Highness Café and Tea Room

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Highness Café and Tea Room
Anne Faber

Your highnesses of Highbury, cake and tea are served. The stretch between Highbury & Islington and Arsenal - what estate agents call ‘Highbury Barn’ – now has its first proper cake shop. Highness Café opened at the end of December, and has been luring in passers-by with its window display of charming cakes.

The daily-changing selection includes classics such as carrot cake or coffee and walnut cake, as well as more unusual confections including chocolate mousse tarts and gluten-free orange cake. And it doesn’t just look pretty: a slice of Victoria sponge cake, served on vintage china and decorated with rose petals, was buttery, moist and bursting with strawberry jam and cream.

If your highness hasn’t got a sweet tooth, there are also savoury options including jacket potatoes and sandwiches. On our visit the café was brimming with young families on the ground floor, while the first floor was more serene - with students hunched over their laptops, typing away to a background of jazzy sounds, unfazed by the distant wails of the toddlers below.


Venue name: Highness Café and Tea Room
Address: 21a Highbury Park
N5 1QJ
Opening hours: 8.30am-6.30pm Mon; 8am-6.30pm Tue-Fri; 9am-6.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Bus: 4, 19, 236
Price: Cake for two with drinks and service: around £10
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Adiam G
3 of 3 found helpful

Best homemade cakes Ever!!!!
The staff is always kind and cheerful with the costumer
I suggest everyone should go and try
You won't regret it

Katie S
1 of 1 found helpful

Hands down the best cafe in north London! Amazing coffee, food and service. And the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. It is truly a gem in Highbury!

Ceren S
1 of 1 found helpful

It Is the must delicious place that i have ever been. Thanks to all / Ceren

Ollie L

I live local and have been here a few times due to it being the only place that makes 'fresh' sandwiches. Had a takeaway sandwich, coffee and crisps from here today and I was so disappointed. The club chicken sandwich was extremely low quality, it is clear that their focus is on saving money. The chicken barely tastes like chicken and comes in a strange cube format - similar to frozen chicken you would get from Iceland. There was barely any bacon in the sandwich at all. The crisps were stale and flavourless. The coffee was half full and far too milky. I have decided never to go back and will encourage friends not to as well, at least until they put some of their focus back on the quality of the food and not their pockets...

Ioanna La

I really can't describe how friendly the staff at Highness tea room is, you have to find it out yourself! It is such a beautiful cafe in Highbury, a beautiful area of London! a broad range of delicious cakes are in offer. The interior is warm, with a spacious attic with some extra seating space. Coffee and smoothies were great, too! I observed some really delicious brunch dishes from other tables so I will be coming back soon. You order at the till and they will bring everything to your table. It is definitely worth the visit, and I'm sure you'll love the street too.

Jennifer S

Wonderful display of cakes in the window and a comprehensive menu of salads, jacket potatoes and sandwiches. I got a roasted aubergine and avo sandwich on brown bread which was stuffed heartily and quite delicious. I also got a sugar-free chia seed, date and coconut cake which was lovely. The staff was also very friendly. My only quibble is a £10 minimum for cards. My god people it's the 21st century, get over it!

megan s

Highness tearoom is a real family business with delicious coffee, food and company. The welcome is always so warm and friendly. It's very child friendly too. I've enjoyed many a coffee and panini here, I come every week without fail. Love it.

ahmet k

OMG!!!!! The cakes are just AMAZING, especially their Oreo Cheesecake. Everything is homemade!!

Joe M

Excellent food. Very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended.

Michelle G

This is such a GEM in Highbury. It has amazing homemade cake and coffee and is run buy a friendly family who give the cafe a great homely vibe.

Lucy A

Highness has the most amazing cakes! It's a wonderful example of a local family business. Love it!

Monika C

Amazing atmosphere every time I go there. Lovely staff plus home made cakes are the best in town.

Nadia C

I'm addicted to their chocolate cake! So moist! And very friendly staff too, great place

Eric F

Best gluten free cake i've ever had! Cant still believe that it was gluten free:)

Liam B

Good coffee and lovely cakes. Stay away from this place if you are on a strict diet!

Jon K

Fabulous family run coffee shop. Great real coffee and delicious home baked cakes. Try the oreo cheesecake.

Matt M

The cakes are amazing and the staff are so friendly. A jewel in North London

Ewelina B

Very friendly family environment. Fresh beautiful cakes and treats which vary daily. The decor in this cafe is very nice too. I go there every week and never left disappointed.

Ola P

superb cakes, warm customer service and a delightful ambiance to ensure you'll never want to leave!!!

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