Wildflower Café – Notting Hill

Whenever I’m in London staying with friends we seem to have the same ritual come Sunday morning. Wake up, text each other to see if everyone’s awake, shower, drink tea and then amble through the streets of London to a café or restaurant to stuff ourselves silly with brunch food.

And this weekend was no exception. Rousing from Prosecco induced sleep we dressed and headed over to Notting Hill for a wander before brunch.

Having had our fill of quirky stalls and getting hungrier by the minute no thanks to the crepe stalls, we headed towards the Wildflower Café.

Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner there’s no excuse not to try this little purple gem on Chepstow Road. Adorned with flowers this café-cum-florist-cum-bistro is really worth the short walk down to the end of Chepstow Road.

The staff were really friendly and had no problem with the fact that our party size had halved overnight. We were seated right away and presented with wooden clipboard brunch menus. The brunch is a little egg-heavy so if you’re a Vegan or not an egg fan you might struggle a bit, although I’m sure they’re happy to adapt existing menu items to suit.

We ordered drinks and then pondered over the brunch menu. I went for the Crispy Panko Coated Eggs with the two guys ordering the Wildflower Steak Melt and A going for the Eggs Benedict.

Food was served in good time, just enough of a break between ordering and eating to peruse the Sunday papers and enjoy a glass of Bucks Fizz made with fresh orange juice.

The crispy eggs are beautiful soft boiled eggs, coated in light breadcrumbs and quickly fried, served a top a bed of seriously garlicky kale with two large pieces of garlic toast. An absolutely egg-cellent dish (sorry!)

The steak melt was as eggspected (I’ll stop now…) but with a bowl of beef jus for dunking the sandwich in, an unusual but pleasant addition. Finally A’s eggs Benedict were topped with a seriously creamy, thick Hollandaise with beautifully runny poached eggs (the other chowed down so fast I couldn’t get pictures!)

The portion sizes are not particularly large, and although I was satisfied by the size of mine, I think they boys could have done with a little extra something.

The décor in the Wildflower is every bit as lovely as the food. Bowler hat lights hang over the largest table, whilst each smaller table is adorned with a little vase or vintage bottle occupied by a seasonal flower or plant. The wall of vintage mirrors gives this small but perfectly formed café a light & airy feel and the display of home baked goods in the window is the perfect invitation.

The café turns into a bistro at night – we had a little gander at the menu and it looked just as delicious.

If you’re heading there for a weekend brunch be aware they don’t open until 10am on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday – but really who wants brunch before 11am anyway?

If you’re keen to try the Wildflower then you’ll find it at:
108 Chepstow Road
W2 5QS

Look out for the violet, flower adorned shop front or book online at www.wildflowercafe.co.uk


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