27 Clerkenwell Road
London, EC1M 5RNNeighbourhood:
InternationalPrice: £25 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://workshopcoffee.com/
- Phone: 02072535754
- Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 7am - 10pm Sunday & Monday: 7am - 6pm * Our kitchens and dining room close between services, while our ground floor bar remains open throughout.
- Payment Options: Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: International
- Executive Chef: Greg Ballard
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Workshop Coffee
In April 2011 we opened our doors on Clerkenwell Road, intent on bringing to the neighbourhood the very best coffee possible. Sourcing, roasting and brewing great coffee lead to more, and since then, our Clerkenwell cafe has evolved into a thriving destination for coffee, food, beer and wine lovers alike. While our focus on serving great coffee has never faltered, we quickly added to our repertoire breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch services, rapidly receiving acclaim for each, from regular customers and critics a-like. We've recently extended our offering into the evening, opening late to include the service of beer, wine and a range of delicious bar snacks downstairs, and informal a la carte dining on the first floor, Tuesday through Saturday. A continually developing focus on conscientious and considered sourcing and preparation underpins everything we do, combined with a desire to always share these goods with our guests in a humble and relaxed way.Continued
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Workshop Coffee reviews from OpenTable diners
- For coffee/breakfast enthusiasts!mgdaubeterreDined on 26/10/2012The service and food presentation was impecable. But if that was not enough the coffee is superb, not burn not blant, the aroma is just balanced and rich! The whole pack of the little roastery is enough and the food we had was just what we were looking for! The place has a really good vibe! Only thing though is that is far from were I live some my excursions there will have to be carefully planned! Keep on brewin'Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Yummy eggs all day!GibbsDined on 16/10/2012Great aussie run place with cool wooden tables and amazing food. I took 6 people for a team lunch there and it was perfect. The service was really polite and fast, the menu choices were excellent and the food was really tasty. You can order eggs all day, which, compared to some 'brunch' places, is a bonus!Special Features:
- Friday lunchTazannaDined on 12/10/2012Great ambiance and buzz, service and of course, coffee. Two of our group of four were thrilled with their food (the corn fritters were a particular gem) but the others were underwhelmed by their "large plates" of fishcakes. At £7, we were unsure whether they were intended to be overpriced starters or minuscule portions for a light meal, but either way, they disappointed especially when compared to the excellent value and all round tastiness of the mains. Saying that - it was the only point to note in an overall lovely meal. Would happily return for more.Special Features:
- I love this placecamelgirl1Dined on 10/10/2012Great varied menu. All day ding options. Fab cakes. I love this place and would recommend to anyone who is looking for great food in a relaxed environment.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Workshop Coffee has a coupleJohnjoDined on 18/9/2012Workshop Coffee has a couple of outstanding dishes: (1) Corn Fritters with poached eggs and haloumi - excellent brunch dish, have had it several times, and the quality is always consistent; (2) Burger - lovely brioche bun and high quality meat. The tacos are also great, best as a shared starter maybe. The coffee is excellent and the staff are great. The decor is dining at benches and counter-tops, with a few tables, so maybe not to everyone's taste, but it's a relaxing comfortable venue.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good local spotMikeOVIPDined on 14/9/2012A good lunch with interesting dishes. Service slow at times but always friendlySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice for weekday lunchAW01Dined on 14/9/2012Tend to come here for weekday lunch. The food is really nice, I like the interior enough to warrant spending a few quid more than when I'm eating lunch at my desk, the service is friendly but not the fastest, the ambience is good, I like the fact that the tables aren't too close to each other.Special Features:
- Love this placecamelgirl1Dined on 7/9/2012A great relaxed atmosphere and all day service. Outstanding coffee too. Great any time of day for breakfast, brunch or lunch. I haven't been in the evening but many times in the day. The food is interesting and generous and the service is very friendly and relaxed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good quality, filling lunch.SkiartyVIPDined on 3/9/2012Good quality, filling lunch. Excellent burger and a range of options for vegetarians. Fairly good coffee. Unfortunately we were shown a table upstairs and had to lug a buggy (with my 2 year old grandson who was asleep in it) up a flight of stairs.Special Features:
- Great coffee & vege brunchMichaelDined on 30/8/2012Good coffee is the foundation stone of this cafe (Australian founders and originally an outpost of St Ali in Melbourne Australia). A very innovative (no boring "full english" options here) menu, friendly service and central. Great place for a brunch / catchup with friends of colleagues.Special Features:
- Great food, disappointing coffeeGadgetteGirlVIPDined on 27/8/2012Excellent food, if a little fusion-y in flavour. For a coffee stop that grinds its own beans and certainly looks like it will deliver a top notch cup of caffeinated heaven, I was a little disappointed. The bean was an odd flavour on the day we went, and I was served what I would call a latte rather than the cappuccino I ordered. Being a self-confessed coffee snob, I do have high standards. I would go again but would hope that the coffee next time will be of a better grind and froth. GGSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ladies lunchingFoodieJenDined on 16/8/2012Wonderful menu fit to fully satisfy foodies, hip atmosphere complete with exposed brick walls and minimalist touches, and friendly, efficient service - a perfect place for lunching with the girls. The biggest downside to this meal was narrowing it down to only one main! Leaving us plenty of reasons to come back again.Special Features:
- Mildy smug and worthy in a good wayAnonymousVIPDined on 16/8/2012Eye-bulgingly earnest about the coffee (which was very nice), but good all round and fine breakfast. Good spot to observe hipsters (is that still a current term?) in their natural habitat.
