Rating: 9 / 10
Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line)
Service Time: 15 minutes
Address: 216 St. Paul’s Road, London, N1 2LL
If I had to give an award for London’s best value brunch, without a shadow of a doubt, it would be to New London Cafe. Everything about the place is great – fresh tasty food, mostly organic ingredients, polite and well-trained staff and very reasonable prices.
Whilst this isn’t an exclusively vegetarian establishment, it caters extremely well for veggies with a number of good brunch options, and is therefore a great place to go with non-vegetarians. The physical space is small and quite intimate with a relaxed atmosphere. It is wonderful in the summer as they have a reasonably sized terraced seating area at the rear.
We usually drop by on a Saturday afternoon for a veggie fry up or a savoury pancake. On our last visit, we had the ‘Eggs vs. Avocado’ with a side of mushrooom (two poached eggs on toasted with sundried tomato and avocado on toasted bloomer which comes with a side salad of rocket and tomato). We also had the Veggie Melt Savoury Crepe – usually grilled vegetables with cheddar cheese and maple syrup, but I added scrambled egg and avocado as well which the kitchen were happy to incorporate (sounds like a strange combination, but it was truly delicious). Given how obliging the staff are, I’m sure they would be happy to make a crêpe with pretty much any filling of your choice – providing they have the ingredients to hand, of course! The crêpes are close to perfection – a flavoursome mixture and light texture. The café also serves fresh juices and smoothies as well as a good selection of teas and coffees.
In summary, New London Café is a rare find and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t give this place a try, whether you’re vegetarian or not. A winning combination of excellent service, quality food and fair prices. The coffee and walnut cake also looks incredible, but unfortunately we’ve never had room for it after our main courses! If it’s as good as everything else here though, it’s bound to be amazing.
Bill for 2 people:
1 x Organic Jasmine Tea = £1.95
1 x Organic Green Tea = £1.95
1 x Veggie Melt Crêpe with extra avocado and scrambled egg = £8.65
1 x Eggs vs. Avocado with a side of mushroom = £7.50
TOTAL BILL = £20.05