Jim’s Café

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There’s something about getting back from another country that makes you appreciate the gems on your doorstep. So I thought I’d try Jim’s Café, the oldest cafe on Chatsworth Road. Previously an Italian cafe and ice cream factory in the 1960s before serving as a local caff until its closure 6 years ago, it’s been re-opened to retain much of the old decor and charm. I can’t believe I’ve walked past this place for 3 years (in my defence, it’s been closed for two and a half of those years, but I have no excuse for the rest of the time).

I sat down in what used to be the ice cream factory in the back, to a classic British and (mostly) organic menu: mine was the sausage and grilled tomato Benedict with a side of mushrooms and a cup of tea. Now, I usually have an overwhelming phobia of small portions; the only thing worse than food envy is paying for a meal and still being hungry afterwards. Perving on other diners’ meals on walks past Jim’s window had previously put me off of stepping inside, but I’m glad I finally decided to bite the bullet – and the brunch. Jim’s Café provides and warm, welcoming atmosphere and a mishmash of simple flavours that kept me full all day. I’ve learned that good, wholesome things can come in small packages, so I’ll definitely be back for dinner.

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Jim’s Café is at 59 Chatsworth Road, E5 0LH.

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