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A picture-perfect Clerkenwell caff serving healthy food.
Please note, Apres Food Co is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Time Out Food Editors, December 2018.
Prepare for your latest interior design crush – Aprés is a gorgeous spot, with lush plants in concrete pots, blue and white tiled floors, and plenty of artfully arranged wine bottles and bleached wood. Though there’s a low-key Parisian backstreet vibe to the place, the menu is a diverse mix of cuisines – all focused on putting fresh, seasonal organic veg and locally sourced meat first.
A ‘frittata muffin’ was never something I thought I needed in my life until I tried one here – this ingenious creation featured eggs, olives, tomatoes and fragrant herbs baked in a muffin case to golden brown perfection, served with crisp salad leaves and a fruity relish with a slight chilli kick. The well-seasoned sweet potato hash was proper comfort food, the kind of dish that makes you feel really well looked after. And then for the cakes – a feather-light victoria sponge, with impossible creaminess and jammy-ness at its centre, was one of the best I’ve eaten. A chocolate brownie was moist and oh-so-dark – divine.
But it was only halfway through my meal that I remembered, with a start, something absolutely key about Aprés: its menu is entirely free of gluten and refined sugar, and has been devised by qualified nutritional therapist and co-founder Catherine. The fact that this totally slipped my mind when I was eating speaks volumes – this place just serves genuinely good food in its own right, gluten or no gluten.
When I realised, it was like having a magic trick unveiled. Cakes are made with a top secret gluten-free flour blend (gasp!) and feature coconut sugar (lower in fructose than regular sugar!) and goat butter (which, some of you will be pleased to hear, you don’t taste, but does add a lovely richness!). Rabbits out of the hat all over the shop: Aprés is a very welcome surprise.
72 St John Street
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After a long weekend in London last weekend I headed to Apres for a spot of breakfast before my last day touristing around the city. Immediately I was warmly welcomed with an expertly served latte, shortly followed by American style pancakes with a poached egg, streaky bacon and maple syrup. Needless to say this was the best breakfast I have consumed in my 20 years of breakfasts. This amazing service by the very friendly staff lead me to return the same day no less shortly before close to secure a take away lunch for my train back home. I cannot recommend Apres Food Co highly enough to anyone looking for anything from a coffee with a friend to a fully loaded lunch.
Food is absolutely wonderful. The owners/chefs Catherine and Danny know how to pack a punch of flavours and this is becoming a favourite spot for late lunch. As a London Blue Badge guide there is nothing we praise more than an independent food outlet will h outstanding food and service with fair prices . Thumbs up guys!
A superb addition to Farringdon. My regular breakfast spot and also relaxing lunch retreat. Having searched for proper poached eggs for several years Apres have nailed it! Both Catherine and Danny are very personable and are destined to be a huge success. Watch this space!
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