It’s not enough to open a café in east London that simply offers decent food and drink. Oh no, it’s got to be multipurpose – with resident cats, an art gallery, yoga studio or a pay-per-minute schtick. By this standard, Tuckshop is low-key, merely sharing the same Victorian arch as White Rabbit photography studio; the corridor-like café with raw brick walls and hanging plants leads on to the artists’ designated area.
From behind a counter on wheels, chef and tattoo artist Magnus Reid prepares a changing menu of brunch and lunch dishes. On our lunch visit there was avocado on toast stacked high and garnished with chilli and lemon juice; almond granola with yogurt and fruit; and generously sized baguettes filled with delicate, herby, smoked mackerel pâté with plenty of watercress.
The simple selection of dishes here is undoubtedly good, but it’s just a little pricey – a ham and cheese toastie, or mackerel baguette will set you back £7. On the plus side, they’re big.
Magnus Reid is fresh from a stint at the Rooftop Café in London Bridge, where he garnered much praise for his cooking; his latest venture is unlikely to cause quite the same stir. But Tuckshop is a good place for a spot of people-watching as you tuck into your brunch or lunch – we spotted a toy dog in a parka jacket on our visit (with its owner, that is).
471-473 The Arches
|Opening hours:||Open 8am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat, Sun.|
|Transport:||Shoreditch High Street Overground or Old Street tube/rail|
|Price:||Meal for two with soft drinks and service: around £25|
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The tuck shop is my first stop every morning great coffee to kick start my day and i often pop in for a spot of lunch. great service from the staff well worth a visit i'am sure you will agree.
Time Out reviewer must not have had a coffee - the best going around IMO - would have undoubtedly got a mention otherwise. Mackerel baguette was a sound use of my 7 quid too! Great café.
Easily the best hangout in Shoreditch. There is no place with better coffee, food, people watching, service. Let alone the combination of all. It's full of locals who are happy to share the 'hood. The T.O. review doesn't make sense, and actually doesn't really review the place!