Review: New Clerkenwell lunch spot Printworks Kitchen offers diners a healthy alternative

Printworks Kitchen

Printworks Kitchen - Credit: Archant

New Clerkenwell eatery Printworks Kitchen brings something new to the lunchtime food scene.

Located in Rosebery Avenue, Printworks Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, and coffee to eat in or take away, and offers a menu of fresh, healthy and light food, which rotates seasonally.

There is a range of locally sourced produce on offer to diners, including freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and a soup of the day.

Printworks Kitchen also specialises in coffee, sourcing its freshly roasted, fair-trade coffee beans from The Horsham Coffee Roasters in West Sussex, and offering its own Bold Blend, which balances rich, chocolaty coffee with a hint of caramel.

Printworks Kitchen is run by Danielle Brown, a Leiths trained chef who has been cooking professionally for the last 8 years and now runs her own catering company, Delumptious, alongside managing Printworks Kitchen, and Catherine Rose, who set up her own free-from and vegan bakery company, Sweetcheeks, in 2009.

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Catherine says that before Printworks Kitchen opened, nearby office workers were in a bit of a “black hole”, and struggled to find something light and healthy for lunch nearby.

The light and airy interior of the cafe is modern yet welcoming, and Printworks Kitchen offers conveninetly located plug sockets, complimentary Wi-Fi, and an honesty library, which gives a gentle nod to its origins as a printer.

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We chose to eat in, and tried two of the wide range of fresh salads on offer – both were fresh and flavourful.

My friend opted for the pea, mint, and feta, while I chose a potato salad with green beans and mint.

My friend had hers with chicken schnitzel, while I went for the hot smoked salmon bagel, which, with a generous helping of fresh dill, was one of the best I’ve had.

All the food at Printworks Kitchen is gluten free, but you wouldn’t know to try it – my bagel tasted just as good as any ‘ordinary’ one.

As well as the speciality coffee, there are a range of fresh juices on offer to wash it all down with, and we both opted for freshly squeezed orange, which was refreshing and packed full of juicy bits.

For anyone with special dietary requirements, on a summer fitness kick, or just looking for a tasty yet healthy lunch, Printworks Kitchen will be a welcome addition to the Clerkenwell food scene.

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