Brunch review: Stamford Larder, W6

A vintage inspired cafe with a thoughtful brunch menu. And also cupcakes. Lots of cupcakes. 

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Go: On a lazy laid-back morning

Eat: Smashed avocado and toast, or a stack of ricotta pancakes

Pay: Around £8 for brunch, £2.50 for a flat white

I’m constantly on the look out for the perfect brunch spot. I used to be a North Londoner in Crouch End and our go-to was the Blue Legume, a cafe so perfect (and close to our flat) that we never bothered going anywhere else. I am yet to find somewhere in West London were I’m willing to wile away quite so many precious weekend hours. Stamford Larder was the first place I ventured when I migrated west, hungover after our housewarming and in desperate need of bacon.

Stamford Larder has a small shop front on busy King Street, with pretty pastel paintwork and a couple of tables on the pavement. Inside the furniture is pleasingly vintage and mismatch – our table was a reworked door front. The ceiling is also painted blue with fluffy white clouds. Which is amazing.

The place has a casual atmosphere. The service isn’t super speedy, but the food is worth waiting for. And in the meantime you can enjoy Monmouth coffee (in a pretty Instagram-friendly cup) or a smoothie whipped up with a NutriBullet.

Food is thoughtfully put together – and comes in healthy and not-so-healthy varieties, from seedy cinnamon porridge to pancakes with maple syrup and bacon via eggs however you want them on thick sourdough toast.

And, if after brunch you’re not quite satisfied (it’s embarrassing how often this happens) Stamford Larder is also home to award-winning cupcakes. A salted caramel snack with your bill? You know it makes sense…

Stamford Larder, 387 King Street, London W6 9NJ stamfordlarder.com

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