- Lunch and coffeeS0108Dined on 7/8/2012Headed there to try its coffee. Love the ambience of the place especially the look when you first step in. Given that we travelled down specially for the coffee, we were kinda expecting more. The coffee was good but just not like the wow reviews which was what drawn us to the place. Service was very good and the waitress was very patient and nice to explain to us the lunch menu. When asked her recommendation on what to order, she attentively ask a couple of question to know what we prefer before she recommended me the baked eggs.Special Features:
- JBJBUKVIPDined on 18/7/2012Really lovely place to catch up with an old friendSpecial Features:
- Great lunchMikeOVIPDined on 18/7/2012Great lunch, good selection of interesting dishes, great local spotSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- casual but caringpc1208Dined on 11/7/2012We ate downstairs which is the "coffee shop" area but it manages to combine both functions. Menu ltd but different and good valueI would recommend this to a friend.
- Quality over quantityMarieZDined on 6/7/2012A great food and even better coffee! Not a big choice of food or wine, but remember, this is a coffee shop.The quality and taste of the meals are superb and makes up for the lack of choice. Coffee is one of the best in London, roasted on premisses, prepared with respect. That alone is worth a visit! I will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Give it a try!NaneetarDined on 6/7/2012The space is funky and interesting. The menu could be described with the same adjectives. The service was friendly. The ginger cake, strawberry mascarpone and toffee sauce for dessert was absolutely superb, as was the coffee. Well worth a return visit!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- simply outstandingsandlinesDined on 4/7/20124th July dinner with a visiting american, thought I'd show him a place where the burgers are exceptional and the relaxed, cool ambience illustrates some of the best of what Clerkenwell can offer these days. The food was, as expected, spot on. I hadn't expected such fantastic service though: mixture of Aussie and eastern European team made us feel like we were part of the place... the kind of welcoming service you simply can't fake. Loved it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply one of the best BurgersAmirVIPDined on 28/6/2012Simply one of the best Burgers in London - on par with Meat Liquor and Automat!Special Features:
- Interesting menu. AmazingKMittDined on 22/6/2012Interesting menu. Amazing coffee and great wine. Relaxed atmosphere. Excellent service.Special Features:
- Workshop rulesdinnerladyDined on 14/6/2012I heard that Workshop had the best coffee in London, but I can't vouch for that - didn't try the coffee. But the burger gets top marks - done medium rare, accompanied with the yummiest spuds. Recommend house red. But one of the best things about Workshop is a sense of space. There is lots and lots of it. Go!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great evening was had by all,Eds64Dined on 31/5/2012Great evening was had by all, food was fantastic with great flavours, interesting without being over complicated. Service was very friendly and relaxed. Great interior only slightly spoilt by being too bright, please dim the lights slightly. Will definably go againSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great coffeejkwbDined on 25/5/2012Loved my eggs and the aeropress coffee from Rwanda was superb too. Can't recommend it enough!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Interesting menu, great flavours,HenryVIPDined on 11/5/2012Interesting menu, great flavours, excellent coffee. A great findSpecial Features:
- Coffee goes from day-to-nightFlissDined on 3/5/2012We went to sample the new evening menu at Workshop, a very cool, laid back coffee shop in the heart of Clerkenwell. Fantastic, friendly service: gorgeous bread, my friend polished off a very good burger, and I enjoyed my fried goats curd with beetroot and pomegranite seeds. We shared a frankly huge dessert, two slabs of rather dry ginger cake redeemed by a large jug of toffee sauce.
- We've visited Workshop CoffeeDb81Dined on 1/5/2012We've visited Workshop Coffee (formerly St Ali) for brunch several times (very good!) and visited for the newly opened dinner options. Was not dissapointed. Very quiet on a Tuesday night but service was excellent, very friendly and attentive. Burger was very good and decent value. Small wine list but good, affordable options. Will return.
