We’ve seen an epic summer here in London this July and I’ve also stuffed myself with some pretty great things too! Here are my favourite food finds of the month. Happy eating, everyone!
Mill & Brew is a local, homely and cosy cafe in North London. What I love about them is that they cater for the weekend Instagrammer who wants to snap a pic of their gorgeous bircher bowl or avocado toast, all the way to the local builder who wants a bacon sarnie and a cuppa tea. Having spoken with the chef Aiden, who trained under Jamie Oliver, it’s clear they are super passionate about their food and produce while still remaining modest and unpretentious. Shabby chic interior with bare brick walls will have you getting some serious decor envy. A hearty spot for breakfast.
23 The Broadway, London NW7 3DA, www.millandbrew.co.uk
When you think of a vegan burger what is the first thought that comes to mind? For me, it’s usually a patty made of mashed potatoes or pulses that doesn’t really taste like a proper burger at all. Dirty Bones have teamed up with Moving Mountains to bring you the ultimate vegan burger. The patty has a distinct meaty texture with no animals harmed in the process and it’s topped off with a really creamy mac & cheese made from cashew nuts. If you’re not vegan and just interested in trying new things the addition of beetroot juice to replicate a ’bleeding’ centre might be of interest. A great one for everyone, not just vegans.
14 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7HJ, http://www.dirty-bones.com
Whittard is a British tea company founded in 1886 and are still known today for their huge selection of fine coffee and tea. What a lot of people don’t know is that downstairs in their Covent Shop they have a hidden cafe where you can sit and enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea. From their menu you can choose anything from just simple scones and jam up to a full on 3 tier event like this one below depending on your budget. Informal but still special. Great location. Try the salted caramel hot chocolate.
9 The Marketplace, The Piazza, London WC2E 8RB, www.whittard.co.uk
I was very dubious about my visit to Purezza vegan pizza joint in Camden because let’s face it how is it possible for something practically made of cheese to be vegan?! Enter Purezza. Not only was Purezza ridiculously good, it was actually better than some I’ve had at a non-vegan restaurant. Their crust was substantial but light and chewy, the toppings with inventive and generous and the whole experience didn’t leave me feeling like I’d just had a ‘vegan’ pizza, I’d just had a bloody good one! As well, their cheesy dough balls dipped in the beetroot hummus were at another level. I’d go back tomorrow.
43 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PN, http://purezza.co.uk
If you read this blog a few weeks back you’ll already know of the newly opened market halls venture. This uber swanky food court in West London is open for lunch and dinner but now they’ve opened up their doors for that all-important brunch menu. A few things you’ll find are pork belly and pancakes from Hotbox, breakfast kebabs from Fannies and toast with all the trimmings at Claude’s. Not to mention you can buy a ‘build your box Bloody Mary box’ that is SOOOOOOO much fun. No reservations. Drink responsibility kids.
472 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1BY, https://www.markethalls.co.uk
‘Sharing plate’ style wine bars in London can sometimes be quite disappointing. Usually, you get just a few choices of wine and the food ends up being basic bowls of olives, sad looking meats and can come in very small portions. It’s fair to say Linden Stores does not fall into this category. They’ve taken humble British ingredients and turned them into little masterpieces that can be served with wine by the bottle or by the glass for £5. When basic things like the sourdough bread and marmite butter are possibly the most delicious combo you’ve ever eaten you know you’re in the right place. Fine British cooking at its best. Order lots of plates, share with some wine and then get the Bourbon biscuits for dessert. They are so much more than a wine bar with snacks!
220 St Paul’s Rd, Mildmay Ward, London N1 2LL, http://lindenstores.com
I first visited Spuntino about 6 years ago where I got my first taste of what eating out in a ‘cool’ place was like. 6 years on they are still going strong and still scream ‘look how trendy I am’. Their concept is New York style comfort food served around the bar at their bare brick Brooklyn style hangout. No tables. No healthy food. Just sliders, mac and cheese and PBJ for dessert. Bring friends, share lots.
61 Rupert St, Soho, London W1D 7PW, http://spuntino.co.uk
Indian Accent is a luxury Indian restaurant set in London’s swanky Mayfair and everything about them screams class. They offer an elegant menu of refined Indian dishes that are so much more than your usual curry and chips. There’s a great dish of DIY ghee roast lamb pancakes and even a pudding laced in 24-carat gold. You can choose 3 courses set at £55 or they offer a tasting menu for £85. If you want the full experience but it’s not in your budget then you can go for a pre-theatre option for under £30 if you can get there before 6 pm.