A visit to the dairy

August 7, 2011 at 9:04 am | Posted in Eating and Drinking, George | 1 Comment
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After referring to the dairy in Five Have a Wonderful Time in my last-but-one-post, I decided to have  an early morning visit to Jones Dairy. This cafe and shop is just off Columbia Road and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

On Sundays the cafe opens at 8am – perfect for an early morning visit to the flower market before the crowds descend. There is tea and French press coffee (with hot milk if so desired); a selection of bagels with various fillings; Chelsea buns, Bath buns and, yes, doughnuts, just like the dairy in Wonderful Time (‘”I feel like having a couple of doughnuts at the dairy”, said George’).

This used to be a working dairy with eight milking cows occupying the space now used for the cafe (pictured below). Every six months the cows would be exchanged for cows fresh from the Welsh hills. Sadly there are no longer inner city cows here (although this is probably good for them), so the cafe and shop do not supply their own milk, cheese, cream and ice cream in the style of the Blytonian dairies featured in the Famous Five and the Five Findouters stories. However, the shop does stock a range of English and Welsh cheeses, English honey, eggs, fresh bread, Welsh cakes (75p each), lemon, orange and limecurd plus packets of quality tea and coffee. It’s perfect for provisions, especially if you happen to be staying in a gypsy caravan nearby, along with a fire-eater, knife-thrower and bendy man who appears to be made from India Rubber. Perhaps this is not too outlandish for Shoreditch?

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