Ginger & White

Critics' choice
© Jonathan Gregson
Hampstead

There are better sources of cake within a mufffin’s throw, but Hampstead has taken this affable coffee bar to heart; near closing time on a recent visit, staff were sending a small queue of disappointed locals away as the espresso machine had been switched off.

Mercifully, the tourist crowd hasn’t caught on to it yet. A hiply distressed Union Jack watches over the vaguely familiar actors and glossy-haired lovelies tapping on their laptops while sipping Square Mile lattes. There’s a communal table inside, but the pavement tables (with elegant felt rugs) beneath the fashionably dark brown awning are the most prized, though staff tend to be lax serving them.

The pipsqueak kitchen proffers the likes of sausage and cheddar frittata, own-made baked beans on sourdough toast, and punchy salads of lentils and ham; quality is good and ingredients carefully sourced, but the pricing is ambitious. We like the fact that they will grind beans for home use – many high-end coffee bars refuse. Success has led to new branches in Belsize Village and Soho.

 

Venue name: Ginger & White
Contact:
Address: 4A-5A Perrin's Court
London
NW3 1QS
Opening hours: Open 7.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-5.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Hampstead tube

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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caroline

Ginger and White on England's Lane Belsize Park, is well worth a visit - It's very cozy, really welcoming when your in need of a friendly face, but more importantly their hot chocolates are to die for!!!!!!!!!! Once you have tasted the hot choc you will be spoilt to go anywhere else - So for those who fancy a change from visiting their Hampstead branch, I strongly recommend a walk down the road!

Chris

Great coffee, served in a friendly, slow and hap-hazard fashion. Worst of all, the cafe encourage local trendy mums to bring their squealing horrors to ruin what could be quite a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.

CPW

I really want to like this cafe - Hampstead could do with more distinctive places like this. Its just way too smug and self satisfied - the coffee is ok but its served with layers of "too cool for school" attitude. Its also very expensive - and I'm comparing it to other high end independents like Monmouth when I say that. Personally i would avoid...

ME

Outstanding coffee, small but incredibly cosy space means always busy so if you can't stand crowds go elsewhere. Soft boiled eggs & soldiers are as good as they get. In fairness to other reviews, staff turnover has meant service not as attentive as the early days but not that big of a deal - its a cafe after all!

Max Lupus

Hugely over-priced food and teeny-tiny portions. A £5 salt beef sandwich = two small thin slices of bread, a single thin slice of salt beef and two gerkin slices - it made me sad just to look at it lost on its huge white plate. The food isn't that great either, both times I have been the cakes were a bit stale. The staff are pleasant enough but more interested in chatting to each other than working; people (and dirty crockery on empty tables) sitting outside are forgotten about altogether. The location is sweet, the lap-rugs for outside tables are a nice touch, and the drinks selection is good, but nonetheless this place should be avoided - all style and little substance.

Lucy

The staff were friendly and helpful but I will not be returning to Ginger & White because it is not value for money. £6 for a side dish size salad which left me hungry all afternoon- boo!