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I have to disagree with you on Melange; we go quite often and staff are unfailingly pleasant and the food is yummy. Don't know what might have happened to you on your visit but it's completely at odds with ours. And they seem to be a pretty successful place - been there for almost 18 months now and usually looks packed of a Thursday/Friday/Saturday night.
Ha ha, I'm the other way round. I hate the Habedashery with a passion. So rude and pompous. Melange has only ever shown me a good time, and it's reasonably priced.
But another coffee shop? really?
'Beam me up more like'. 'Spacious and delightful coffee shop'. Puleeze. More like a yummy mummy venue with screaming brats. Will be happy to avoid this buggy nightmare. With any luck the buggy brigade will de-camp here leaving the other coffee venues as peaceful havens.
Also disagree re Melange. Always had a great time there. And completely agree re Haberdashery. Unbelievably precious in all aspects other than food and service.
I also had very poor service at Melange after giving the place a second chance and will now never go back. The last time I visited they forgot my meal, only to bring it out after my daughter had finished eating and served other diners around me (who had arrived after us) the same dish I had ordered. To top it off, I was also overcharged when our bill arrived. I look forward to a spacious new coffee shop opening up soon and as part of the so called 'buggy brigade' who has a happy, well behaved young daughter who likes to eat out with her parents, I will be be happy for the miserable child haters to avoid new places like Beam and continue to frequent Melange or better still for the rest of us in Crouch End, suggest they just stay at home.
I will rise to this: desiring peace and quiet having a coffee and reading a paper does not make me a child hater. I'm a noise hater, for sure. So do go and frequent Bream! You will be in good company.
Good tip Rich. Cheers!
I've lived here for nearly 30 years and those that know me know that I am not cynical and as far from grumpy as it possible to get. I rejoice in the diversity of the Crouch End community and have served it all these years. This doesn't mean I have to put up with other people's noise when I have other choices available as now do you.
On all of the three occasions I have visited Melange with friends, we have had a great time.
Please stop goading me into descending into your level of debate. We should be free to express our reasoned opinions on here without having personal insults thrown at us.