This bijou brunch spot, just off the Uxbridge Road, was called the Cupboard in its previous incarnation. The name was apt; it is tiny, but the current one implies an additional sparkle. The new owners have opened up the space, adding a full kitchen (before, there were only microwaves) and somehow squeezing in more tables inside and out. The result is a friendly neighbourhood eatery that, while compact, doesn’t feel too tight.
Square Mile Coffee is FedExed in from deepest east London. The La Marzocco machine was used to create good, creamy cappuccino, although it was a little too milky; the teas are from Sherston Tea Company. Breads and pastries come from Flour Station – a citywide supplier to cafés and delis of the upper calibre. There are also a rotating selection of own-made cakes. On our visits, glazed lemon poppy seed muffins, carrot and walnut cake and dense nutty brownies were stacked on cake stands.
Brunch is served all day and includes eggs Benedict with a light, lemony hollandaise, wilted spinach and a generous thick slab of ham – but also runs to buttermilk pancakes and French toast for those who like their mornings sweetened. Daily lunch options (soup, quiche and lasagne) are chalked up on a board and a plank of rosemary focaccia sits on the counter, waiting to be sawn into generous sandwiches.
The café is also open for light dinners (charcuterie, sourdough bread, steaks), with a small selection of wines kept along the walls (there is also an off-licence), but all-day brunching seems to be the main draw.
|Venue name:||Hummingbird Café||Contact:|
1C Oaklands Grove
|Opening hours:||Open 7.30am-5.30pm Mon-Wed; 7.30am-11pm Thur-Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market tube|
|Price:||Brunch for two with coffees: around £25|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:14
- 4 star:2
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- 2 star:1
- 1 star:3
Great spot for coffee and a delicious savoury scone (especially if you are an Anitipodean pining for one like you get in cafes back home). Very relaxed environment and laid back, friendly staff. I always get a smile here.
Also a great spot is their original sister restaurant Proud Mary's on Oaklands Grove 8-10 minutes walk away, previously called the Hummingbird Cafe. A cheeky plug here - but I can't access Proud Mary's profile to salute their brunches. So disclaimer (!) that the photo added to this review is from Proud Mary's (Oaklands Grove, w12 0JD) and not the Hummingbird Cafe - although the Cafe does great smashed avocado on toast too! You would do yourself well satisfied to get to either!
The best local café ever - awesome for brunch or lunch...coffee worth queuing for and lovely ambience and service
Wow I can't believe I've only just discovered this place. It's completely packed and pumping on the weekend we went. I had an amazing vegetarian club - stacked high, filled with avocado and peppers and a perfectly cooked egg. My boyfriend had the most decadent pulled pork sandwich - he was made up. The coffee was the perfect expertly made flat white. Everyone around us seemed to have huge late breakfasts and hair of the dog. And the café itself is just so so pretty. Clearly a local haunt. Staff were lovely, efficient and really funny - we certainly got the impression they like their jobs. Can't wait to go back - and when the weather gets better sit outside on the terrace. Can't fault it - and good value!
carbon monoxide leak! manager doing nothing do not eat here or even get a take away... they seem friendly everything looks nice and fresh and it looks organised but its not trust me go else where. they do not deserve buisness.
The previous cafe, The Cupboard Cafe was my Saturday morning ritual; I would go alone with a newspaper and have a coffee and some breakfast. However, The Cupboard Cafe isn’t operating anymore - it has been replaced by a lovely and recently expanded Hummingbird Cafe. I still visit the cafe each Saturday but now I meet friends as it’s an experience that always needs to be shared with good company. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and the yummiest breakfast! As a coffee lover I can say that Hummingbird Cafe has the best coffee in all of London - and infact all of Europe. The cafe is operated and staffed with Antipodeans who understand and clearly have a broad knowledge of food, wine and coffee. They have recently opened for dinner which I dined there recently for dinner and to no surprise I found the food and service once again to be utterly fantastic! It is a great and humble success!
Went there just to grab a coffee and cake late morning. First, we asked for soya milk with the coffee and it came to the table curdled, so we asked for it to be re-made and it came back exactly the same. Not appetising. When we said it's better to add warm soya instead of cold, we were told it's better to add cold than hot, then we were made to pay for it. I would have at least expected an apology, since no other coffee house saying they can use soya milk have presented rice pudding. I had a carrot cake and whilst it was very tasty, I bit on a sharp piece of...wood. Honestly, it could have cut a gum or chipped a tooth. I had no intention of getting a refund, I just simply wanted to tell them so that they be careful next time, in case it happens to someone else. Instead, the reaction was, "that's a piece of walnut shell...", then the lady walked away. First, there was again, no apology, which I'm sure every customer everywhere would have expected on some level. Second, walnut shell does not have a light coloured inner layer and much darker outer layer that peels off from the inner layer. That was tree bark. Seriously, an apology would have been given anywhere else and happily accepted. It's like they don't care, even if the advice is friendly. To us, the place epitomises the phrase "looks can be deceiving". Why would we ever go back?
Love this place - great coffee and lovely staff. Food's outstanding as is the coffee. And I'll happily pay service charge when it means you get better staff because they get more than minimum wage and they speak english! Tried dinner last week - delicious! Will be back!
Best coffee in the neighbourhood by a long way. Now serving dinner, though we ate it in an almost empty room. It was absolutely delicious. This is exactly the kind of local, quality eatery that should be supported! Hope to see more people there the next time we go in the evening. Weekend brunches get absolutley rammed.
Another little gem in the Bush. Super friendly staff, serving good coffee and excellent cakes. Few of the brunch dishes I have tried were very good too. Has recently doubled in size, inside and out, so no queueing for tables any more.
This is a great place. It's a shame they add an unnecessary service charge being such a small cafe. I would be happy to walk the 3 steps to get my coffee to avoid the extra few quid put onto my bill.
So happy to see this place has just expanded - loads more space and easier to get a table. Such a lovely and very local cafe where everyone seems very friendly. Proper coffee (best flat white I've had in a while) and fantastic brunch. Can't wait for them to open for dinner!
This place is a little slice of heaven. Beautifully decorated, quintessentially pretty and has lovely staff, great food and excellent coffee! A wee slice of local and cool has finally come to shebu
This place serves amazing coffee! Kiwi/Aussie cafes always seem to! Brunch excellent, lunch (gourmet sandwiches yum!) and a great place for a quiet dinner where you can hear yourself think. Love the vibe, it's so pretty, so local and service with a smile :)