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Apres Food Co

Restaurants, Cafés Farringdon
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Apres Food Co

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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. 

Details

Address: 72 St John Street
Clerkenwell
London
EC1 M4DT
Transport: Tube: Barbican
Price: Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £40.
Contact:
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Users say (5)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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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.

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Tastemakertastemaker

Having been a couple of times, I have nothing but excellent things to say about Apres Food.  I have recommended it to anyone who lives/works around Farringdon area as a great place to get brilliant food.

The dishes are humble but packed full of flavour and you could say the same about the owners (Danny and Catherine) that run the place.  Personality, care, thought and lots of love has gone into this place.  As someone who believed that comfort food and healthy food could never coexist, this place as completely changed my opinion.  I'll be going back as often as I can, even if it is just to grab a snack/sweet treat.  They are racking up the awards and accolades and it's not hard to see why!

There's also talk of organic bloody mary's to come to the menu soon, when that happens your hangover will not find a better haven!

1 of 1 found helpful

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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Tastemaker

I really wanted to love this cheerful place as I trekked over from LB just to come here Saturday. I was promptly seated as one person by a smiling waitress, who promised menus, and then it went downhill. I sat and waited... and waited... and waited. Meanwhile I could see her leaning at the kitchen counter, working on something or doing something or another, but making no movement to attend to me. Another sour-faced waitress with black hair and glasses passed me a few times and saw me obviously looking around and looking distressed and as London waiters have the astonishing ability to do, ignored me (a customer). She catered to the tables on either side of me though. Finally she came back with menus for me and when I noted that finally she decided to stop by, she murmured "Sorry, we're busy." No, unacceptable. The restaurant doesn't even seat that many people. The inability to multitask for London staff (versus servers in NY) astounds me. Anyway, I ordered the sweet potato hash and asked for the egg to be fried or scrambled if possible. The server hesitated and as it turned out my food was served with the egg poached. That's fine; what bothered me more was this whole time I was never given cutlery (I had to take from an adjoining table) nor was I offered a jug of water (like many restaurants do). My food was lukewarm. It tasted fine and is beautifully presented but honestly I have had MUCH tastier hash at Lantana in Shoreditch. When I asked for the check I asked for the service charge to removed and that's when the owner (I think) came over and explained how the egg could have been cooked a different way, there was a mix-up, etc. That's fine. She was disappointed my food was lukewarm though so offered that on the house which was a lovely gesture. She also had the two cookies I had ordered be fresh-baked for me. Again, a lovely gesture. Whilst I appreciated this, (and the cookies are DELICIOUS- probably my favorite part of my meal honestly)- the poor service put me off from returning. It's particularly jarring how the table with more customers next to me had more attention than myself as a solo customer. I urge everyone else to get brunch elsewhere. You're spoilt for choice in London.

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