‘What a charming town,’ reckons Edward III (Blake Ritson), trotting blithely into Kingsbridge for reinforcements in his war against the dastardly French. Well, yes and no – but mostly no. After all, tonight’s antics include fraud, fratricide, yet more rape and, if we’re not very much mistaken, early signs that the Black Death may be paying a visit. Shades of grey are now distant memories when it comes to the characterisation in this rollicking Ken Follett adaptation: no purgatory for any of this lot, it’s straight to heaven or hell. And first in line for the latter is Godwyn, plotting to reclaim funds earmarked for a hospice by the imperious Mother Cecilia. Back in the world of the laity, Ralph and Merthin come to blows again and a cornered Caris takes the only escape route left to her. Utterly daft, but a decent enough option for ‘Borgen’ naysayers.
Set in the courtyard of Dalston’s creative hub of Stamford Works, Brunswick East is an Australian-owned little gem of a shop, with cosy industrial/studio vibes and a serious attitude to coffee. Beans are sourced from Alchemy, but there’s a host of guest names on rotation. The menu is equally alluring: from super smoothies (and an espresso version) to Antipodean-leaning specialities like cauliflower toast, chilli-poached eggs with whipped yogurt, and corn, courgette and halloumi fritter stacks. Avocado, of course, abounds. What’s more, there’s an in-house artist’s bookstore and weekend brunch/yoga combo sessions for the wholesome extroverts among us (beats us too).
Venue says: “Speciality Coffee shop and all round brunch destination in the heart of Dalston”