The Elgin

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Maida Vale

The few patrons in place on a Thursday mid-afternoon were dawdling luxuriously in this big, airy neighbourhood hangout, and it was a treat to join them. This is not just a coffee place. It’s an ex-boozer, and alcohol still features prominently. As does a short menu bringing in international touches alongside more traditional pub grub, such as a sausage sandwich, in this case using bangers from the renowned Ginger Pig butcher.

Nearly everything is made on the premises, including bread, and when something has to be bought in, the barista said, it’s a form of ‘cheating’. Beans come from Coleman Coffee, and alongside the house espresso blend there are single-estate coffees – rare in espresso. The barista wasn’t satisfied with his first two attempts for geeky technical reasons, so he persevered – and the third one was glorious, with bright berry notes. His perfectionism sums up a lot about this gem. Maida Valeites should cherish it.

Venue name: The Elgin
Contact:
Address: 255 Elgin Avenue
London
W9 1NJ
Opening hours: Open 8am-11:30pm Mon-Thurs; 8am-midnight Fri; 9am-midnight Sat; 9:30am-11:30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Maida Vale

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Rosie A
moderatorTastemakerStaff Writer

Came to meet my brother here on the weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find this shoreditch-esque pub/eatery/drinkery right by Maida Vale tube station. Love the decor in here - especially the loungey leather sofas at the back - perfect for a lazy gossip and a catch up. 


Food here was excellent - I had the full English, my bro had the burger. Both were top notch. Good beers on tap, and they also make a mean cuppa. Elgin loses one star because I thought the service was a bit off - think they need to work on being a bit more friendly - I'm not much of a fan of being told off for coming to order at the bar (when we were waiting for a good 10 minutes and you still didn't come to serve us). It doesn't especially matter in the big scheme of things if we order at the bar, right? I hope this doesn't sound pretentious BUT.... smily, friendly staff make all the difference and this place didn't cut the mustard in that respect. 


Anyhow, 4 stars regardless because it has a great feel, love the decor and the food was top bananas.

Izzy

OMG! What a discovery. So these guys have got it sewn up, there is nowhere round these leafy streets of Maida Vale that can touch them, Antipodean Coffee, Gourmet Brunch & silly amounts of Craft Beers, great Wine List to boot. Staff super friendly & attentive. First time in Maida Vale for work and will definately make it a destination on the weekends.

Per

Lovely place, great location and food and coffee is really good. 1/2 the waiting staff is however not very good and some need a lesson in hygiene, the other 1/2 is great so a bit of a hit and miss. 5 stars if they improved the staff and were a bit more flexible with their menus as they don't accept any minor changes.

Vero

We love the food in this place. Particularly the Brunch on Sundays. The room is airy and full of natural light. However the very slow service (be prepared to wait at least 1 hour when the place is not even full!) and continuos tantrums, lateness and princess like behaviour of the Head Chef is about to cost this lovely place a couple of punters (a couple of weeks ago she stormed into the main room demanding she was not sent any more orders! Loud and clear for all customer to hear! last weekend at least we were warned that there may be a delay in cooking our order). The coffee again, is of very good quality but if you are in desperate need of your caffeine fix...grab a coffee on your way. The waiting staff could not be nicer! but show signs of fear if you ask them to change something in the dish...as they will have to ask the Chef.

Jane Lovel

This place rules. Great all day brunch, amazingly friendly staff and some of the best coffee I've had in London. Such a gem and a well overdue addition to the Maida Vale are. Keep up the great work!

Foodude

Superb! This place rules my life right now, beautiful decor, gorgeous food, fine selection of wines & Beers. Not a lot to challenge this place currently in Maida Vale, but I think when other Venues come along The Elgin will still lead the way. Great for early eve drinks & nibbles & Brunch everyday. Staff tad laid back but it suits & adds to the experience.

John Quinn

London's only all day cafe without a working free WIFI?? Go figure!! Most of the food sold at the Elgin is caked in mayonnaise. Revolting. The only edible offering is the burger but that comes with a bizarre cabbage and horse radish salad, again drowning in mayo - yuck! It took three attempts for them to to get me the burger I ordered without cheese so nearly an hour for lunch to arrive. When these failings were brought to the attention of the manager he got weird and border line aggressive! Oh, and the coffee they brag about - it tastes like it was pulled out of a waste disposal unit Give this place a wide berth.

Rob Davies

Much needed revamp of a tired boozer, with great all day offer from Coffee early doors thru lunch, dinner & late drinks, great food and drink offer, service impeccable. Welcome W9 to the future.