Even during busy times, when all of E9 seems to have dropped in to this park café, staff maintain their smiles and efficiency. Customers queue for food inside the small domed pavilion, then grab a seat (there are loads) looking out over the boating lake. The Pavilion is run by the people behind Elliot’s (see pxx) and the menu is a cut-above (though you can still get a tea for £1); own-made bread is also for sale. Interesting salads might be mackerel with beetroot, chicory and a (slightly overwhelming) horseradish dressing; doorstep sandwiches are the likes of salt beef with cucumber pickle and kolrabi coleslaw.
Brunch and breakfast items include eggs florentine, royale and benedict, bacon (with optional egg) sandwiches, and three variations on the fry-up. The veggie version is a pricey £9, and was pretty good (just-right spinach, mushroom and tomato, a neat fried egg on lovely sourdough, tasty bubble and squeak), but the own-made beans are an acquired taste. There are cakes and puddings too: milk chocolate and grapefruit pudding was a super moist chocolatey sponge, but had little citrus flavour. Drinks run from apple juice to Camden Town Brewery bottled beers.