Sawyer and Gray

290A St Paul's Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LH, UK

Editor's Review

Walking into Sawyer & Gray is partly like stepping into a Dickensian novel, and partly like jumping through your screen onto a Pinterest board. Like the black-and-white photographs on display, the colour palette is monochrome – distressed wood and painted white furniture abounds – but it is bright and airy thanks to a skylight above the stairs. The Victorian building is full of little nooks and crannies harbouring vintage household objects (scales, pots and pans, a telephone, a bike) as ornaments, but the best alcoves, though easily missed, are the cosy low-ceilinged booths under archways downstairs.

Although there is internet available during the week, at weekends they observe a ‘no wifi’ policy, trying to encourage you to talk to each other like in the olden days; an ideal place to take an old friend for a catch up over one of their reliable Origin coffees. Five minutes from Highbury & Islington station.

Reviewed by Jonny Clowes.


Cafe Features

Loose Leaf Tea
Brunch/Lunch
Licensed
Pets Allowed
Wifi
Table Seating
Toilets

Coffee + Drinks

Filter Coffee
Non Dairy
Decaf
Iced Coffee
House Roaster
Origin
Guest Roaster
None
Grinder
Mazzer Major, Mazzer Superjolly
Coffee Machine
La Marzocco GB5
Opening Hours
Monday:
00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday:
00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday:
07:30 - 15:00
Thursday:
07:30 - 15:00
Friday:
07:30 - 15:00
Saturday:
08:30 - 16:00
Sunday:
09:30 - 16:00