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Highness Café and Tea Room

Restaurants, Cafés Highbury
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(87user reviews)
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Anne Faber

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A quaint family-run neighbourhood café.

Look into the window of this little café and cake shop and you’ll be drawn in: thick peanut butter brownies nestle beside iced blood orange cakes, which sit next to plump sultana scones (and if you’re lucky, there’ll be tasters by the till).

Wood floors and a mismatched mix of wooden tables (including an ancient sewing machine table) and chairs give this place a worn in, homely feel. The menu – featuring brunch, sandwiches and jacket potatoes – is written up on chalkboards behind the counter. There are a couple of in-demand window seats on the ground floor, but for more comfort, head up the spiral staircase to the mezzanine floor.

After we ordered from the waitress at the counter (table service is available too), everything arrived promptly. The coffee was good, and my freshly blitzed juice was served in a trendy mason jar.

The highs continued with the sweet stuff. Presented on pretty china crockery, a generous slice of pistachio and chocolate cake (£3.75) had a slightly molten consistency and melted beautifully in the mouth. The giant sultana-studded scone (£3) was warm, crumbly and soft, and came with dinky (perhaps too dinky) pots of clotted cream and jam.

The stars here are the friendly service, drinks and cakes; an artichoke and avocado sandwich was solid, rather than sensational, while the börek (spinach and feta encased in a filo pastry) lacked crispness. Head here on a lazy day – and work your way through the sweet stuff.

By: Kavi Shah



Address: 21a Highbury Park
N5 1QJ
Transport: Drayton Park rail.
Price: Lunch with drinks and service for two: around £24.
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Users say (87)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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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

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!

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


Friendly, family little coffee shop in Highbury! Nice prices and tasty breakfast/brunch selections that satisfy both savoury and sweet choices.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Amazing cakes and great vibe - perfect place for a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon

Ona is the finest cakeman I've ever know. he deserves the top accolades London can give. NOM NOM NOM

Wooow I was there yesterday definitly super cool place to go nice coffee nice cake friendly people.

Great location but the real secret of its success is the warm welcome of its owner

Family run and family friendly. A gem with excellent cakes and top sandwiches for picnics in Highbury fields.

A wonderful experience! Great coffee and great customer service in a very cosy and friendly environment...Oreo Cheesecake, unforgettable!

I just nominated Highness Café and Tea Room as one of London's best venues.
Amazing cakes, Amazing staff.❤️

I just nominated Highness Café and Tea Room as one of London's best venues.
Amazing cakes, Amazing staff.❤️

scrumptious home made cakes make us look forward to every birthday (and sometimes make up one or two.. ;)

Lovely cakes and coffee. Run by family, warm and welcoming. Oh and the patisserie chef is cordon bleu which she doesn't advertise but the cakes and food speaks for itself..highly recommended.

You will love this place . Best carrot cake and coffee in town and you get great service

They have amazing range of cakes including gluten free range all home made .
They also have home made salads sandwichies .
Great friendly service .

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