Food was tasty but service was terrible, 5 girls "working" there, well 3 of them cooing over a baby and the other two giving each other shoulder massages, asked for a cold slice of quiche, all they needed to do was put it on a plate as it was already portioned, but that was too difficult for them to cope with. Reminded them 20 mins later and eventually someone brought over a warmed up (on the outside) slice, the middle was cold though, so at least they got that bit right lol Won't ever go back even though I pass it every day on my way to the station.
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Time Out says
Posted: Fri Oct 19 2012
It may have a less-than-perfect location in full view of the exodus of commuters from Balham station, but stepping into Trinity Stores is like being transported to a country kitchen – a city dweller’s take on a country kitchen, that is. There’s an assortment of farmhouse chairs; tables are set with fresh daisies or jam jars of brown sugar. These days, the place is less ‘store’ than café, with essentials in the chiller (from bacon and eggs to salad leaves and sausages) and a basketful of artisanal loaves and french pastries; most visitors come here to eat, not shop. The cooking is solid, rather than sensational, mixing perennial favourites (such as posh scotch eggs and quiches) with a selection of own-made picnic goodies. Our large, caramel-coloured sausage roll had a crunchy, slightly chewy pastry crust and a dense, beautifully seasoned middle. A tart with a crumbly, buttery base topped with morsels of soft green pepper and slices of thick pan-fried chorizo was equally delicious. By contrast, a salad of soft pearl barley with kidney beans and chunks of roasted veg (red peppers, courgettes, aubergines) needed a sharp vinaigrette to lift it, rather than a plain olive oil dressing. Breakfasts are popular, as are the staff: as sweet as the cake counter.
Trinity Stores 5-6 Balham Station Road
- Venue phone:
020 8673 3773
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 8am-7pm Mon-Fri; 9am-5.30pm Sat; 9.30am-5pm Sun
Tube: Balham tube/rail
Main courses £3.75-£9.55
- 5-6 Balham Station Road
- 020 8673 3773
- 5-6 Balham Station Road
- Trinity Stores
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
I used to live this place. Maybe they were having an off day last week when I popped in for lunch but ... Fritters that were crisp on the outside but uncooked thick floury batter within, a pickled cucumber salad that was saltier than the Dead Sea and another salad with enough strong raw onion to guarantee no kisses for a week. I did mention the salt issue when I was paying and was told they were steeped in vinegar. Erm vinegar's not the same as salt. Shrug. Ping. Charged full price. Questioned bill. Given 20p off! Incredible. Ps I love salt - chorizo, olives, soy, seaweed ... Yum.
Absolutely delicious passion fruit cake, been many times and definitely will go many more! Incredibly friendly staff - but hard to get a table though!
Best breakfast ever. Really hit the spot! Good vibe and friendly staff. Could stay there all day. Hats off Trinity!!!
Fabulous food, coffee, etc all excellent all round. Great buzz from staff , happy, funky friendly feel. Well done !!!
A great example of a business changing with the times. It is disappointing that I cannot buy pasta and chutney anymore but still a treat to be greeted by smiling girls and the salads and soups are delicious. It is an unpretentious place that is welcoming and bright. A wonderful atmosphere that has become my second office. Looking forward to what the future holds for this lovely community cafe that genuinely cares for their customers. Best bacon butty in Balham!
Trinity Stores was a great outfit when it first opened but is rapidly going downhill and turning into a regular unremarkable cafe. The food is expensive without being anything special. The staff often seem to be on their first day on the job - not knowing the prices for anything or not knowing how to work the till. Today the music that is normally playing in the cafe was replaced by radio 1, marking the beginning of the end for what was once a great place to eat drink and shop.