Welcome, welcome – I hope you’re hungry because I’m about to tantalise those taste buds with what may just be my fave brunch spot ever! If you’re a dweller of North London (like me) then I’m sure you’ll have visited Cafe Beam already but I thought it was high-time I spread the word far and wide so you can all experience the foodie delights it has to offer. A few minutes down the road from me is the Crouch End branch of Beam, having also opened a second cafe in Highbury (which I’m yet to visit) but the original has been a firm neighborhood favourite of mine for the past five years or so.
“As a mother and son team we have lived in Crouch End for over 25 years, run a bistro for 12 years and now have opened Beam. We adore our community and are passionate about local produce and trade. We aim to feed our lovely customers well and encourage customer reviews, suggestions and feedback, so we can meet your desire for the perfect eatery.”
“The result is variety – big exciting flavours and naturally healthy dishes.”
The menu at Beam is full of flavours and vibrant colours. Using only fresh produce each dish is cooked and served with care. There’s also a full range of choice for those who like vegetarian, fish, meat, poultry or game dishes – something for everyone! Along with brunch Cafe Beam also offer excellent lunch and dinner options.
What We Ordered
FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST
Free-range egg, Warman Cumberland sausage, Norfolk smoked bacon, portobello mushroom, hash brown and beans, served with buttered artisan bloomer toast. | 10.95
Parma ham, scrambled eggs, buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, rocket and parmesan, served on artisan sourdough. | 10.50
Orange and Prosecco. | 6.85
Artisian coffee And Milk | 3.00
The food really is excellent and the size of the portions are very large and great value for money. As I’ve been a few times, I have tried a variety of dishes before so in addition to the above, I’d also recommend the pancakes, the breakfast burrito and the eggs benedict. The food, service and location are all perfect. Crouch End is such a wonderful little hub of independent stores and restaurants and certainly a great place to visit at the weekend. Beam do not take reservations and so you may have to wait 10/15 minutes for a table at the weekend – it gets very busy but the food is 100% worth the wait. The decor is very cute with antique features throughout and the staff are friendly and very helpful when it comes to recommendations. Overall the experience is a must for all North Londoners and for those of you living a little further afield – I’d say it’s worth the journey plus it’s in a delightful neighborhood so you can make a day out of it for sure. A big thankyou for Beam for inviting me to review, I’ll no doubt me back very soon… I can’t keep away!
Beam Crouch EndOpen from 8am to 6:30pm