This is an extract from the November Newsletter. To subscribe, scroll to the bottom of any page and enter your email. A deeper look into three of our favourite cafes/restaurants from the London Brunch Guide.
Words and photos by Alice (@howalicegrewtall) and myself.
Popham’s Bakery, N1
A conclusion has been made and that conclusion is, *drum roll please*, pastry is the BEST food group. It's just great. Sweet or savoury, it has our approval, and you can do no better than Popham's bakery in Islington to cover both spectrums. The flavour combinations are super innovative and a delight too the ol' tastebuds. We chose the much talked about 'Rosemary and Sea Salt' alongside the 'Nectarine, Ginger and Pistachio'. They did not disappoint.
Not only is Popham's a great stop for pastry goodness, but also a spot on coffee. They use Ozone coffee beans and serve their coffee in the trendiest of handmade crockery, taking that hipster order of an 'oat milk flat white' to the next level. And no, we don't care how lame we sound, because it's really tasty.
26 Grains, WC2H
26 Grains is a cosy little corner in Neals Yard, a stones throw from Covent Garden station. They have managed to create a super stylish breakfast & lunch establishment in a small space, with marble worktops and handmade crockery (this seems to be a running trend.)
Despite being known for their porridge, we decided to go for a classic 'Avo on Toast' served on sourdough, of course. Great texture partnered with a delightful Almond Dukkah for crunch. The winner here however, was the 'Blackberries and Soft Cheese' on toast. Again, on a delicious piece of sourdough, topped with creamy soft cheese and a super fresh blackberry compote/preserve plus some lemon thyme - what a dreamy combination.
Ottolenghi, multiple locations
Not much needs to be said here, as we know Ottolenghi's restaurants have been all the talk for quite some time now, however we thought it could take another mention. This place is a winner for selection when it comes to cakes and sweet treats, covering all manner of dietary requirements, whilst not compensating on flavour. We tried the pistachio and tangerine cake with yuzu icing and oh mama was it good. Perfect in texture, flavour and of course it was super 'moist' (sorry for that word people).
Of course, it goes without saying, the salad selection here was extensive too.