Created in 2014 by husband and wife team Kell and Jacqueline, Snaps & Rye is a Danish cafe and restaurant near the famous Portobello road in West London. They specialise in Nordic cuisine and Danish delicacies, all the while keeping a very slight nod to the British staples we already know and love. You can eat brunch, lunch and dinner at their stylish Scandinavian eatery without setting foot on a plane, and this was the location for February’s London Food Social. A monthly meet up for people who love food and want to meet others who feel the same!
It’s no secret that that part of the world is known for its stunning design. I mean how many of us wish our homes looked like an IKEA showroom? In true ‘Scandi’ style, Snaps & Rye is full of clean lines, muted colours and simple, beautiful corners. If you’ve heard of the term ‘hygge’ that countless books, magazines and online articles have talked about this year it embodies exactly that. A word that owner Kell describes as “ So much more than just cosiness. Where all your senses are evoked by just feeling good. Good company, friends, candlelights, it’s a time/place where you have no worries, you are just really content.”
Exactly what a weekend brunch should be, right?
Named as on Time Out’s 100 best restaurants in London, it’s of course not just about what it looks like on the inside but what it brings to the table (no pun intended!) As well as staple Nordic dishes, their Scandinavian re-imagining of British classics turns your usual full English breakfast and boring boiled eggs into something really quite unique. There’s the ‘full Danish’ with pickled mushrooms, hogs pudding and liquorice syrup. Bowls of high protein Nordic ‘Skyr’ yoghurt and instead of just your usual plain old toast, eggs are served with smoked salmon, continental cheeses and a choice of homemade rye bread or their creation of the rye rarebit. One of the best takes on cheese on toast you will find made with beer, cheese and cream.
Snaps & Rye is unique, homely and really high quality. It feels a bit like a Scandinavian retreat without going too far from familiarity when it comes to the food (Smorgasbords are not for everyone!) Cheese topped bread aside, it’s probably one of the healthiest but decadent breakfasts you can eat and surprisingly affordable with brunch starting at £5! That means money left for a Portuguese tart at the famous Lisboa Patisserie a few doors down. Bressert sorted for the whole group! (*Breakfast dessert!)
A big thank you to Chris, Ken, Malwa, Maria, Daryl, Chris, and Danielle for coming. We had a such a brilliant and chatty Sunday morning. If you would like to find out more info about The London Food Social and to get involved in the next one click here.