Granger and Co. and Workshop Coffee Co.

I recently was in Notting Hill with a few friends and we all desperately wanted to brunch at Granger and Co. But sadly the queue was a mile long, they take no reservations and it was pissing down with rain. (Only for the duration of our brunch and by the afternoon it was sunny!)

notting hill bookshopThanks to my friends’ visiting parents we all got to do the touristy thing and see the famous bookstore from the movie Notting Hill. For anyone curious it is located on Blenheim Crescent. notting hill pink houseDon’t you just love this Notting Hill house? Doesn’t it make you curious as to who inhabits it and what their interiors look like?

granger and co. sign

Since Notting Hill I have been fantasising about Bill Granger’s corn fritters and I was delighted to discover that a new Granger and Co. has opened up in my favourite Eastern foodie borough, Clerkenwell. What makes this place even better than the one in Notting Hill is that it takes reservations. Fantastic news for organised London brunch addicts!

granger and co. tables

elderflower cordialThis is their Elderflower cordial, which is really refreshing and not too sweet. granger and co._The interior of this Granger and Co. is a lot different to the restaurant in Notting Hill. I personally prefer this one because who doesn’t love a classic gold, marble and white colour scheme along with loads of natural light?granger and co. corncakesOf course I ordered the corn fritters with extra crispy bacon and there were just as delicious as I remember. It’s a definite must order and one of Bill Granger’s specialities. (Tip: It tastes even better with avocado!)granger and co. vase The second place I went to after Granger and Co. is Workshop Coffee Co., a mere 4 minute walk down the road. This is another Australian eatery, which I fell in-love with years ago. As soon as you open the door the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans hit you, so for those tired of drinking bitter lattes from large chains, have I found you a piece of heaven. 

workshop coffee cafe latte

workshop coffee cafe bar They roast their beans in house and you can see the whole process from the bar while getting your fix.  It’s quite mesmerising to watch and by the looks of it, there’s a real science to the roasting process. 

workshop coffee roasting

workshop coffee green wall

workshop coffee sign

So next time you are in Clerkenwell looking for somewhere to lunch or brunch  may I suggest you try one or both of these places. I promise your stomach won’t be disappointed. 

Can anyone recommend somewhere else in the area that they love?