It might just be the first day of spring. I’m sat on the edge of a skate park, under the awning of a renovated outbuilding, sipping an espresso w 2.5 milk. I couldn’t feel cooler and at the same time so very uncool. You see I’m not playing it very cool at all. In I trot, camera in hand, snapping away like some kind of super fan.
Fields is the second outpost from the brains behind Balham’s incredibly popular M1lk and of all the coffee spots I’ve tried in London to date, this is the most (how best to put this?) ‘back to basics’. The space is so uncontrived it feels almost misplaced out here in South London, I mean I’m really not sure we’re cool enough for this sort of thing. The cheaper than cheap Ikea stools, school canteen style tables, rusty-poled corrugated plastic awning, it’s bloody brilliant.
What’s more, the denim-clad barista looks like he’s just skated in off the skate park. He charmingly entertained my incessant snapping and if like me you’ve only just got to grips with the difference between a Piccolo, Cortado and Flat white, he’ll politely explain the menu as you won’t find any of them here. My espresso w 2.5 milk (essentially a Piccolo) is strong, it’s punchy and along with this newly found gem and the welcome return of spring, it’s making me feel a little high on life.
And don’t be fooled by the appearance of the place, the food here is taken just as seriously as the coffee. Their sourdough is from Brixton, their salmon from Hansen & Lyderson and their eggs come courtesy of the regal Clarence Court. On this occasion I’m just drinking, but if I come back…correction, when I come back, it’ll be for the Sourdough Croque Madame with Gloucester old spot ham, emmental and smoked egg yolk. Alongside a glass of organic wine, we are in South London after all.
Always one for details take note:
- Open: Fri – Sun 9am – 5pm. Full opening for spring/summer 2015 is just around the corner
- Prices ranges from £2.8 for sourdough toast, £5.5 for poached eggs on sourdough, and £9.0 for their take on Eggs Royale
- Their beans are from Workshop Coffee Co. Big tick
- They serve natural wine by the glass for £5.0. Yes please!
- Keep up to date with opening hours @fieldscafe
- Find out more at fieldscafe.com // Clapham Common SW4