Sable D’OrA solid addition to England’s Lane and the second in a small north London artisan bakery chain started in Crouch End back in 1998. Inside there’s clean white tiling, counters piled high with colourful salads, daily-baked breads and croissants – and, importantly, good coffee. Lunch offers crepes, sandwiches and a signature mix of salads topped with protein options (fish, meat and vegetarian).
On our visit chargrilled free-range chicken with tarragon sauce was winningly succulent, with sides of blackened broccoli, garlic and lemon, and sweet, spicy roasted squash with chick peas, nuts, coriander and cumin seeds. Only downside was that it cost £13.50 – a little pricey for a midday plate of café fare. Open daily until 6pm, 30 England’s Lane NW3
Another new artisan bakery a few doors down that sells sourdough, salads, and all-day brunch. Service is super-friendly, it’s a proper morning sun-trap – and we really rate the coffee too. Looks like the classic England’s Lane hegemony of Ginger & White and Black Truffle may be over. The competition, at least, is good. 36 England’s Lane NW3
Last month we featured a print cover story on the renaissance of Belsize Park’s food-and-drink scene, which shows, in fact, no sign of abating. The latest refurb is the Belsize Kitchen, in the heart of the village, now all soft hues, contemporary airy interior, candle-lighting and a new menu.Now, about the former XO building? 68 Belsize Lane NW3
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