Oh how I love to eat. And how I love to do it in London. I’ve been meaning to do a post all about my favourite London Cafes for a while now, but such is life, and I’ve not been arsed. Whoops.
But the new year has heralded some changes, to my diet and to this blog and as such, the posts I write about are going to change a little. If you read my mammoth 2015 roundup post you’ll know that I’m over caring about the details that have previously bogged me down, and see 2016 as a fresh start for this blog. This sorta lifestyle, sorta foodie post is one of the first of this new era posts you’ll see, so I hope you like it!
Full disclosure, these are all in my London Ends, as it were. As in, they are all located in and around good old Hammersmith (W6). If I feel like it, I may expand into other areas…..or not. I’m bored of that idea already!
Another 100% French export, this Creperie from Brittany serves buckwheat pancakes with a variety of delicious fillings. Obviously, I loves me some crepe and I double loves me some wine to wash it all down with. This place stole my heart a few years back when it opened in the strangest location, opposite the H&C line station and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure it would stay open until we got back from our travels. But it did, and now boasts a Certificate of Excellence along with a roaring trade in gluten free pancakes.
Don’t leave without trying…….Crepe Tartiflette
This little Café is straight outta Paris. No really, the owners are French and brought their successful Parisian bakery to Hammersmith two years ago, after running it for over a decade in France. I am a huge Francophile and giving up cheese last year was pretty hellish, but you will never tear me away from those delectable French pastries so thankfully, I can still happily mosey down to PSA at will. They do a fantastic breakfast, which at £3 for a pastry and hot drink is one of the best value deals around. I often go for the lunchtime deal, which I think is less than £5 and includes a sandwich (baguette if you choose), a pastry and a hot drink. YUM.
Don’t leave without trying…….Pépite
This cafe is without question, a total hidden gem. Nestled away in deepest, darkest Shepherds Bush — the husband and wife team make amazingly authentic Moroccan food night in, night out. It’s a fantastic date place, and you can even BYO – making it one of the best value dinners around.
I always plump for one of their set’s, usually the Menu Gourmet which is £16.50 for two courses. The portions are big, and the service on point.
Don’t leave without trying…….Pastilla
Oli and I only discovered this little gem recently, but it’s been a staple of the West Kensington culinary scene for over a decade! Even though the name suggests that it is veggie and began, it’s actually pure vegan — with raw food options too. Chef Ben Asamani is an absolute genius with all things whole food, and even my carnivorous beau left the restaurant raving about the deliciopusness of the evening.
The prices are super reasonable too, averaging at a little over £10 for a main meal (cheap for London!) and the portions are HUGE! We haven’t done this yet, but they also offer a really good value buffet lunch — which you can takeaway for £5.50! Given the price of a Pret salad, this is insanely cheap.
Don’t leave without trying…….the Spice Island Pie