- Trendy spot with an inventiveOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 26/4/2012Trendy spot with an inventive menu. Our server was perfect, passionate about the food and friendly without being overly so. We had beer (excellent locally brewed ale) and a nice red by the glass. We started with eggplant dip, then split a burger and the bresaola app. Beautifully presented, original preparation, great textures and flavors. The ginger pudding for dessert is not to be mIssed! Ginger sponge cake with a decadent raspberry mascarpone and toffee sauce. Amazing! Would definitely return when in the area.Special Features:
- Little gem with honest quality foodOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 19/4/2012With a small understated menu that punches way above its weight. Friendly informative staff, and a nice selection of ales:) It's pretty good value, we went for dinner and next time we'll try the brunch menu, with a coffee roasting machine onsite coffees are special if your into that. Dexter burger was AMAZING, as was the only veggie option too.Special Features:
- Unique, quality, highly recommendedOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/4/2012I've been to St. Ali on multiple occasions, but usually by myself for a take-away coffee or with my laptop. Slowly, they've become less and less a place to sit with your work (mid-afternoon, yes, but not during mealtimes, and I think they might have eliminated their wi-fi). BUT what they've become is excellent, so I'll forgive this. We sat upstairs for a special occasion lunch and had coffee (outstanding), wine (not a notable list, but sufficient), three meals (2 large, 1 small) and dessert for £45. A steal, really And service was prompt, friendly and all-around excellent. Very cool environment, too. LOVE the living wall, the on-site roasting, ect. Unique, hip, overall highly recommendable.Special Features:
- I was delighted to find outOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/4/2012I was delighted to find out that St Ali, a favourite coffee destination, was starting to offer dinner. A recent trip with my cousins, who are all hard to impress, didn't disapoint. The quail starter was delicious, and my brothers duck main was a huge source of food envy despite my very appeasing mushroom pie with a pea laksa. Great background music, impeccable service and a fantastic riesling made it well worth leaving home on what was a very wet April evening.Special Features:
- Absolutely amazing, greatOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 27/3/2012Absolutely amazing, great service, the best burger I have ever had - good beer and awesome coffee - I will be going back and soon hopefully.Special Features:
- Great value & outstanding coffeeOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 23/3/2012Everything about St Ali's is friendly, inviting and relaxing, from the staff right through to the decor. The menu isn't very extensive, but this is a good thing as everything we had to eat was very nice indeed, with interesting ingredients without being over adventurous. Everything we had was also very fairly priced and represented great value for money. The coffee here is outstanding with properly trained baristas and they even roast their own beans on site, and for anybody going to the likes of Starbucks etc in the area for their daily fix, shame on you! I will definitely be going back, and am looking forward to trying out the breakfast or brunch menu, which look very good too.Special Features:
- Delicious food, lovely venue,ilikethaifoodDined on 21/3/2012Delicious food, lovely venue, good service and value for money. We'll be back!
- Had the pleasure of havingOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/3/2012Had the pleasure of having dinner here on the 2nd evening St Ali opened. Ordered the burger, which was perfectly made, and the side of crushed potatoes were to die for, especially when washed down with a Camden lager. Enjoyed the ginger cake for dessert matched perfectly with a single origin coffee brewed expertly from an aeropress. I highly recommend St Ali if you are a foody and also if you love your coffee.Special Features:
- Went when newly opened; great spotCharleneDined on 9/3/2012A lot of Clerkenwell's restaurants cater to the lunch crowd, so finding a good spot for drinks and food without going to a pub or going too fancy can be tough. Workshop, formerly St Ali, is a stylish but casual spot anytime of day. Tea, coffee, great lunches during the day; in the evening, drinks and snacks downstairs, dinner upstairs. We went when it first opened but generally I think their service is friendly but could be more polished.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyed the eclectic menu.DBMCDined on 8/3/2012Enjoyed the eclectic menu. I had the corn fritters with poached eggs and halloumi - deliciously different. My lunch companion had the roast pepper and the cherry tomato risotto, which was let down by the fact that the rice was quite undercooked - the "crunchy" side of al dente! Desserts of creme brulee and millionaire shortbread did not disappoint (although the apple tuile which came with the creme brulee was inedibly chewy). Of course, good coffee. Service was ok - a large group arrived not long after us, which meant it was a little difficult getting staff attention. All in all, a quirky, nice local place, good menu, good ambience - some small niggles, but we both agreed we would come back.Special Features:
- I had a lovely birthday lunchMichiDined on 6/3/2012I had a lovely birthday lunch with my girlfriends and the food was fantastic.Special Features:
- Relaxing atmosphere, usuallyUnclesidDined on 5/3/2012Relaxing atmosphere, usually with a bit of a busy buzz about it. Enjoy the delicious in-house roasted coffee, great variety of local craft beers, brunch and lunch all very good. Have been back here a few times since and it was very good, service can be a bit slow.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.