London is made up of tiny little enclaves. Sometimes it’s a town, like Brixton or Hampstead; other times it’s simply a street. These are the true London secrets. Pick the wrong road and you’re in the middle of a housing estate. Pick the right one and you’re on a Lambs Conduit Street, Church Street or, where today’s café is featured, Mill Lane. An off-shoot of West Hampstead it is a leafy, village-like lane that’s currently undergoing a renaissance. A number of the older, more dated shops are making way to the like of The Kitchen Table, a small little café slap bang in the middle of the street.
Coffee – 5/5
Serving Monmouth coffee, this is an excellent and surprisingly large cappuccino. Full of flavour and not over-milked, this was coffee perfection. At £2.30 for a regular and £2.50 for a large, it was as good deal. Though I’m not sure what my size was as it wasn’t specified.
Atmosphere – 4/5
Living up to its name, there was one big kitchen table in the middle, covered in newspapers and condiments, surrounding by four smaller tables. It had a very informal atmosphere, but with enough personality that I’d be happy to sit around for a while. It did seem, though, that the kitchen took up half the café.
Food – 2/4
On top of the usual stuff there was a daily special and a daily tart. I tried a chicken sandwich, which was tasty but didn’t blow me away. The side salad was just a few leaves with a drizzling of oil. A bit more effort and attention to detail could have made this a lot better.
Service – 3/3
Really good service despite a bit of confusion on arrival over whether to order at the counter or wait for table service. Answer – it was table service.
Extras – 1/3
Not much extra going on. There’s suggestion online that they do a super club, but their website was down so I can’t back this up.
Summary – 15/20
A great find and definitely worth the trip to find it. An excellent cup, informal atmosphere and friendly service.
37 Mill Lane,