Sunday, May 4, 2008

Tottenham Civic Society Reviews Marmalade Cafe

Janet Harris a local resident of Bruce Grove and active member of the Tottenham Civic Society has been to visit the cafe everyone's talking about and sent in her review:

" Daiana, the proprietress of this new venture, used to do
the weekend cafe in Bruce Castle Museum until opening
Marmalade, so I know her from there.

Paying my first visit to her new establishment today, Daiana
was very pleased to see me. There were three customers
in there already (about 11.15am) plus another seven
came in while I was munching, one to order a take-away
snack and the others to eat on the premises. One of the
seven was a Mum with a little girl, dropping in after coming from the park.
So, steady business for a Thursday morning.

The whole ambiance and decoration is reminiscent of
Crouch End or Muswell Hill eateries, even down to the 'distressed'
wooden tables and dining chairs.

Now for the food! There was a wide choice of sandwiches
and rolls. Had a 'half-baguette' filled with egg mayo
and lashings of cress, accompanied by a green salad
(no sign of iceberg lettuce!) and dressing. Also had
one of Daiana's famous cakes and a pot of tea.

The 'half baguette' was so huge and filling that I
brought half home with me. Daiana and her assistant
were happy to supply me with a doggy bag. The pot of
tea provided one-and-a-half generous cups. My meal
came to £5.70:

Tea 95p per pot
Cake £1.75
Baguette £3.00

Today's 'special' was lasagna at £6.50 per portion.
On my taking some leaflets for distribution, Daiana apologised
that she'd had to raise the prices by 5% since the
leaflets were published. See from the leaflets that
Marmalade also does Kids' Parties Saturdays and
Sundays, plus there is a Kids' Menu from around £2.50.

Marmalade is open 8-6 Mon-Fri and 9-5 on Saturdays. Closed Sunday.
The location is 40 Lordship Lane, N17 8NS
next door but one to Bruce Castle Park gates and
almost opposite the Magistrates' Court.

Marmalade's number is 020 8808 9111 end e-mail:

Not only does Marmalade sell herbal teas and provides
an English Breakfast for just over a fiver but also
sells marmalade! Yes!! And made by Daiana herself.
She told me this was her first venture at making
marmalade and it's turned out a bit runny. She
recommends that after spreading your toast, that the
slice is held absolutely level. A small jar (no
weight printed on the label but should imagine about
1/2 lb) costs £1.50.

Janet Harris
Tottenham Civic Society "

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