Hampstead should really be full of cafes. It’s a wealthy area so people have plenty of spare time; it has the Heath nearby so attracts lots of day trippers and Londoners wanting a bit of green space; and it even has a bit of its own arts scene – and we all know how those arty types love a coffee. While it has the Coffee Cup, one of the oldest cafes in London, numerous chains, and a half decent Waterstone’s café, if you’re looking for a really good, well-made coffee, Ginger and White’s is the only place to go unless you want to walk down to England’s Lane.
Coffee – 5/5
A great cup of Square Mile Roaster coffee. Smooth and creamy with a slightly sour taste, this is head and shoulders above the local competition. It’s quite pricey (to be expect from Hampstead) but worth the cost.
Atmosphere – 4/5
This is a compact café. And for such a small place, they’ve taken a bold move of having a large sharing table in the middle with just a handful of individual seats tucked in either by the window along a bench or in two little alcoves. It does give the place a family atmosphere, with everyone sharing newspapers and chatting together. There’s also a few seats out the front on the quaint side street it sits on.
Food – 3/4
Lots of fresh produce here with its bread made by The Flour Station, decent breakfasts and very appealing baked goods. Maybe it’s too small to offer proper mains, but for a snack or salad, it does the businesses.
Service – 3/3
Great service from well-trained baristas. Friendly and always on the ball.
Extras – 1/3
Too small for anything really, though it does have its own cook book and sell its homemade peanut butter.
Summary – 16/20
Given a bigger venue, this could be one of the best café’s in London. As it is, it’s a godsend for Hampstead – you might just struggle to get a seat.
4a-5a Perrins Court,