Two very cosy cafes to beat the chill

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Patron Bar A Vin gets a facelift. And a new ‘hygge’ cafe on Chalk Farm Road


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KENTISH TOWN: A rebooted Bar A Vin

The team behind the two Patron bistros on Fortess have just revamped their newish wine bar at #16. It already offers a selection of independently sourced high quality produce, an “off-the-beaten-track” wine library and an innovative enomatic dispenser. But now there’s a small plates menu of hot and cold items such as boquerones, baked camembert, smoked duck breast and padron peppers, in addition to cheese fondue and bespoke charcuterie boards. “With a custom-made wine library, handpainted map of the French wine-making regions and a harvest table, the idea is a journey through France’s hidden vineyards,” says manager Romain. Open daily until 11pm, 16 Fortess Road NW5

CAMDEN: The hygge revival starts here

Lentil salad at Hygge Pygge. Pic: SE
Occupying the former much-loved My Village café (which has moved next door as vegan and vegetarian hangout Hawramam) is comically named new coffee retreat Hygge Pygge. Their ethos is a “cosy space in a busy area”, serving speciality coffee, cakes and pastries from local bakeries. Extra ‘hygge’ points awarded for the cushions, blankets and candles to allow “a moment of peace to recharge your batteries”. It’s a nice airy space with big windows and, while the lunch options are limited at the moment (sandwiches or salads), a lentil salad with feta, pomegranates, peppers and rocket was tasty, especially the hot buttered sourdough on the side (£5.50). Daily till 6pm, 37 Chalk Farm Rd NW1

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