Sunday, 1 February 2009

Jones Dairy Cafe

We went to Columbia Road today to buy some plants and flowers. Had coffee, bagels and Welsh cakes at Jones Dairy Cafe. I love this place - it's a relic of a lovely bit of ethnic mixing.

The London Welsh dairies diversified from milk deliveries to found little general stores, and so effectively invented today's corner shop. This one has evolved into a cafe and it's only natural that it should sell bagels, adding in some of the East End's Jewish heritage.

This East End Jewish-Welsh mix always seems an unlikely one to me - despite the fact that I happen to be Welsh with a bit of East End Jewish thrown in. It works very well at Jones Dairy Cafe. (As does the cast iron stove, about 5' tall and articulated so it looks like some rusty-red ancient ziggurat).

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