56 – An independent coffee shop in E17

http://walthamstowdiary.com/2014/01/16/56-st-james-street/

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“It probably started with smoke signals or lighting beacons on hill tops, now we have phones, emails and text messages. What ever form it takes, humans have always found ways of communicating news. In Walthamstow,  twitter seems to be the communication channel of choice for many residents. I for one keep up with much of what is happening locally using it, in fact the reason I joined twitter was to make local connections.  On twitter, news travels much faster than using smoke signals, the arrival of the new cafe at 56 St James Street is a perfect example of how twitter can work. I knew the cafe was coming but on Wednesday evening I saw a tweet announcing it would be opening on Thursday. Sure enough this morning I could see people I follow had already been for a visit, before long photos of the inside of the shop and  snaps of cakes and drinks started popping in to my time line. I had decided to hold off on visiting as I had already made plans to go along on Friday, but by mid afternoon curiosity got the better of me.

Having taken in the interior we placed an order,  then perched on the bar stools that run along the window facing Station Road. As soon as I sat down I noticed the old mosaic style tiles that run along either side of the front door, a nice bit of the original interior that has thankfully been left in place. We didn’t try the food on this visit but the cakes displayed on the counter looked great. Although we didn’t eat I can vouch for the quality of the tea, and my other half tells me the coffee was very good. I’m more than a little excited that this new coffee shop has opened. Often when shops become available they are re born as a chicken shop or betting shop, sometimes they  get swallowed up by a major chain, I’m glad this didn’t happen to number 56. This new comer is a most welcome addition to the St James Street area of E17, I’ll definitely be paying it another visit.”  Walthamstowdiary

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