Homeboy and I were down in the East End of London so decided to try the new Cereal Killer Cafe. This is the UKs first speciality cereal café which serves 120 varieties from around the world along with 30 types of milk and 20 different toppings. So there are endless breakfast combinations to choose from. Located in the heart of Brick Lane, the Cereal Killer Cafe is a great place to visit if you’re searching for breakfast places in Shoreditch, breakfast places in London or just feel like you could murder a bowl of cereal!
We’d heard about this place already which has had mixed reactions – mainly positive but one journalist had been quite negative about the venture. A café serving cereal sounded like a great idea to us, very enterprising indeed! Anyone coming up with an original idea and going to the trouble of opening up a business these days should surely be applauded!
Cereal Killer Cafe – view the menu
This place was set up by identical twin brothers from Belfast – Alan and Gary Keery. The idea came from their own quest to find food in Shoreditch and fancying a bowl of cereal they spotted a gap in the market, hence their bright idea. The twins are lovers of cereal and if you love cereal make sure you visit.
The Keery Twin Brothers
There are over 120 varieties of cereal from all over the world. A large selection is from America, Australia, France, South Africa, South Korea and the UK. Keep an eye out for the rarer varieties like Booberry, Frankenberry, Count Chocula and Poppin Pebbles which is a popping candy cereal from America.
Collectors Cereal Selection
If you’re not sure what to order then it’s a good idea to choose one of the 13 cereal cocktails which combine an interesting mix of cereals which taste great together. I selected the ‘Don’t Have a Cinnaman’ which comprised of Curiously Cinnamon, Golden Grahams, Apple Jacks and honey along with semi skimmed milk. I just love cinnamon so this was the perfect option for me. It was priced at £3 for a medium bowl.
‘Don’t Have a Cinnaman’ Cereal Cocktail
Homeboy went for ‘The Lion King’ which contained Lion Cereal, Coco Caramel Shreddies, Mars Mix and Toffee Milk for £4. This was extremely sweet but so good. The cereal cocktails are priced between £3-4.90. To give you an idea about prices for solo cereal – a medium bowl of a British brand costs £3, American cereals are £3.70 and Global cereals are £3.70. Bowl sizes range from small, medium and large.
‘The Lion King’ Cereal Cocktail
These cereals can be hydrated with 30 varieties of milk. Regular milk – whole, semi and skimmed are all free with your bowl. Premium milks are an additional 40p and include organic options plus coconut, rice, almond and many flavour varieties. There’s also a choice of 20 toppings to jazz up your cereal which range from healthy fresh fruit, nuts and berries to sweet treats like Oreos, peanut butter cups and marshmallows. Toppings are 60p each.
Aside from the cereal you can also try 13 different types of pop tarts which include some unusual flavours like fudge sundae. They also have cereal inspired cakes by Nina’s Bakery which include Lucy Charm Cheese Cake and Rice Krispies Victoria Sponge. Toast and spreads are also on offer. Allpress coffee is on the menu and teas are from Tea Lovers Company.
Cereal Killer Cafe – see inside
The interior favours a vintage style which has been designed by Sara Lewin with a bowl of Lucky Charms as the inspiration. You’ll just love the Formica furniture, vintage kitchen cabinets and original 1970s yellow kitchen which have been reshaped as a bar.
The café is spread over two floors so make sure you also check out the basement which also has a cute little alcove den. There’s enough space for 50 people in total spread over both levels.
It’s homely and a visual feast thanks to the nostalgic memorabilia of from the 80s and 90s scattered around along with vintage cereal boxes. You can also flick through the vintage magazines while you’re munching away. Overall, it’s an inspirational and creative space to visit even if it’s just for a coffee but if you do have the munchies – even better!
Cereal Killer Cafe – information
Address: 139 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Near: Shoreditch High Street
Open: 7am until 10pm every day
Décor: Vintage nostalgic
Seating: 50 people over two floors
Reservations: None needed
Service Charge: No
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Cereal Killers and Homegirl London. Thanks: Emma Al-munshi for providing me with the press release and some photographs.