“ Cuisine: Cafe / Location: 103 Lauriston Road, Hackney, London E9 7HJ „
Elbows café is in the lovely Victoria Park village just to the North of Victoria Park in Hackney, London.
From the outside it looks like its quite small but once inside it is actually pretty big. It has a conservatory area to the back which I like the best as it is very bright. They serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cakes, paninis and hot meals. They have a seating area outside the front which is nice in the summer and for smokers.
The atmosphere here is lovely. They don't mind you stopping in just for a coffee, unlike a lot of other cafes who make you feel you have to get food, and you never feel rushed. They are pretty child friendly, I took my nephew in when he was 8 months old and the staff made a real fuss of him - he loved it. It doesn't tend to get over run with screaming babies and pushchairs though.
Their coffee is very good and I am something of a coffee snob! Their cakes are delicious and they always have a wide variety, all home made (or they taste it anyway). Their vegetable lasagne is absolutely delicious - so much so that I get it every time and I am not even a vegetarian! Others I have eaten there with have had Panini, salads and jacket potatoes and all have been very good as well.
The prices are very reasonable -a Panini comes to about £4-£6. A slice of cake is between £2.50 and £3.50. A cappocino is £2.20. It is very easy to have lunch for under £10 and they are very generous with their portion sizes. Even though they have table service they don't add service to the bill. When you go up to the counter to pay there is a coffee cup with tips written on it but you never feel like you are under any pressure to tip if you don't want to. I always do though!