Company of Cooks’ tried-and-tested formula at the Brew House, the cafeteria at Kenwood House, remains the same. The flagstone floors and high ceilings inside the old kitchen wing make for a din on busy weekends.
Choose from the limited menu at the hotplate (full english breakfasts, then sausage and veg, quiche and salad or soup and bread for lunch) or fresh and well-filled doorstep sandwiches in the chiller cabinet. The hotplate is a less attractive option during quieter weekdays as food sits around for longer. The coffee is unremarkable, but there’s a selection of quality cakes available (we’re partial to the unusually spicy carrot cake and the gooseberry and elderflower cheesecake).
The Brew House is an institution frequented by old and young, wellied and well heeled, and the tiered, sheltered terrace is one of the prettiest spots in north London. Despite its limitations, locals always come back for more. Company of Cooks runs cafés at other tourist sites across London, including the Imperial War Museum, Greenwich Park and Hyde Park.