A lazy Saturday morning needs a fairly relaxed Saturday afternoon to follow. We decided to seek out the countryside and go for a wander, so we went to Hampstead. I’m sure such a faraway part of London counts as the countryside? We were offered a plethora of cake eateries along the high street but we headed to Ginger and White which was the book option for the area.
Tucked down a side road this little cafe was full and we were greeted by a smiley member of staff who directed us to some seats. Although the cafe was full the atmosphere was one of quiet contemplation, many customers were using laptops and crowded around a central table. The cakes were a variety of vegan and gluten free flavours, all looked tasty. We opted for a chocolate with early grey ganache and a pistachio and almond loaf. Both were surprisingly delicious given their unusual combinations. The earl grey ganache was particularly nice and oddly tasted like tea – but in a good way, that somehow went with chocolate? I suppose a good chocolate biscuit and cup of tea combined in a cake! The nutty loaf was very moist and packed with pistachios, in the cake and piled on top. An impressive cake experience, the kindly waiter even forgot that he had already brought ours to us and we almost had double cake! There was a sting in the tail however – it was rather expensive! Over £10 for two cakes and tea I believe is too much.
After cake we left behind the stress of the laptop users busy clicking away and sought Hampstead Heath. We spent some hours looking at the pretty flowers and climbing trees on parliament hill. A trip to a pub in Kentish Town sealed the afternoon. Thanks North London -you were most obliging.
Cake: Me 5.5/7 Charlie 5.5/7
Atmosphere: 3.5/7 – staff delightful, but too many punters obsessed with laptops!