Cafe Adagio, CR0 6RB
- 227 Lower Addiscombe Road, CR0 6RB
- Mon-Thu: 9am-5pm; Fri-Sat: 9am-late; Sun: 10am-4pm
Independent cafe in Addiscombe.
The decor is upmarket, with a stone-flagged floor and bentwood chairs. The walls play host to regularly-changing exhibitions of original art, most of it for sale, and often by local artists. Pot plants sit here and there, and a rack on the wall holds a selection of travel guides. They have live music and open mic nights at the weekends.
Note: Since our visit described below, they've simplified the menu; as of June 2018 the only savoury food available is a selection of Spanish omelettes.
Kake and Pippa visited on a Tuesday morning in August 2016. There were a couple of other customers when we arrived a little before 9:30am, and others came in and out while we were there, many seemingly regulars. Chill-out music was playing, not too loud.
Smoked salmon symphony (smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on a bagel; £5) photo was OK, though the eggs were a little dry and overcooked for Kake's taste. Tea (£1.50) came in an ornate metal teapot photo, large enough for two people.
Service was very friendly, but a little scattered. Our tea had two teabags left in despite being ordered "very weak", they forgot to bring milk for the tea, and the scrambled eggs arrived with a fork but no knife.
Accessibility: No steps to get in. Step-free throughout, though access to the toilet is narrow (and through the kitchen).