Damson & Co

Restaurants, Delis Soho
Damson & Co (James Balston)
James Balston
Damson & Co (James Balston)
James Balston
Damson & Co (James Balston)
James Balston
Damson & Co (James Balston)
James Balston
Damson & Co (James Balston)
James Balston
Damson & Co (James Balston)
James Balston

New one-off coffee shops take root every week in the fashionable parts of Hackney, but it takes a lot of nerve for a new independent to sign up for Soho rents. Damson & Co is one such brave little café, and it’s a looker. There’s good attention to detail in the shabby-chic, artfully functional interior. Many customers sit tapping away at their MacBooks over cups of freshly ground coffee, the roasts supplied by Ozone in Shoreditch. Cakes and snacks are on display.

Although primarily a café, there’s a good selection of bottled beers, wines by the glass, even a choice of gin and tonics. One large table of office colleagues were working their way through the sparkling wine selection on our first, lunchtime visit.

The savoury dishes are a good read – British charcuterie and cheeses, fresh seafood. The signature breakfast dish of ‘damson muffin’ was a well-stacked tower of omelette, baked beans and cheese, in a muffin that tasted like it might have been slightly stale before it was toasted. Presentation seems to take precedence over practicality: a dressed crab was served in a bowl of melting ice, which looked good, but slush kept tipping into the shell.

Damson & Co is a lot more personable than Soho’s many chain cafés, and it’s great for coffee. The food might not always live up to the promise of the high prices, but those rents have to be paid…

By: Guy Dimond


Venue name: Damson & Co
Address: 21 Brewer Street
Opening hours: Open 9am-10pm daily
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Main courses £3.50-£12.50
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We were really craving for desserts on a Saturday early evening after late lunch/early dinner but there weren't any left so we had to compromise with just coffee. The service was super friendly and efficient, the coffee was good, there were a lot of cocktail options too, and the environment was so nice. I loved the interior decor, though they should probably keep some stuff in the storage room because they ruined the decoration a little bit. Nice little place in the heart of Soho.


Tucked away in the heart of Soho, beautiful small plates paired with an even better selection of gin make for the perfect catch up location. The staff are always ready to give recommendations on the best cured meats to try and what cheese to pair them with. The house infused gins are also a must to try!


It looked like a a fine place to relax in and people watch but I got the feeling that it didn't really know what it wanted to be. It had elements of a bar, coffee shop and restaurant. Nonetheless, I ordered a fresh pressed berry and pear juice to go with scrambled egg with chorizo and mushrooms on toast. The berry juice was very nice. The same cannot be said about my breakfast though. The portion was stingy - a single small piece of sourdough toast topped with scrambled egg, tiny strips of chroizo and mushrooms priced at £7.50 . The flavour was primarily salty; that to me suggests that they are probably masking poor quality ingredients. I reluctantly ate half of it before coming across a whole clove of garlic hidden in the eggs, which you can imagine was not pleasant. I mentioned that the meal was not enjoyable to the waitress who kindly offered 25% off and a croissant. I took up the 25% offer but left the croissant.

From outside it's a very nice and comfortable place, but when it comes to drink, then you wouldn't give a penny.  The bartender doesn't even know what a classic is.....like an AMERICANO stirred in the boston (as a martini) and served with sparkling water, amazing shit!!!! 20 quid Wasted 


Fantastic location, the staff and the food are literally superb. Bold and refreshing menu choices, i would visit daily if i could.