Murray Blake

London food blogger

Sacred Café

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Unit 14, Highbury Studios, 8 Hornsey Street, N7 8EG
Nearest tube: Holloway Road
Flat white: £2.50

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Sacred is a little chain with three outlets in Soho, Westfield and Highbury, I popped into the Highbury branch for a morning coffee with some friends based in North London.

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The café is in a rather odd off the beaten track location in a new housing development a few minutes’ walk from Holloway Road tube.  On entering, the sacred theme is not immediately obvious, that is until you look upwards to be greeted by a 5 foot plastic angel cradling a coffee cup.  Seating is mostly in large comfy sofas, but it was rather chilly because the ceilings are high and the insulation of the new building very poor. I had read that the shops were Kiwi run (hence I was expecting a killer flat white) and the baristas did indeed appear to be of an antipodean persuasion.  They looked a bit like backpackers who had taken a wrong turn somewhere, but they were very friendly and certainly knew their way around a coffee machine.

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My flat white was very well presented with delicate latte art, the milk had been very well treated and had integrated properly with the espresso.  The quality of coffee was good; apparently the beans come from Nicaragua – the baristas weren’t sure what their London supplier is, but I suspect it might be Monmouth.  There were a few stray coffee grains in the bottom of my cup – I am still not sure if that is a sign of the ability of the baristas, quality of machine or unrelated to either, but I have never seen stray coffee grains in a flat white from Federation.  To accompany my coffee I had a fresh croissant which was light and fresh, along with a New Zealand lolly cake which consisted of marshmallows and biscuit fragments, brought together with a condensed milk then rolled in coconut.  It was extremely sweet and far too sickly for me: I think it would even make a Glaswegian grandmother think twice about the decay on her dentures before she tucked in……not recommended.

Verdict

Sacred offers proper antipodean flat whites, but avoid the Lolly cake.

Coffee score – 3/5
Atmosphere – 1/5

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