Springfield Park Cafe, E5 9EF
- 020 8806 0444
- White Lodge Mansion, Springfield Park, E5 9EF
- 10am-6pm Mon-Sun (Apr-Oct); 10am-4pm Mon-Sun (Nov-Mar)
A park cafe in Springfield Park, Upper Clapton, which also goes by the name "Spark Cafe".
The high-ceiling roofs of this former mansion building now house this friendly cafe. A short order kitchen operates behind the front bar area, and a few tables dot themselves around this and the adjoining room, with its large windows and creaky floors. There's also a large outdoors seating area in the park itself, with some spectacular views across the Lea Valley.
As might be expected this is a popular location for parents of the area, but there's usually space and it's never too overpowering.
Ewan visited for breakfast on a Saturday morning, and got the vegetarian option photo, which came with the usual ingredients (baked beans, a sunny side-up fried egg, mushrooms and some rather blackened grilled tomatoes) along with vegetarian sausages trying to emulate the real thing, all quality ingredients, mostly (apart from those burnt tomatoes) well-cooked, and filling. Jo's healthier breakfast photo still managed to find a place for halloumi and bread, alongside its cucumber, peppers and hummous, but it was pretty decent.
Breakfasts were priced around £6, with coffee photo an extra. They also have an orange juice machine which squeezes fresh orange juice: pricy but very tasty.