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Music for Musicians on Sunday

This Sunday 9 May we are very pleased to have more jazz at the Highgate Wood and Queens Park cafés; as usual we will be hoping for your generous support for the Help Musicians (the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund) which funnels cash to musicians unable to play because of the pandemic. At Queens Park we have guitarist Tom Tlalim with Freedom Jazz — Jimmy Martinez and Alvaro Lopez — and at Highgate Wood we welcome back saxophonist Helena Kay guitarist and guitarist Will Arnold-Forster with Dario di’Lecce on double bass. Helena and Will are especially well known for their interpretation of the repertoire of the Sonny Rollins/Jim Hall quartet of the 1960s.

Tom Tlalim (left) with Freedom Jazz at Queens Park Café
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We are closing Nags Head Market stall

We will be trading for the last time at Nags Head Market this Friday March 26. This has been a hard decision to make given the support of some very loyal and appreciative customers. Also we pay tribute to our colleagues who have worked there and in particular Mohamed Bahraoui who built up a dedicated following and who is currently in Morocco following a family tragedy. We are still have a local presence with our cafés at Parliament Hill Lido and (soon reopening) at the Clissold Leisure Centre in Stoke Newington. The closure is for business reasons, which means that it costs more to stay open than to close, but we think the model of a covered market stall is a good one and we hope to revive it in future.

Hamza with our goodbye sign with the Covid mask adding to an unintendedly theatening effect …
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New season’s tomato seedlings on their way

Rare pink tomato Pêche Vilmorin Andrieux (1890)

During last year’s first lockdown we sold all the tomato seedlings we could grow so we are doing the same this spring. This year we will re-offer the same varieties that were a hit last time: noire de crimée (black krim), sungold, green zebra and pêche vilmorin plus this year red zebra and stupice. We will list them on the individual cafés sales websites as soon as they get a little bigger — probably the start of April