If you’re planning a trip to Daylesford Farm Café for Sunday brunch then you’ll definitely want to arrive fashionably early and join the band of brunchers sat eagerly awaiting the doors to open at 10. It’s like a military operation. Ten to ten and the staff emerge from the depths of the café, place bowls of bread next to tasters, pop a ladle in the stew that’s been bubbling away all morning, rearrange the granola packets on the shelves and then position themselves at their assigned stations. A few nods exchanged and the doors and flung open to the crowd, which shuffles in like a gabble of geese following their mum!
The restaurant floor – at the back of the restaurant, past the farm’s shop – is much bigger than it appears from outside. It must seat at least 30 diners. Despite such an onslaught of hungry mouths to feed, the food flowed out of the kitchen with ease and before to long everyone had been fed and watered. And I noticed that more than one table ordered seconds! Why not have a fry-up AND pancakes?
I fancied a warm bowl of porridge – my go-to morning comfort food. But rather than opting for the standard oats, milk and honey, which I could easily whip up at home – albeit not with Daylesford’s organic produce and fresh farm milk – I was intrigued by the blended protein porridge (£8) with cacao, coconut, walnut and black quinoa, topped with fruit pomegranate seeds, crushed pistachios and cashews, sticky dates and a ripple of smooth cashew cream. For such a nutritious dish, the flavours and textures were indulgent. I mixed all the ingredients together – so as to get a bit of everything in each bite – and was scraping the bowl clean in seconds. Yum.
The buttermilk pancakes (£8.5) are not a dauntingly tall stack of the thick American-style ones, but an elegant plate of two thin rounds, slightly crisp at the edges and sandwiched with a refreshing season fruit compote, served chilled – rhubarb and apricot today – and dusted with powdered sugar. I would mention that this is a light dish and probably won’t fill you up, unless paired with a large milky coffee perhaps.
I followed my breakfast with a cappuccino (£3.5), which was mild, sweet and creamy – a easy-to-drink coffee that is sure to please all those but coffee aficionados who need a stronger kick.
Some standout menu items to note: if you’re feeling adventurous, kick start your day with a steaming bowl of meaty beef bone broth. Yes, this sounds a little strange, but the flavour is rumoured to be incredible and its full of nutritional goodness! And don’t leave without browsing the shop and, if you can muster a little space in your stomach, nibbling on some tasters. Buy yourself a fresh loaf of bread for dinner, or perhaps a slice of cake – the organic Bakewell tart perhaps, or one of their buttery, fruity Eccles cakes – for tea time.
Daylesford Farm Café
208-212 Westbourne Grove,
T: 020 7313 8050
Open 8:00am-19:00pm (Mon), 8:00-21:30pm (Tues-Sat), 10:00am-16:00pm (Sun)