This place had been on my never-ending list of brunch places forever! It’s on Portobello Road, one of my favourite areas of London. I love it round there – there are beautiful town houses, it’s far enough from central that it can be peaceful at times and there are so many cute little cafes and coffee shops.. plus there’s the market which is perfect for wandering round on a lazy weekend morning 🙂
Considering it was a small place, pretty tucked out of the way, I was surprised that the queue was so long – we had to wait over 45 minutes for a table! It felt like it was the kind of place you’d have to plan to go to, as you’d never stumble across it (maybe that’s just me as I often go to brunch with a particular place in mind rather than wandering round) but despite being small it was cute and well decorated. Luckily I had good company and we had a lot of catching up to do, as it was freezing and I don’t think I’d have had the patience to wait otherwise! They had a solitary heater outside, which produced a miserable amount of heat considering its size.. everyone tried to get as close to it as possible whilst trying not to hate the people who got called inside when their table was ready 🙂
The menu isn’t particularly extensive, though it has all of the usuals, plus some more exciting options such as coconut bacon, super foods by the teaspoon and millet porridge with maple syrup…. and avocado (I gave that one a miss. I love porridge, and I love avocado.. but I’m not sure I’m quite ready to have them together!).
Since it was cold, it was the perfect afternoon to sit inside with lots of food and multiple mugs of tea and coffee. Although we were tempted by the usual brunch favourites like poached eggs, avocado and smoked salmon we decided to try something different! We both got a coconut BLT (coconut bacon, sliced beef tomatoes, guacamole and cashew cream). We also got a vegetable and herb sandwich (roasted vegetables, buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and olive oil), a toasted hazelnut and cauliflower bowl (girolles mushrooms, diced pecorino, cauliflower rice and a rocket salad) and the berry pancakes (homemade buckwheat pancake mix, with amber maple syrup, fresh berries & coconut shavings).
The coconut bacon was delicious! I’m not sure if bacon was the right way to describe it, as it neither tasted nor looked like bacon, but it had a slight smoky flavour and went perfectly with the guacamole and cashew cream. The cashew cream was a perfect alternative to mayo for me, as I don’t like mayo but often when I ask to take it out, the sandwich becomes dry. My friend struggles with gluten so she asked for gluten free bread and she said it was amazing too 🙂 They also do half sandwiches, which is perfect for someone indecisive like me! Like a lot of brunch places, they have a huge range of teas, coffees and smoothies.. I’ve seen a lot of coffee art but this cappuccino was beautiful!
The pancakes were light and fluffy, though a little lacking in flavour. On their own they were quite bland, but they were served with coconut, blueberries, blackberries and maple syrup. I’m not a huge fan of blackberries in dishes, as the seeds get stuck in my teeth! But the coconut and maple syrup combination was so good.. plus the pancakes were so thick that when sandwiched together with the warm berries it almost looked like a cake 🙂
They also had a range of vegan treats on the counter which looked delicious, but sadly by the time we’d chatted all afternoon and got round to ordering dessert, they were all gone 😦 They close at 5, so I’d definitely suggest keeping an eye on the cakes if you go later on in the day, as they were very popular and they looked amazing!
Would I recommend it? Yes
Worth going out of your way for? Probably not..
Would I go back? Probably not, but I’m glad that I tried it!
Link to their website: http://www.thefarmgirl.co.uk