Assembly coffee, pastries and sourdough baked on-site in the open plan bakery, a handmade wood grill, pig’s head sausage rolls…
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Newington Table is this season’s best new breakfast-till-late establishment in East London. It’s a casual refuge blurring cafe, bakery and kitchen with drink offerings ranging from Assembly Coffee to cocktails to great wine and beer.
5 things everyone will enjoy at Newington Table:
- The bright, huge 1700 square foot space with high ceilings and massive windows facing Newington Green
- Communal dining experience facilitated at a 5m long table made of stylish Siberian larch and enhanced by vintage Tannoy speakers creating the perfect casual dining ambience
- They’re obsessed with making great food from humble seasonal ingredients (e.g. sea trout with lentils and monk’s beard)
- All of the pastries and sourdough are baked on site by pastry wizard Pierre Schiffrine
- Assembly espresso and various filter coffees changing seasonally to complement what’s on offer
What drives Newington Table and makes it so interesting is a philosophy based on community with passionate people - many of whom have volunteered time - coming together to make something equally incredible and affordable.
Owners Kim Copping and Craig Johnston crossed paths in some of West London’s most respected fine dining establishments before working together at Elliot’s in Borough Market. It was there they met fellow collaborator Rob Cassidy as a regular guest and conceived what would later become Newington Table.
At the core of the concept is the necessity to provide a platform for their chefs to be able to do something a bit more personal and stimulating. This attracted Head Chef Craig - formerly of Wild Honey, Arbutus and Les Deux Salons - and his worldly yet modest approach to putting together a menu.
Designed and built by the Newington Table team, a wood-burning grill rests at the heart of their massive open-plan kitchen. The soft perfume of glowing beech and oak works its way through the air and makes resistance real torture.
Now for a bit of erotica: The bacon comes from Maynard’s Farm in Shropshire, but before it meets the grill it gets the sous vide treatment for 8 hours resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth spiritual experience. Fish finger butties made with fresh whiting, cress and tartar on toasted, crusty, chunky, enriched white bread is comfort food at it’s best. But the real star of the menu is the pig’s head sausage rolls - big flaky pastry full of tender hunks of pig face and herbs. We’re addicted.
Kim cultivated his love of coffee working at Flat White and Pavilion, and we’re thrilled to be working together in presenting Assembly coffee at its very best. As you walk through the front door at Newington Table, all eyes are on their beautiful white and chrome three-group Nuovo Simonelli Aurelia on show next to a Mythos 1 grinder. Filter coffee plays a big role at Newington Table as well with multiple options on offer. In house now is our new natural Nicaraguan Las Calas - and it’s tasting juicier than you can imagine.
8AM until late
20 Newington Green
London N16 9PU
Words by Bryan Serwatka