The four Ottolenghi branches (Angel, Notting Hill, Kensington & Belgravia) are also some of my favourite spots for food. The windows and counters are filled with lines of exquisite jewel-like cakes and huge platters of colourful salads, which you can take away, and Angel and Notting Hill have seating at the back. The Angel branch is the biggest, and luckily my closest – it’s my favourite spot for brunch in the area.
There is usually a queue for weekend brunch, but we turned up early and got a seat straight away. The breakfast menu includes sweet and savoury, along with their fantastic breads and pastries.
The Welsh Rarebit had a lovely mustard kick to the cheese topping on crunchy sourdough, with a perfectly poached egg and citrusy wilted chard with lemon.
The French toast is made from their brioche and was wonderfully spongey, with a sweet cinnamon crust, tangy berries and crème fraiche. We also shared a flakey, buttery pain au chocolat, along with a great latte and fresh mint tea.
The queue was out the door by the time we left – just prise yourself out of bed early one weekend to try and miss the crowds for their fantastic brunch.