Appestat has a rustic feel to its cafe. There are big wooden tables, bench like seating, window seats and cosy sofas. The area at the back is where most of the seating is. There is a lively atmosphere contributed by the music. The kitchen is on the lower level and the sandwiches and salads are made fresh.
The counter area has the pastries, brownies and cakes. Some are in covered displays and some unfortunately are not. The fridge in the cafe area has food not in containers such as the sausage rolls. Crates of fruit and surplus cakes in boxes are also in this fridge. Deli items such as cereals, jams, condiments are on the metal shelving and are available to purchase.
Appestat has an extensive drinks menu. The teas are from The Fine Tea Co, hot chocolate from Jaz and Jules and there is freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices. A decaf Americano was given in a black cup with saucer. The hot soya milk was provided on the side in a small milk bottle. The coffee was not as rich and full bodied.
The staff were friendly and made you feel relaxed. They give you time to order and are not rushed. When the cafe is busy, it’s considerate of the staff to suggest places for a seat. It’s these additional little touches that make the customer feel welcome.
Appestat, 102 Islington High Street, Angel, London, N1 8EGRating: