Historical version 2 of Poached, BR3 1AZ
- 07875 190957
- 12a Beckenham High Street, BR3 1AZ
- Mon-Fri: 6:30am-4pm (food served until 3pm); Sat: 8am-4pm; Sun: 8am-3:30pm
Coffee shop and brunch cafe in Beckenham.
It's a small space, in a single narrow shopfront just around the corner from Beckenham Junction Station. Seating is provided for around 16 people at half a dozen small slabby wooden tables plus a shelf with stools to one side. The wooden theme is continued on a feature wall and on the service counter at the back. A large window at the front provides a view onto Beckenham's car-choked High Street.
Kake visited on a Thursday morning in March 2018. There were three other customers when I arrived around 8:30am, and a couple of others were in and out while I was there. Ambient music was playing, not too loud.
I went for the Spanish breakfast (£8.40) photo with a pot of Teapigs Earl Grey tea (£2.70).
Poached eggs had properly runny yolks, but the whites were also a little runny in places, and one of them had taken on water which gushed out onto the plate when I cut into it. The figs and grapes were a little under-ripe, and some of the grilled courgettes were a little undercooked. The bread was good, and the crushed tomatoes on top were very nicely seasoned, but I did wish there had been more than one slice of it. The ham was good quality, and a generous serving.
Service was friendly and welcoming. A carafe of mint-containing tap water was placed on the table as I sat down, and when my tea arrived it came with a pre-heated cup. No service charge was added, and I couldn't see anywhere obvious to leave a tip.
Kake's verdict: Not all the details were quite right, but overall I thought it very promising. I'd come back if I was in the area.
Accessibility: A step to get in. Toilet not checked.