners have somehow managed to reinvigorate an area of Dalston that had lost all sense of community. You can see the work they've put in and nothing is overlooked. I spend an awful lot of time in Mouse and Delotz and the staff are friendly, fun and attentive (even helping me to a table when I broke my foot!). I'm a very satisfied regular!
Mouse & De Lotz
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Time Out says
Posted: Thu Jul 29 2010
So many lovely neighbourhood cafés and delis have opened in Hackney that they scarcely provoke a raised eyebrow any more, still less one raised over a delicate vintage china cup of tea.
Despite their ubiquity, they all have their particular strengths; Mouse & de Lotz’s are its very decent prices and its fabulous tea loaf. Already, it’s garnered plenty of heartfelt appreciation from the locals for helping to colonise a corner of Dalston that even those with the grittiest urban sensibility would admit could do with a clean-up.
If you’re wondering about the name, it’s derived from the surnames of cheerful proprietors Nadia Mousawi and Victoria de Lotz.
The renovated storefront and clean Farrow & Ball aesthetic are country kitchen agreeable, with old milk bottles and mouse-eared prints giving it real character.
The coffees (brewed from Square Mile Coffee Roasters’ current seasonal espresso blend) are well made and there are several snacks for children, too (clearly labelled on the menu) – Marmite sandwiches, say, or own-made houmous with soldiers.
The only limitation is that most of the food is bread- or flour-based (the own-made yoghurt and a good, crunchy granola, aside), from salt beef bagels to cheese on toast via teacakes, cakes and sarnies.
But a houmous, sun-dried tomato and salad sandwich was tasty and generously filled, while a tiffin (a no-bake chocolate biscuit cake) was satisfyingly gingery.
Despite having only opened a month ago, its cute parcel-tag loyalty cards are already being regularly stamped with the café’s signature mouse icon.
Mouse & De Lotz 103 Shacklewell Lane
- Venue phone:
020 3489 8082
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 8am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat; 10-5pm Sun
Tube: Dalston Kingsland or Hackney Downs rail, or Dalston Junction overground
Light meal for two with drinks: around £20
Mouse & De Lotz
- 103 Shacklewell Lane
- 020 3489 8082
- 103 Shacklewell Lane
- Mouse & De Lotz
Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
Super cute cafe tucked away down a side street. Haven't had any food yet but it always looks good when it goes by. Can definitely say the coffee is delicious though! As for the staff, not sure what everyone is going on about, they've always been perfectly polite to me. All in all a nice little neighbourhood place, good for curling up with a book or meeting with a mate.
Love it here. Food is thought about and delicious. Cakes are handmade and bloomin' gorgeous. It's little and very nicely done out. Small but has a big heart. Has made massive improvements to an area that needed it. Catch a supper club there if you can! Tickets sell out fast. This place deserves plenty of kudos and custom.
It ought to be nice but the service is just awful. I live opposite so went soon after the opened. Terrible service - slow, chaotic - but I let it pass because, well, they had just opened. Teething trouble. Still painting the back room. Went back a few months later, the service was still grim. Long, long wait for a coffee despite the place being tiny and hardly busy. Tried again recently and, no better. It turns out they set their own standard when they opened and have not managed to better it. Three coffees arrived, eventually, in slow succession. Several staff faffing and looking harrassed even though they only had about ten customers in the place (which is tiny, so that's quite a lot, but one person should be able handle it easily and two or three is way more than enough). I can only conclude that these people simply have no idea how to run a cafe, and never go to anyone else's, because anyone who has been a customer knows at least the basic things about what constitutes decent service. Such as bringing everyone's coffee at roughly the same time. So, cute interior but relentlessly disappointing. Which is a shame because it would be lovely to have decent cafe to wander across the road to.
I go here often and the staff are always lovely. The cakes are all homemade and to die for, especially the courgette cake!! A truely lovely coffee shop.
Wonderful cafe - the coffee is to die for - best in London except for Fred and Fran just up the road in Stokey.
Awful staff, clearly annoyed they are "serving" people. Serving not being the operative word, appalling service.