Dear TO Team, please remove a totally misleasding picture and review. Following a brilliant write up in London Coffee Guide we had coffee and lunch on 21/12/13. The total bill was £33.75 for reasonable coffee but overpriced coffee, substandard food and pulp music. Coffee: fashionably lukewarm (not really an issue for us, remembering we are not in downtown Wellington to have it finely flavoured and hot at the same time, they seem to manage only one at a time here) and quite milked down; not what you expect from the antipodean coffee making tradition which broght a change to London coffee scene. Food: Poached eggs had dry and rubbery whites, the yokes remained moist though (how did they manage both?) and came on a greasy piece of toast reeking of melted butter. Tomato relish which staff described as “delicious” was thin and acidic brown sauce not suitable for eggs, if for anything at all. Fried eggs were heavily fried in a real caff manner. The side dish of potatoes was a generous helping and they used good small potatoes; we managed about a half because of their heavily fatty fried taste overpowered by poor quality oil. All three dishes were yellow and brown in colour, greasy and stodgy. I could hardly believe my eyes after a memorable lunch in the same café in their first year. To make the meal edible, we ordered Green Salad and Tomatoes: Green salad was a modest portion with just a hint of dressing, forget extra virgin olive oil. A dish of tomatoes consisted of about half a dozen halved cherry tomatoes served in miniature cast iron frying pan(?) without any herb or olive oil, for a scandalous price of £3.50. Historic disco music was being played all the way loud enough to complete the impression of an ordinary caff. Used to be Saint Ali.
Workshop Coffee Co
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Oct 19 2012
Perhaps better known for its coffee (roasted on site), Workshop has extended its opening hours, and now serves food into the evening. On the ground floor, tables are close together, with the coffee roaster and large barista counter occupying a big chunk of the space. In the evening, a good selection of bar snacks (pig-skin grissini with apple sauce, corn ‘frittettes’ with spiced yoghurt) is served here, while upstairs there’s a short dinner menu.
From this, the Dexter burger looked like a cartoon version, with a picture-perfect brioche bun, a slab of comté and some chipotle mayo. Deep-fried ratte potatoes were a treat. Wild mushroom pithivier was nicely crisp, and accompanied by pea laksa. Breakfasts are just as tempting: toasted banana bread, with date and orange jam and espresso mascarpone, for example. Decor is spacious and light, with long tables for groups and an elegant bar; industrial exposed brick is softened by flower arrangements on each wooden tabletop. Finish with a house roast, such as Juana Mamani from Bolivia.
Workshop Coffee Co 27 Clerkenwell Road
- Venue phone:
020 7253 5754
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 7am-6pm Mon, Sun; 7am-10pm Tue-Sat
Tube: Farringdon tube/rail
Main courses £4.50-£15
Workshop Coffee Co
- 27 Clerkenwell Road
- 020 7253 5754
- 27 Clerkenwell Road
- Workshop Coffee Co
Average User Rating
2.9 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:7
- 1 star:4
Disappointing and expensive, St Ali was very good when it first opened but everything seems to have gone downhill, except the prices. I've had better service in roadside truckers cafes. The Food was underwhelming, overcooked eggs, the latte average, service disinterested. And why would anyone serve 6 halved plum tomatoes on a small, rusting iron pan for £3.50?! Not impressed.
Their coffees are too expensive and served in very small cups. The taste is good but for that price it needs to be amazing.
Very disappointing. The coffee was ok, but the food was a joke. The fruit salad consiting of a few roughly cut slices of supermarket fruit including pears which were foul on the inside. When pointing out to the waitress that the fruit were off she just shrugged. The yogurt it was supposed to come with was less than a table spoon and the granola was barely a sprinkle - and all that for 7 pounds. We just felt ripped off.
Best coffee experience in London, only a couple of places can be compared to it. Always amazingly tasty pastries and breakfast !!!
Ordinary coffee served by pretentious people that can't even do their job and think they should charge more only because they made a newly refurbished place look like it has been there since the coffee was discovered... I went there with all the good intentions and I love coffee, but I was so disappointed...
