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The phrase ‘this is nice isn’t it’ is guaranteed to be said by at least one member of your brunch group if you head to Cafe Beam on Westbourne Grove. Maybe they’re referring to the hanging lights, or the exposed brick, maybe it’s the spaciousness of it all, or maybe it’s the brunch menu that includes shakshuka, a halal full english, and nutella filled doughnuts. We’ll tell you - it’s all of the above. This spot is walk-in only, and open until 4.30pm everyday, so plan accordingly.
What isn’t this Notting Hill cafe good for? There’s not much. But one thing it’s not good for is making you want to have a quick coffee and leave. Which is why it’s the perfect place to bring someone you’re hoping to spend more than an hour with. The lighting, exposed brick, and menu filled with things like a Turkish breakfast for two to Nutella stuffed doughnuts, is the perfect backdrop for a daytime date which will definitely (maybe) make them fall in love with you.
Tuesday is your no-zoom-meetings day and that means you can a) work from your bed, or b) work from this airy Notting Hill cafe which is serving up things like creamy mushrooms on toast. As tempting as your bed is, only one of those options comes with table service, Nutella-filled doughnuts, and a solid internet connection, so we know which one we’d pick. Chocolate-stuffed treats aside, this spot is all hanging lights, exposed brick, useful plugs near most tables, and an airy feel to it that will make you want to stay until they close at 5.30pm. And their menu will do the same.
Full English breakfast
“You might think that it’s impossible to go wrong with a full English breakfast, but my ghosts of greasy-English-breakfasts-past would suggest otherwise. The full English at this new cafe on Westbourne grove, however, is great. It comes with a single egg, bacon (that I swapped for bubble and squeak), a sausage, portobello mushrooms, hash browns, and a very generous portion of beans. Just an all-round great breakfast.”
This cafe already has branches in Highbury and Crouch End, and now they’ve opened a third spot in Notting Hill where they’re serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Expect Middle Eastern inspired breakfast spreads, French toast, and grilled chicken burgers.