Review: Ginger & White, Hampstead

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.

One of the best places in Hampstead for a coffee

One of the best places in Hampstead for a coffee

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.

Ginger and White is not to be confused with Foxtrot and Ginger

Ginger and White is not to be confused with Foxtrot and Ginger

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.

You have to be willing to squeeze in at Ginger and White

You have to be willing to squeeze in at Ginger and White

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.

A basic but tasty menu

A basic but tasty menu

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.

Grab a jar of the cafe's peanut butter

Grab a jar of the cafe’s 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.

Details

4a-5a Perrins Court,

Hampstead,

NW3 1QS

Web: gingerandwhite.com

Twitter: @gingerandwhite

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