Cafés in fancy clothes stores have become my new favourite thing after a visit to Ralph Lauren on Regent Street. Their Café and Bar is stunning. When we heard that Burberry, just down the road from there, has a café too, we popped down for a spot of breakfast.
There’s a more formal first floor dining room which is open for lunch and dinner (beware: it closes fairly early open due to store opening hours) but for brekky, it’s just the ground floor space.
It’s bright and airy with bare, curvy wooden chairs and bare tables topped with pink flowers. Minimal would be the word. Our Ozzy waitress is super warm and friendly creating a relaxed atmosphere.
Crushed avocado (£10) is a solid version of my favourite; the avo is both ripe and plentiful but it could do with a touch of black pepper. I season it myself. The poached egg, that’s a Barradale poached egg, has the most golden yolk I’ve ever seen. They’re free range and laid in Britain – such fine quality.
A side of Eastleach bacon (£4) is thick cut with just the right amount of greasy, salty fat – which is why you order bacon, right?
From the Aga, hot buttered crumpets (£5) arrive under a closh. Pointless? Sure, but I love the fabulousness of it all. And they’re bloody good crumpets might I add. The Netherend butter is more proof of the kitchen’s expert sourcing of quality ingredients.
The space might not be quite as breathtakingly beautiful as Ralph’s Café and Bar but the food and service ensures we don’t regret our visit. It’s great spot for a decent Monmouth coffee and a bite to eat while braving the chaos of Regent Street.
Would we go back? Yes