Horizon is a bona fide all-day institution, its freshly-baked treats and convivial vibe ensuring a stream of regulars. Part laid-back east London hangout, part Mediterranean cafe, part New York style deli, with its attractive, pendulous lights and vast glass counters, the look makes for a bustling cosmopolitan space.Despite the Lavazza crockery, the Algerian owners have long moved on to serving the less well known Biscardi beans from Naples. The Brooklyn blend features 50% robusta for a bitter-strong cup with an extra frothy dark crema.
We’re prone to enjoying their signature nibbles (pictured) with our americanos, too: particularly irresistible is a just-out-of-the-oven almond ball, with a nicely gooey marzipan centre and retro cherry on top, and a syrupy-sweet delicate filo parcel, its outer crunch contrasting nicely with the soft pistachio cake filling.
With a decent range of lunches behind the counter, and a cute mezzanine level to escape to if there’s a bit too much of a social buzz around the big screen TV downstairs, most locals – like our recent interviewee, Russell Frost from Hookpress – can enjoy Horizon on their own terms.