Snaps & Rye

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Snaps & Rye
Venue says Snaps & Rye have been selected for a Time Out Recommended Award. We consider Snaps & Rye to be one of the best of its kind in London.

A Danish restaurant in Notting Hill.

A bright, clean jewel in the centre of Notting Hill, Danish café-slash-restaurant Snaps + Rye is the true embodiment of that near-untranslatable Scandi philosophy, hygge. Its founders define hygge as a state of being beyond cosyness, “where all your senses are evoked by just feeling good”. And while total sensory satisfaction might sound like a pretty high bar for such a humble space, which by day serves open sandwiches and pastries, Snaps + Rye raises it.

Sensory nirvana begins with the service. I’m ushered into the simple, well-lit room by a waiter so genuinely welcoming I mistake her for the owner. She talks us through the four-course evening set menu (available Thursday-Saturday) with the kind of passion and knowledge that’s infectious. The cuisine here is Danish but the chef, Tania Steytler, is Cornish. The result is food that’s creative but beautifully understated. Steytler was previously head chef at Gloucestershire fish specialist Severn & Wye Smokery, and her respect for quality ingredients is wonderfully apparent. Take the third course, my personal highlight, an exquisite dish of cured salmon, scorched potato and Danish prawns – the saltiness of the fish and the smokiness of the potatoes perfectly balance one another, but every flavour is so fine and clean it stands alone.

Another triumph is the starter of tender asparagus, goat’s curd, toasted seeds and pickled baby tomatoes. The sweetness of the tomatoes perfectly offsets the sharpness of the cheese and the result is so fresh it makes the tongue sing. There’s also a delicate, tender dish of guinea fowl, honeyed carrots and rich black pudding fritter.

Every course is perfectly paced and I round off my night sitting outside drinking fiery ginger schnapps wrapped in one of the lovely, soft blankets Snaps + Rye have dotted around the restaurant. See what I mean about total sensual satisfaction? Meals like this remind you food can be an art form. It’s such a lovely thing to remember.

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Snaps & Rye says
We are a Danish restaurant offering modern Nordic cuisine.

Opened in 2014, Snaps + Rye is the result of countless happy hours spent in the buzzing cafes and restaurants of Kell’s native Denmark + desperately wishing that we could transport one to the UK. When the opportunity to open a restaurant on Golborne Road presented itself we jumped at the chance of recreating a little of Copenhagen’s culinary culture in this wonderfully diverse pocket of London.

In pursuit of the Danish Good Life in the heart of West London, we've foraged, baked + infused our way to creating an authentic + innovative menu. Every dish is created in-house: from freshly baked organic sourdough rye bread to home-cured herring + house-infused Akvavit.

We prepare all of our food in house using the best fresh, seasonal + sustainable ingredients. Our fish + seafood comes from The Severn + Wye Smokery in Gloucestershire + we use Clarence Court eggs in all of our dishes.

SNAPS + RYE is available for private parties, events and media launches. We also create custom-made hampers for corporate or media gifting, please contact us for more details. Gift vouchers also available.
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By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Snaps & Rye
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Address: 93 Golborne Road
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W10 5NL
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove/Westbourne Park
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tastemaker

I honestly can’t rave about this place enough. I love all things Scandinavian and am developing a serious rye bread obsession. Right in the centre of Golborne Road, this Danish jewel is a lovely weekend brunch spot. Even though it’s always packed at the weekend we managed to grab a table at the back and although the service was a little slow – they were super busy – our waiters were incredibly friendly.


This place is basically my dream Danish kitchen. The wooden chairs have furry throws adding a touch of hygge and the décor is simple but incredibly stylish. Coffee is served in beautiful handmade handless cups and I loved them so much so that I was incredibly tempted to buy a set for myself from their little store, alongside countless Danish books on how I can makeover my life to one more Dane approved.


The food is simple but incredible, obviously, very rye heavy their open sandwiches are made daily and can be bought over the counter alongside their moorish cakes. Choosing to order from the brunch menu, I opted for the Kedgeree which was packed with fish and flavour and which thankfully arrived in a decent size bowl. I was also incredibly tempted by the scrambled eggs and rye that ordered by our neighbours as this too looked delicious.


We could all do with living a little more Danishly but for those in London, this is defiantly a good start!

tastemaker

Stumbling across this little Nordic treat on Golborne Road, was one of the best parts of my weekend (especially now I know its only a short walk from home!). Although it is a cafe we were immediately asked if we had a booking, as of which we did not, so just a tip if theres a few of you. At first it was questionable, but they did manage to squeeze us in at the back, which was absolutely fine. The decor had the classic Scandinavian twist to it with a warm dark blue paint and wooden shelves, and fur rugs strewn over the chairs. What was great about this place was we felt comfortable having different dishes together. I had a piece of there chocolate, marmalade and pistachio cake, chosen from their counter of cakes and danish pastries, whilst my friend had a more substantial meal. I would definitely come back here for a lunch time or evening meal to test out of the great dishes flying past me! 


 Snaps & Rye have just started opening for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. We ate there for the first time last night (after several recommendations from friends) and were bowled over by the excellent food, warm and helpful staff and good atmosphere. The kitchen went out of their way to accommodate my dietary needs (no gluten) and came up with imaginative and delicious alternatives wherever necessary. It is a set four-course menu but you get to choose between two mains - last night salmon and roast lamb were on offer. The ingredients are obviously as fresh as can be and of the highest quality and are beautifully presented and served with an imaginative twist. (The lamb came with subtly liquorice-flavoured jus and the best mashed potato I've ever tasted, with a hint of five-spice.) We are very glad to have the only Danish restaurant in London so close to home and will definitely be going back. 

Tastemaker

I've only been here for snacks after making my way through all of Portobello Market. Its the perfect place to sit, relax, and feel comfortable. Their liquorice latte is to die for, if liquorice is your thing. Liquorice is quite hard to find in London so seize the day when you go here. The aesthetic is very Nordic, but that's what makes it feel like your London apartment. The sweets are just as good as their rye bread and smoked salmon tart. I recommend the brownie with liquorice syrup. You can always stock up on liquorice while you're there. If you don't like liquorice, there's still plenty there for you. 

Tastemaker

I went here for brunch. The cafe is super stylish, and the food is delicious. I went for the option of rye bread, cheese, boiled egg and a pastry. They also have rye bread with various toppings which looked really healthy and delicious. My one caveat would be that the portions call be a little on the small side!