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by Ruru

Review: Quaint, rustic yet with a pleasant airy atmosphere. There were only around six or seven tables inside. Our meal was enhanced by the happy-go-lucky vibe given off by the serving staff as they served us tap water in tin cups, as though on a camping trip. The homemade (?) bread looked and tasted great; mine was walnut. Customers can order bread in advance by writing their name on a scrap of brown paper on the wall. The menu was easily sufficient for a cafe, and there were a couple of vegan dishes on the menu. My field mushroom and tarragon faux pate sandwich, however, was a step too far in what I think of as the 'experimental' direction of vegetarian food. It tasted bizarre, to be frank, and I regret having to force it down. A friend ordered smokey beans on baked potatoes, which looked gorgeous and came with three of the day's salads on the side; another went for creamy baked potato soup with truffle oil, which unfortunately was not such a hit. The portion was generous, but it was extremely rich and heavy, so the benefits of a decent bowl size were wasted. To remove the unpleasant memory of my sandwich I picked up a dessert on the way out: a beautiful chocolate cookie pie, or perhaps it was a macaroon of sorts. Call it what you will; either way, it was soft and delicious. The damage was around £6; not bad for a pleasant lunchtime experience in Holborn. I'd gladly go again.


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