A Grim North

Musings from a northerner living in the deep south…

Cafe Culture on the North Circular

Posted by Alan on September 8, 2010

Ace Cafe, London

Ace Cafe, London

I’ve been intrigued by the Ace Cafe since I saw it on some London documentary TV show. Probably ‘Suggs survivors’ or something like that.  It’s plonked on the north bank of the North Circular (A406 to true petrolheads) in Stonebridge and sandwiched between two industrial estates.  Every time we head back to Manchester we pass on the train and have many a time planned to get down there.

Last Sunday we had Ruth’s family round and her dad, Ian, is into trial bikes so we figured it would be a good trip.  Even in my current state of ‘man-flu’d up pathetic uselessness. So we set off around the North Circular towards the West. I forgot how awful London traffic can be – very glad that I was not driving!

Cup of tea

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It is after all, a cafe.  Standard fayre of tea/coffee/breakfasts etc were seen.  Tea was enjoyed outside watching a series of bikers come and go.

Inside the Ace Cafe

Inside the Ace Cafe

As we left they were gearing up for a car meet. Looked like a gathering of chav-mobiles to me (sorry – I don’t know any better!) so we cleared off out of the way.  Wouldn’t mind going back sometime to grab some food and to see a (classic) meet in context.

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2 Responses to “Cafe Culture on the North Circular”

  1. cowfish said

    I live around the corner and still haven’t made it over… I hear the bikes well enough so I should probably take advantage of the potential for a weekend fry up.

  2. Alan P said

    A friend of mine from work has all the bits to build a mini in her garage…so if she ever gets it back in one piece and decides to head across for a mini do…I’ll let you know!

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