A child-friendly (and dog-friendly) Kensal Rise café with great food.
Appearances can be deceiving. Bel and Nev Dartora, co-owners of their eponymous Kensal Rise café, probably do not know personally every single customer who walks in their door. But after eating a leisurely brunch there on a sunny Saturday, I got the impression that they possibly do. Everyone seemed to know everyone else. Some customers got a welcome or farewell hug. It felt like an at-home drop-in.
Bel & Nev have been running their caff in Kensal Rise, around 30 seconds from the Overground station (if you’re walking slowly), since late 2014. They came here from cheffing at restaurants such as Polpo and Bocca di Lupo. They’ve settled in a small place in a non-central location with limited opening hours.
The capacity is around 15, with kitchen and serving area at the front of the room. The menu’s short and simple: breakfasts, sandwiches and simple dishes such as soups, salads and baked beans with chorizo. Very little costs over £7, and most breakfast dishes cost less than £5. Everything is made on the premises except bread and muffins from the Bread Factory (owner of the Gail’s Bakery chain).
Careful attention to detail showed in a toasted cheese sandwich, made with three different cheeses (Emmental, mozzarella and cheddar) given a spritz of acidity through the addition of pickled red onion (and own-made ketchup on the side). Indecently rich and cooked with precision, it costs just a fiver; some people would regard it as a decent-sized lunch portion for two.
The baked good are great too: a raspberry and white chocolate muffin was a technical masterpiece and tasted fantastic, as did a Bakewell slice of impeccable texture.
If I lived nearby, Bel & Nev would be my second home. Who knows, eventually I might even qualify for a hug.
|Venue name:||Bel & Nev||Contact:|
15 Station Terrace
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Kensal Green. Kensal Rise Overground|
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Average User Rating
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Friendly staff, amazing food, great value, lovely atmosphere... it's always my weekend go-to and morning coffee stop!
Incredible Food. There you feel like your house. Nice music, cakes. One of the Best Coffee in London!
Delicious food and the best coffee. A proper neighborhood cafe where they know you by name and exactly what coffee you order. Have made friends just hanging out there. The best
Fantastic brunch, at a good price with great service. Friendly family run cafe with an extensive menu of fresh and tasty options. Highly recommended!
The team are so friendly and the food is DELICIOUS. A perfect place to stroll to for a cosy and comfortable breakfast/brunch. Great atmosphere and addictive menu.
Lovely wee cafe with a relaxed vibe, quality coffee and brilliant food. Whether you're after a gargantuan '3 cheese toastie' and caramel brownie, or Quinoa, beetroot, lentil and rocket salad with gluten-free blueberry cake for dessert, Bel & Nev provide something for everyone. Plenty of handsome Brazillians behind the counter too!
a special lil spot. the coffee is delicious, the coconut porridge, the beans and chorizo, the toasted banana bread - it's all divine. they are friendly and warm and laid-back - best local place ever.
Delicious and interesting food; relaxed and friendly atmosphere. What more could you want from your local cafe? Bel & Nev have created a really good welcoming ambience with food to match. Love the cakes!
Brilliant cuisine from 2 cordon bleu trained chefs who have created a friendly and inexpensive cafe that you can always depend on. Also you can take babies, toddlers and grand dads and colleagues.
Great lunches, coffee, cakes and other scrumptious food on offer here for amazingly reasonable prices. You will not be disappointed!
Great little place, cosy and friendly, I like the menu which is cooked using good ingredients and as a chef I know the couple in charge has high standard.
Small but perfectly formed. Bel & Nev are a brilliant team serving innovative, fresh and delicious breakfast, lunch and AMAZING cakes- all homemade. You have to taste the toasted banana bread to believe how good it is.