The Counter Cafe

On Sunday, Alex and I got up at the crack of dawn (8am) and walked the short distance to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Our mission?

To go for a swim in the 50m Olympic Pool.

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It was a beautifully sunny day, so I was quite glad for the excuse to get up and enjoy it (rather than lounge around in our PJs watching Friends. Which is our usual Sunday morning occupation).

The pool was awesome. It’s huge (turns out 50m is a LONG WAY) and definitely showed how unfit I was! It was pretty amazing to be swimming in the same pool we were watching on the TV in 2012.

After a few lengths we were pretty knackered so decided to go and do something we’re really good at. Eat brunch.

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Hackney Wick is a short walk from the Olympic Park and it feels like a totally different world to Stratford. Nestled among the workshops and overpriced terrace houses is this little gem – a cafe and coffee roastery, tucked away next to the canal.

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The deck outside is perfect for duck-watching and gazing at the magnificent Olympic Stadium. And enjoying a freshly squeezed orange juice.

Their brunch menu is amazing. And even more mouthwatering when you’ve been for an arduous swim.

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I could have had at least 3 different courses, but I was restrained and went for a focaccia stuffed with bacon, avocado and egg, with a smear of homemade tomato relish.

It was basically everything I love encased in bread.

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Alex had his usual – the Big Breakfast. Look how yellow those eggs are! The beans were homemade and the potato cakes were really special.

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The perfect reward for all our swimming.

Just in case we weren’t quite feeling rewarded enough, we picked up a couple of treats from their amazing cake collection to eat later.

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I would recommend a swim in the Aquatic Centre. But more than that, I’d recommend brunch at The Counter Cafe. It’s bloody excellent.

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