Tutti’s – Holborn

Reviewed on August 21st, 2016 by Dina

Tutti’s is a lovely cafe which feels spacious as soon as you walk in. There are tables outside as well as additional seating on the lower level.

Soft jazz music contributes to the relaxed atmosphere of Tutti’s. Union hand roasted coffee made up the white Americano drink. It was a really good coffee with the soya milk.

The staff were friendly and brought the coffee to our seats once it had been ordered at the counter.

Tutti’s does a range of freshly made food including breakfast items, pastries, jacket potatoes, soups, pasta, salads and sandwiches. There are also fresh juices, smoothies and teas on offer.

Tutti’s, 68 Lamb Conduit’s Street, Holborn, London, WC1N 3LW

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Fleet River Bakery – Holborn

Reviewed on November 25th, 2015 by Dina

Located at one end of Lincoln Inn’s Fields is Fleet River Bakery. It is a corner cafe with seating outdoors and around the side of the cafe. There are a few window seats and additional seating on the lower level.

On the wooden counter, the salads, quiches and frittatas are on display. Even though these are served by the staff, it is a shame that they are open by the area where people queue. It would be so much better to have the food covered or behind the counter.

Adjacent to this area, the counter extends to the fridge containing sandwiches, paninis and big cream filled scones. There are cakes galore on the shelves along the back wall. These include cookies, brownies and also gluten free cakes.

Whilst I was at Fleet River Bakery, a fresh frittata had just been cooked. It looked of good quality along with all of the other cooked food.

There is an extensive range of teas, coffees and iced drinks. The coffee collection counter is separate to the till paying counter. The white decaffeinated Americano was served in small white cup. The coffee itself was good but the soya milk looked like it had curdled some in the coffee.

Fleet River Bakery was extremely busy at lunchtime with queues coming out of the door. The staff served the customers promptly. All in all Fleet River Bakery is a nice cafe with its fresh quality products.

Fleet River Bakery, 71 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3JH

Rating: ★★★½☆

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FreeState Coffee – Holborn

Reviewed on March 8th, 2015 by Dina

On the outside of the quaint Sicilian Avenue is FreeState Coffee. There is a good buzz and a relaxed atmosphere with this coffee shop.

Wooden tables and chairs, a bit like Victorian school desks are inside and there are also benches for the outdoor seating. The tables are decorated with green foliage and berries in vases. Lots of natural light comes through into the seating area.

The staff are friendly and give service with a smile. They make you feel like a valued customer. There is a counter near the entrance where you place your coffee and food order. Once your order has been made, your name is called out and you go and collect it.

An additional counter is where the V60 Drip Coffee is made. V60 Drip Coffee is a manual style of coffee brewing where the coffee flows through a cone straight into your cup.

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At the moment, my coffee of choice seems to be the Americano. The popular Latte has become too heavy and milky for my liking. It is guaranteed that at some point my drink preference will change, maybe with the change of seasons.

As FreeState only do caffeinated coffee, a Flat White soya coffee was had this time. It came in a small green cup. It was a really smooth rounded coffee. There are guest espressos and a daily brew available. On this particular day, the special brew was Caravan roasted Ethiopian and Kenyan coffee.

A perfect treat with the coffee was the Pastel de Nata. Sweet, creamy filling encased by the flaky pastry was delicious. The staff were accommodating when we asked if we could have the pastries that had not been on display. They gave us them from the fridge behind the counter.

All of the croissants, muffins and pastries are baked daily on site. There are also freshly made sandwiches, soups and salads. It is a shame that all of the baked goods and the sandwiches are on open display where the customers queue. It would have been better for the items to be displayed behind the counter or at least with covers. The food looked of a high quality. There was an interesting soup of the day, Kale and Quinoa.

FreeState is a wonderful place and it feels like a “proper” coffee shop with its quality coffee, friendly staff and a good place to come and relax!

FreeState Coffee, 23 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 5HA

Rating: ★★★★☆

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