J&A Café

Restaurants Farringdon
3 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)

So hidden away is this café housed in the ground floor of a diamond-cutting factory that it escapes the notice even of long-time locals. But there’s no need to advertise: casual brunching couples, solo diners and a raucous birthday celebration filled the cute cobbled courtyard one sunny summer Sunday, bunting and lights strung up overhead. Indoors, the exposed brickwork lends an air of factory-chic.

Some of the young crowd had already started cracking into Aperol spritzes, but most were indulging in hearty breakfast fare and the own-made cakes, accompanied by a large mug of tea. All produce is carefully sourced, often locally. Part café and part bar, J&A aims to focus on ‘healthy and wholesome home-cooking and baking’, and to emphasise the point, rustic breads and own-made baked goods adorn its counter.

Eggs benedict arrived quickly, though the muffin was too tough to cut through; thick slices of Irish soda bread were swiftly brought as a replacement. Lunch choices include sandwiches, pies, quiche and salads, while bar snacks focus on simple small plates such as ham and mustard sauce.



Venue name: J&A Café
Address: 4 Sutton Lane
Transport: Tube: Barbican or Farringdon
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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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J&A is one of the best cafes I have discovered in London. Tucked away down an alley on Old St it really is a hidden gem, with multiple rooms and a lovely outdoor courtyard, there is plenty of space for any occasion. Brunch is an absolute delight here, I'd recommend the pancakes with bacon here, as well as the fruity option. There is so much choice and every plate is made with care and attention - it really is all delicious! Head down there as quick as you can, it's wonderful!


Hidden in the depths of Clerkenwell down a secretive alleyway you will find J+A Cafe. Split over two sides with a court yard between you have the option of breakfast, brunch through to dinner, drinks and afternoon tea. I have been to J+A a few times now mainly for brunch, trying their poached eggs on sourdough, full english and more. All very delicious and well seasoned! If you want to head somewhere a bit quieter and off the beaten track, this is your place to go and is also in walking distance to the Barbican and Shoreditch if you want to make a day of it!


Went to J+A for a working breakfast and it was perfect! Service was fast and efficient, there were a range of options for all dietary types.  Prices were reasonable and the only criticism is that the food was average (not quite the flavoursome brunch you'd expect from some of the eateries around shoreditch/old st).  However, the gluten-free or diary-free options (especially cakes) are great for those with a variety of needs.

Secluded diamond of a venue; great menus, amazing staff!
Recently held our wedding reception here, could not have wished for more!! Xx


I've been to J+A a few times and I absolutely love it. It is split in two "areas" - one is a cafe, with delicious brunches (pancakes!!!), lunch and amazing cakes (victoria sponge!!) which closed in the evening and the other is a nice hip bar which continues untill 11ish. There is a courtyard between the two for the warm days and nights with cute lights hanging from above. The customers are young twenty-something Londoners. Amazing vibrant place, definitely is worth a visit!

Great space but shame about the pretentious owner who shows no customer interest, gets defensive over a few queries. Overpriced. Rather go a few doors down for more accommodating service instead.  

Staff Writer

I first went to this Café at lunchtime when it gets a little overwhelmed with the creative crowds that descend to J&A through a small alleyway.

The friendly waitresses are rushed off their feet but still happy find you a seat and as long as you are happy to share one of the larger tables in the main room or the cute backyard you will be seated quickly in this buzzing place. An extra room at the top is much calmer and has the same feel of the design factory turned restaurant with bare brick walls and fresh flowers in the windows.

The lunch menu tempts with classics liked baked potatoes and specialty tarts: thin filo pastry laden with loads of tasty slow roast tomatoes, courgette, rocket and parmesan was full of flavour.

Be quick to order though as both sold out by 1.30pm which apparently isn’t unusual. There may also be a slight wait for your order to arrive but staff apologised for a delay on a neighbouring table by offering free cakes.

This should have proved a very good deal for the guests, especially if they opted for the Victoria Sponge.  I have since been back just to have more of their homemade cakes – all perfect in taste and texture.

Great hearty breakfasts. We used to make trips here before work and they really set you up for the day. Even the most simple dish is tasty and the slices of toast are thick, chunky and satisfying.

We have looked forward to trying j&a for ages – we live in clerkenwell – and went there with some visitors from India. It was appalling. We ordered salads which arrived with horrid dry couscous (one person is gluten-free), some wet leaves and two tomatoes for £10.50. The eggs benedict and the coffee were both cold. We were upstairs which is really tatty & cold with sticky tables. The door was hanging off the upstairs toilet and the main bathroom was dirty. Why would anyone go here when Workshop Coffee and Modern Pantry are round the corner.

I went for the first time today with a girlfriend and we had an amazing time, the food is delicious and fresh and the atmosphere is arty like garage/warehouse style, very original and not too pricey! I also love the area very peaceful and quiet but modern. I will definitely go again, it is one of my favourite places for lunch/ brunch !

I LOVE this place! I recently discovered this hidden gem with a friend and have returned many times since. The food has been delicious every time and the staff are very welcoming and helpful with their recommendations. It's refreshing to find a place that is not part of a chain and make all their food on site.

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