Before Starbucks and Costa there was Jacob. Around 500 years before. Jacob (his surname is lost to history) opened the first coffee shop in England in 1651 and is honoured by the latest arrival at Seven Dials, Jacob The Angel. This unique coffee shop and takeaway opens on 30th August and looks like it will be as heavenly as the name suggests – because Jacob, let’s be honest was a true hero for bringing us the coffee shop.
With just 13 seats, the intimate coffee joint will sell sandwiches, pastries and snacks alongside their high-quality coffee -they’re working with the award-winning Square Mile Roastery. Breakfast, lunch and tea (teatime tea, not Northern tea) will include breakfasts of chia, turmeric and medjool date bircher or whipped feta, honey and walnuts on sourdough toast. A typical lunch (the menu will change daily) menu will include butternut squash, sweet onion and sage quiche or a chicken, rose harissa, coriander and whipped feta sandwich. And you know it’s going to be good as they’re getting their ingredients from the likes of Newton & Pott, The Dusty Knuckle Bakery and Neal’s Yard Dairy.
The team behind Jacob The Angel are as impressive as their latest opening. Brother and sister duo Layo and Zoe Paskin are the founders of The Palomar and The Barbary, as well as The End and AKA. The food comes from Daniela Gattegno, until now a sous chef at The Barbary and previously at Ottolenghi, Moro and Morito. With pedigree like this we can expect some special sarnies and exceptional coffee.
Jacob The Angel, Seven Dials: Opens 30th August, 16 1⁄2 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP, www.jacobtheangel.co.uk