Coffee was very good, but the food was very disappointing. The bread wasn't fresh, the poached egg was dry and very over-cooked, same as the asparagus. The menu said spinach, but I got a bunch of rocket instead (?!) Apart from the smoked salmon, which they didn't cook, every element on my plate was less than average. Service was average. Disappointed.
It was Tuesday evening when we wanted to experience a nice cup of coffee with light dinner. We chose Workshop Coffee because we read that it was one of the best boutique coffee shops in town. Unfortunately to our surprise we were very disappointed when we were served lukewarm cappucino with mice roaming around. We were there for 40 minutes and we were in a hurry to eat our dinner because the mice were coming in and out of their holes. On top of that when we mentioned it to a waitress, she was unmoved about it. No comment. We gave 2 stars just because the food was good but we will for sure not go there again.
The food and coffee were excellent (baked eggs and flat white) but the service was terrible!! Our food order was taken after two couples lower in the queue were seated and served (next to us). After an hour our food finally arrived, having asked for it twice, with an excuse and no apologies. Willing to try it again, albeit apprehensively.
I've been twice - first time was not great same experience as many other users - we had to ask to be served after 10 mins - got the wrong food - didn't get asked if we wanted anything else just the bill. The second time it was more cohesive but they are trying to do too much and it makes everything suffer. They need to decide what they are and just do it well.
Beautiful coffee but average food. Corn fritters were massive lumps of dry doughy stuff. The chefs need to take a trip to NZ to see how they're done properly! Poached eggs that came with it were cold and the yolk was completely hard. Not what you're after when you're paying £9+ for the dish.
A breakfast of French toast with bacon and a large cappuccino is my idea of heaven and I can't wait to go back. Their coffee is nothing short of perfection!!
Quite disappointing. The interior is neither particularly inviting nor comfortable. The food is ok. Nothing to write home about.
Nice food but very basic service: The staff is too busy looking cool to really acknowledge you. For the price you pay, there are better places in the area.
Went there this morning around 9am for breakfast on the way to the office. They were quick to get my coffee order. But for the rest there was basically no service: My flat white never arrived so had to go and ask for one again, nobody came to take my food order (Dutch oven aka posh beans on toast - was ok) so yeah went back to find someone. There are other places with good coffee, don't bother. Oh yeah and they charged for the 'service', of course...
Incredible place. Beautiful decor, friendly staff and DELICIOUS food. Will definitely be returning. The french toast with maple syrup and bacon is sooo good! Highly recommend this place!
I tryed to go for a meal at St Ali 4 times and the kitchen was close by then ... one time they were open as a bar only as per the design week of the area .. anyway, we liked our food and the place, we were happy that we were finlally trying out St Ali, as we live around the corner from it... but the service was not the best one I have to say .. the lady who start serving us ... desapear and no one was really looking after us, I wanted an Orange juice an it was very hard to get someones attention, I ordered the juice and never arrived and it was ont he bill off curse .... is very clear to notice that they have a lack of organization .. we left bit desapointed but we will try once more time!
SO SO GOOD. Please don't tell anyone else about it. And don't order a capuccino after 12 if you are serious... J
Stunning interior, incredibly friendly and helpful staff, tasty eggs and superb coffee. Would like to have seen a couple of breakfast basics on menu - a plain fruit salad, say. But a great addition to the area.
Was super excited that this has opened in London, just returned from breakfast feeling a little bit disappointed. Coffee was really good. Food read really well on the menu but delivery was clumsy and not full of flavour. Fritters were not fritters at all. Very little corn and a whole lot of dough. They looked like big veggie burgers and were HEAVY! The tomato chutney was nice though. This was the better dish of the two. The 'dutch oven' was a mix of beans in a fairly bland tomato sauce. A very frugal scattering of salted ricotta, supposedly with mint and lemon which couldn't be detected. Poached egg on top and a whole load of rocket covering the entire dish. The plate of food was a mess and tasted a bit like leftovers. A real shame. The bill had VAT added as separate, which is unusual and didn't see this labelled on the menu. Service was friendly though perhaps a bit overzealous; bill brought over before we asked for it, things cleared away before we had both finished. Good, but for £30 there are much better places of a similar ilk.