Foxcroft & Ginger

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Whitechapel Road and its continuation Mile End Road got a good scrubbing up for the 2012 Olypmic Games, and this all-day café and bakery in the old Wickhams Department Store is a sign that the trendies are moving in. As with the original Berwick Street branch, all bread, cakes and pastries are baked on site and available to take away; the sourdough appears in many of the innovative breakfast dishes (served till 4pm at weekends), such as 63C slow-poached eggs on toast, french toast with mascarpone, walnuts and banana, or spiced aubergine with labneh, halloumi and mushrooms.

The area’s young creatives clearly love F & G, as even on our early days visit it was packed with laptop-tappers, lazy brunchers and solo coffee sippers (the smooth pour-over filter is worth the wait). The raw industrial stylings no doubt help, as does the lure of a couple of Camden Brewery beers on tap, wines by the glass and thin-crusted pizzas in the evenings – those bread ovens are put to good use.

By: Euan Ferguson


Venue name: Foxcroft & Ginger
Address: 68 Mile End Rd
E1 4TT
Transport: Stepney Green tube.
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This is a large venue with wooden floors and tables throughout - decorated in an industrial style and dimly lit in the evenings. The staff are friendly and attentive, the place has a nice feel to it but it was surprisingly quiet when we went on a Friday early evening. This may be because it has a more coffee house vibe in the day selling pastries so perhaps hasn’t quite nailed the evening market. They offer a discount on pizzas if you’re heading to the Genesis cinema up the road. The pizzas are pretty good although my cauliflower cheese pizza wasn’t quite what I was hoping for (a little dry - cauliflower placed on pizza with some melted cheese on top).

This place is awful. The food was terrible, poached eggs came on muffins that were so hard they were entirely inedible. The knife could not cut through the bread. The food overall had a very strange taste and most of it was cold and overly sweet. The customer service was abysmal, the waiter said the bread was meant to be that way and when the manager came over when we were dissatisfied he told me to stop talking and explained how toasting bread works. A really unpleasant experience. Would not recommend to anyone.


It has an eye-catching aesthetic but I think this place benefits from being situated in a location with limited alternative options. The interior is a little hastily put together in an attempt to seem vintage and rustic but the atmosphere was quite good and it definitely is much needed in this area. I visited for brunch and the food was fine, although I did spot people getting some pretty tasty looking cruffin


This place is surely a sign of gentrification in the (not yet so touched) area but somehow it still holds a very local and fine quality. The food was well executed, with good quality ingredients, although I didn’t love the “innovative combinations” they offered – but I’m aware that’s a matter of taste... Their service is friendly and the coffee wonderful.


This is a gorgeous cafe eatery which I didn't expect to find on this street. Lovely decor, nice high ceilings but with a warm feeling. They lose a star for giving milk in a cup instead of a jug - that's annoying - but besides that the food was tasty and the service was nice. They gave my Mum a bucks fizz since it was Mother's Day which she enjoyed. Food wise I had the chicken kimchee burger and it was good, filling and tasty. My Mum had the risotto and found it to be a bit lacklustre - that said, I think this is more of a spot for brunch or afternoon tea/cakes rather than lunch so I'm refrain from judging too much on that. Like I said, lovely vibe and worth it just for that. 


This place has been on my list to try for coffee and cake for a while but I did not realise they did brunch! I've seen their sandwiches in the window and mannnnn they look good! But finding out they did brunch dishes (including French toast), well I had to try this asap!

They don't take bookings and are busy on a Sunday but as its more cafe-esque so the turnaround is quick. 
We got mimosas to start which were delicious and then the French toast followed. I had the most amazing toast smothered in syrup, mascarpone and poached plum. My friend however didn't enjoy hers so much; it was meant to be savoury with Gruyere bechamel sauce and bacon but apparently had a sweet twang which she didn't like! 
I can't wait to go back to try their homemade cakes (they look amazing) and try their delicious sandwiches made with their homemade bread with great fillings.

It is the go to place. And its a 'local' not a tourist shop. I have to admit in feeling protective of this place because the the gentrification of the local area is not bad in reference to this cafe; Pour over coffee, eggs with Kusundi and sour dough bread? And that's just breakfast.


Great place to have a trendy dinner in Whitechapel ! A friend and I went to Foxcroft & Ginger on a catch up evening. We had a quick dinner before going to Genesis Cinema. The staff was very friendly and made sure we got served quickly. Their evening menu was quite limited as they only serve sourdough pizzas and shared platter from 4.30pm. However they offer a nice selection of pizzas - all with a little twist and their dough is just amazing. We decided to share a Goats Cheese, Fig, Kale Pesto & Marinated Beetroot, Marscapone and a cheese board with a glass of wine. It was enough to whet my appetite, I'll definitely come back to try their breakfast and lunch menus. 


I have been to the fox and ginger once for dinner and it was great. The pizza's where amazing, the coffee was perfect and the cakes tasted so good. I thought the cider was a little over priced. But other than that I strongly recommend it. 

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Nice looking cafe and good location, but I found the menu limited and the sandwiches unimpressive.  My one had so much pesto and oily cheese in that the bottom slice of bread was completely soaked through with green oil.

Strongly recommend to AVOID this place. Amazing place in the area are "tap coffee" and Flat white"

This place is completely spoiled by the appalling customer service, not only in once but two visits, we received a terrible service. Order incorrectly taken each time, by less than welcoming staff, with no customer service skills at all. The (allegedly) manager was rude and very unfriendly from the minute we entered on both occasions, it seemed like we bothered him by giving him extra work to do by just turning up into his shop. No need to say that as soon that we mentioned we had not order the coffee we were served that he stormed back upstairs to deliver another drink saying he "was finally glad this time we were happy about the order" and a facial expression full of arrogance and anger.