Orchard

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© Rob Greig
Midtown

The younger, more casual sister of the classy Vanilla Black can be found amid the ornate edifices of pedestrianised Sicilian Avenue. Orchard attracts local workers, tourists and, increasingly, those seeking excellent coffee from artisan roasters Ozone. There’s something remarkably cosy about the homespun interior – painted brick, sage-green tongue-and-groove combined with old-school wooden chairs. On the menu you’ll find casual yet accomplished food at surprisingly reasonable prices. Simple-sounding dishes served on mismatching china are given a twist: a sandwich could be Ribblesdale vintage cheddar and onion chutney on wild garlic granary, or a hot plate might be a perfectly poached egg on a spinach fritter with deliciously smoky mayo. The relaxed atmosphere, aided by friendly and solicitous staff, encourages diners to linger over that great coffee and try the scrummy cakes. Those in a rush pick up treats such as salted toffee, tonka bean and rhubarb jam biscuits, and bags of (ground or bean) coffee to take away.

 

Venue name: Orchard
Contact:
Address: 11 Sicilian Avenue
London
WC1A 2QH
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-7.30pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-6.30pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Holborn tube
Price: Main courses £4.95-£9.95. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:2
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belinda

looks lovely and staff very friendly but disappointing. Very bland. No salt/pepper offered. And the lovely sounding nectarine, chicory and stilton salad would have been so much better if the nectarine hadnt' been rock hard and there had been some kind of a dressing on it. The mushroom hot plate was also tasteless. Pretty but tasteless. perhaps it was the chef's day off.

Tracey

Friendly staff, excellent food, amazing cheese scone and Chelsea bun, loved the quirky interior, first time in London with elderly mum, highlight of the day, thank you

Eileen Mulligan

After getting a seat was told by the waitress that certain items were not on the menu. 20 minutes later we saw said items being eaten by people who arrived after us. Food bland and not well seasoned.

Paul

This place is superb. As a Veggie, London still presents a limited range or quality lunch type venues but this sister site to the also great Vanilla Black seems to have captured the same quality of food and service. Seriously scrummy mains with unusual side salads and a bargain priced soup and sarnie usually available. Staff should also ger a note for being friendly and very helpful in answering questions around fat content etc

Matt

I've been here 3 times and keep bringing new friends - frequently changing menu, inventive vegetarian food (that meat eaters also love) attention to detail from the staff from the service to the atmosphere. Great little place!

Philip Good

I've been vegetarian for 15 years and have been to a lot of veggie restaurants and cafes. This is the best one I have been to. If you are sick of the worthy wholemeal fare of traditional veggie cafes then this is the place for you.

Matt

Just had an excellent breakfast here - served fast and flavourful. Smoke butter on soda bread toast? Immense...

Grace

I have found it to be quite delicious the past three times I have visited. The menu changes daily and the price is very affordable. All the bread (and everything else) is made downstairs. The only drawback is that it is in a crowded court. Service is always friendly and fast. It is a great place to go for a fresh simple healthy meal.