This weekend saw silly amounts of eating out. A gorgeous brunch with C at Pimlico Fresh (I was so excited by this place that I forgot to photograph it so will have to go back), perfect dinner at Trullo with B (blog post to follow!), and last but not least, brunch with T at Ginger and White.
I rarely venture up to Hampstead, it always seems like a way away. But really it's not. And it is oh so beautiful that I turn into a real dreamer and start planning my future millionaire life in a terraced house with a blue front door, a full and blossoming garden, and many hours to spend wandering the streets, running round the heath, swimming in the ponds, living the life of luxury. Brunch at Ginger and White only encouraged my fantastical thoughts.
This tiny little cafe, tucked down a cobbled side street, has rather made a name for itself serving fabulous coffee (sourced from East London coffee roasters Square Mile), marvellous cakes and a stupidly popular brunch. In fact it's so busy and so well loved that they've had to open another, bigger site down the road at Belsize Park.
Three of us arrived at 11 and grabbed the first seats we could get hold of, soon moving to the cosy little corner table where B bagged the arm chair and we all settled in. We weren't going to be moving for a while.
Freshly squeezed orange juice (actually freshly squeezed, not just pretending to be) and cups of much needed morning coffee were followed by enamel (what else?!) plates full of potato soda bread covered in the yellow-ist scrambled eggs and generous slices of smoked salmon for me and T and homemade baked beans with chorizo and crumbled feta for B. The best scrambled eggs I'd had in ages, and perhaps the yummiest baked beans that I've ever tasted. The plates were soon scraped clean. More coffee was ordered and more hours whiled away. Just another reason to move to Hampstead. I'd happily make this a Sunday morning routine.
Highlight: Yellow eggs
Lowlight: Too many people are in on this secret
Ginger and White, 4a - 5a Perrins Court, London, NW3 1QS