Kensington Square, just behind the Whole Foods Market store on Kensington High Street, is apparently London’s oldest garden square, having been founded in 1685. And there, hidden in a quiet corner, is Kensington Square Kitchen, a little café with a distinctly neighbourhood feel to it, but with sufficient culinary might that it was named by the Evening Standard as one of the top 5 places for breakfast in London last year.
I went on a sunny Friday late-afternoon, when the restaurant was fairly empty – there were a couple of elderly ladies having a chat over some tea and cakes, another lady reading the paper with a cup of coffee, and a group of three friends finishing off their lunch basking in the sunshine at one of the two tables outside. While I was there, a couple of regulars popped in for a takeaway coffee. It was a really pleasant, relaxed atmosphere.
I had a “Bacon and Egg Burger” with Avocado and Tomato Salsa from the brunch menu (KSK has a regular breakfast and brunch menu, and a daily lunch menu). The bun was a bit too hard and crusty for my liking but the bacon, egg, avocado, and tomato and onion salsa filling was great. Coffee, sourced from the Monmouth Coffee Company in Covent Garden, was, unsurprisingly, very good too.
In a nutshell…
A charming, comfy neighbourhood café serving some very decent food, infinitely better than the dross you get at nearby Whole Foods Market. I look forward to returning to sample the acclaimed breakfasts, and the cakes which are said to be another highlight.
Kensington Square Kitchen
9 Kensington Square, London, W8 5EP
Average Price: £10-£15