A weekend would not be complete without a Watch House coffee date. To say we are big fans is an understatement to which our rapid turnover of loyalty cards would attest. Having been spoiled for choice in Australia with outstanding coffee this local gem definitely hits the spot for an artisan caffeine fix.
The small site, at the end of Bermondsey Street, perched in St Mary Magdalene church yard is a thing of beauty. Originally home to guards on ‘watch’ for grave robbers in the 19th century it has been renovated beautifully into a place of Instagram dreams – complete with tiled floor, exposed brick walls and dressed with the most beautiful flowers. Every inch of the tiny shop is used excellently from the peg shelves bread display to the seating area which double as storage units. Even the plugs are carefully thought through with USB charging portals built into the furniture.
Local produce is the order of the day with bread from the Snapery and Little Bread Pedlar, a selection of peanut butters from Knead (who can be found in Harvey Nichols), Spoon Cereals granola (who also supply Selfridges), amazing treats from Knead Baking and Cross Town Doughnuts and large cakes from My Sweet Tooth Factory – to name just a handful! A tip – the raspberry and white chocolate brownies will change your life.
The great news is since the roaring success over the past two years the Watch House has now expanded into a second site – the Cardamon Building on Shad Thames. This larger site not only has a wider selection of baked goods from the aforementioned suppliers but it also boasts a delicious brunch menu. Having already sampled the “Watch House Eggs Benedict” and “Eggs in Purgatory” (their variation of shakshuka) I know we will be back soon…