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Highness Café and Tea Room

  • Restaurants
  • Highbury
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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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.

Written by
Kavi Shah


21a Highbury Park
N5 1QJ
Drayton Park rail.
Lunch with drinks and service for two: around £24.
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