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Restaurants, coffee shops and bars in London
Londoners remain reassuringly fond of a cup of tea and a biscuit or five. Broadway Market is one of your favoured spots for indulging in such archetypically British behaviour, whether you’re knocking back a milky builder’s from F. Cooke’s pie and mash joint or an exotic foreign brew fromClimpson & Sons (Persian Pomegranate Pyramid, anyone?)
This fantastic independent brewery has opened an onsite bar, open Friday evenings and boasting all the Camden ales and occasional guest beers on tap. According to reader David Whitesmith, ‘the strange, sweet smell from the mash tun seems to add to the flavour.’
‘On the rare weekend when it’s not chucking it down,’ writes Katie D, ‘I cycle along the canal to Counter Café for an Antipodean breakfast overlooking the new Olympic site. Service is slow, it’s crammed with irritating hipsters from the nearby art studios, but the food and view are unbeatable.’
‘If I’m really hungry I’ll eat a Rib Man wrap followed by a Yum Bun pork belly roll and a Big Apple hot dog (see our Old Street listing)’, confesses Stacey Hamilton. And who can blame her when London street food collective Eat.St only host their market from Tuesday to Friday lunchtimes. As well as Stacey’s fine trio, don’t miss Tongue N Cheek’s Italian offal sandwiches, Kimchi Cult’s Korean street food and Anna Mae’s pulled pork sandwiches.
The south-west of France, it would seem from Comptoir Gascon’s menu, is not a good place to be a pig or a duck – or a vegetarian, for that matter. This bistro/deli, like its haute-cuisine big brother Club Gascon round the corner, specialises in the cuisine of Gascony: richer than Depardieu and earthier than Gainsbourg. The aforementioned porkers and quackers appear in various dishes – grilled duck hearts, crackling with duck egg, duck confit – while starters include the must-order ‘piggy treats’, a charcuterie board with saucisson, pâté, rillettes and slivers of cured tongue. Mains don’t let up on the meat: there are several preparations of foie gras, rabbit and veal kidney (although cod with lavender-scented tomato compote was light and aromatic). Rustic, yes, but sophisticated too, and every dish comes with a bold whack of flavour. The wine list is exclusively focused on south-west France, meaning this is a great place to explore the area’s native lesser-seen grapes, such as courbu or manseng. The oddly shaped space is stripped back to brick in that typical Farringdon way, but manages to be cosy and welcoming, especially in the evening when twinkling candles add a touch of romance.
Venue says: “Every second Tuesday we are hosting 'Gascony Night', serving great French classics in Comptoir Gascon style - three course menu at £25pp.”