Entrepreneurs Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam will open Crispin, a new all day and evening cafe, in London's Spitalfields next month, serving breakfast through to an evening dinner and bar snack menu, alongside a list of low intervention wines and classic cocktails.
Opening on Monday 20th August, Crispin is located in a purpose-built zinc and glass pavilion on White’s Row, 5 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street station. The new cafe boasts 40 covers inside the pavilion and a further 30 covers on the outdoor terrace, ideal for al fresco dining during the warmer months. The duo are also behind Scotchtails, the cult Borough Market based scotch egg company and Lundenwic, a speciality coffee shop on Aldwych.
Coffee at Crispin will see Dom and Oli continue their successful relationship with Brixton’s Assembly, as well as working with Fernando Berry of Otros Vinos to create a rotating wine list with an emphasis on natural and low intervention bottles. Food at Crispin will be ingredient-driven and change seasonally. Simple, honest dishes will showcase local produce such as Dusty Knuckle bread, Secret Smokehouse salmon and Clapton Park honey.
Open daily from 7.30am, Crispin will serve takeaway coffee, bacon sarnies and egg and soldiers to early bird Londoners, while a weekend brunch menu will focus on a wider selection of hot dishes, such as Merguez sausage, daal, green sauce and egg and Waffle with poached apricots, thyme, candied pecans and milk ice cream.
The Crispin lunch menu will offer a daily salad, soup and sandwich, as well as hot toastie combinations, including Cheddar, hispi cabbage and chilli jam and 'N’duja, Ogleshield and jalapeno. Sandwiches, made fresh on site each day, will include Porchetta, salsa verde and crackling and Charred broccoli and romesco.
By night, the cafe will offer a daily dinner plate to be enjoyed with a glass of wine for £10, alongside a seasonal bar snack menu, craft beers and classic cocktails. Food and drink will be ordered at the counter affording a casual and quick evening experience, available from 5pm Tuesday - Saturday.
Located next to the iconic Spitalfields Market and designed in collaboration with Sheppard Robson, Crispin is a bold purpose-built geometric pavilion that resembles an origami-folded kite or bird; creating an impressive visual juxtaposition to the main market building and neighbouring east end Georgian architecture. The polished concrete floor is in-keeping with the modern glass and zinc finish of the structure, while the counter and other furniture is made from Cornish ash to offer a softening contrast. Dom and Oli have also worked closely with designers Felix McCormack and Heather Scott on the interiors and furnishings at the new site.
Oli, who runs the infamous Corsica Studios parties and his own record label Tessellate, will curate the playlist at Crispin's listening bar, which will allow customers to listen to his record collection through one of seven pairs of headphones. Alongside the listening bar, a retail unit will sell merchandise such as magazines, restaurant cookbooks, limited edition prints and handmade ceramics from the likes of Skye Corewijn.
Crispin will open in Spitalfields on Monday 20th August serving £1 coffee all week from 7.30am. From Tuesday 28th to Sunday 2nd September Crispin will offer 50% off food from breakfast until dinner, during which time any drinks ordered will be billed as usual. Walk-ins only.
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