Trendy Shoreditch cafe, Cream, is co-owned by the chef Magnus Reid, has closed. The space on New Inn Yard, between Shoreditch High Street and Great Eastern Street, which opened at the beginning of 2015, has been taken over by coffee specialists Greg Boyce and Dom Sherington, who own Lanark Coffee on Hackney Road, one of Eater London’s essential London coffee shops. It is called Visions Canteen.
Reid told Eater that he and his business partner Andrew Kanter were working on other projects. “Our attention and time for the place has drifted — I had a kid, am at Legs [his modern bistro on Morning Lane in Hackney] full time, and want to be open up for new exciting projects.”
He also said that it was by no means a “sad exit” and that cafe always made money. Indeed, he said, it “paid for the entirety of Legs, as well as fun trips and parties.”
Asked whether they might open somewhere else, Reid said, “We have no plans to move it, but probably keep it in the back pocket, you never know.”
Reid and Kanter have also played a role in securing the new tenants.
“When we decided to move it on, we saw the opportunity to help someone we liked expand/get a good site etc. So [we] only offered it up to good friends and people we believe do good things. Greg and Dom from Lanark have a great thing going on, and we’re excited to see what they do with the place.”