We went down to check out The Larder, a new 35 cover all-day café and food store based in the heart of Fitzrovia’s Pearson Square. It was so neatly tucked away in Fitzroy Place that we initially nearly walked right by – but once inside, the tall ceilings and plants dotted around create an oasis of calm away from the hussle and bussle of Central London.
Whilst talking to Mauro (General Manager) we learnt that they sell their own branded coffee created by award-winning Reads Coffee Roasters, a Dorset-based family-run roaster. The freshly ground to order “Sumatra Bourbon” blend has a wonderful, intense flavour with rich chocolatey notes and is the perfect start to the day!
The menus, which range from hearty breakfasts treats to lunchtime toasties/salads and healthy snacks (all available to eat in or take away) are created by Executive Chef Diego Cardoso and his team use seasonal ingredients from sustainable sources from British Farms.
For the tea lovers and those who need their juice fixes, they stock a range of handpicked Teahouse Exclusives infusions and a selection of energising concoctions from current king-of-the-cold-press, Juiceman.
The Larder’s breakfast menu combines health-conscious choices with more indulgent
morning fare. Options include super fruit salad with coconut; chia seed pots with mixed
berries; and toasted breakfast sandwiches filled with everything from a Full English to
spinach, ricotta & mushroom. Sweet-toothed customers are spoilt with a selection of
pastries and Diego’s signature freshly baked cinnamon rolls.
At lunchtime they have a wonderful, daily changing, selection of toasties (£5-£6) or salads (£7-£10) – more details on the menus via the weblink below. Today they had toasties of beef and rocket/ Avocado and Scrambled Egg/ Full English, or salads with grilled trout fillet or chicken ; though as the chicken looked slightly dry today, we opted for the trout fillets which were perfectly cooked and flavourful, plus the highlight of the salad/ vegetables base selection was their purple broccoli which was still tender but had been cooked in garlic oil and garnished with toasted, finely sliced pieces of garlic. As this was quite filling, there was sadly no room today to try their cakes, or their chocolate mousse with honeycomb treat that was trying to unsuccessfully beckon us towards the refrigerator cabinets!
Don’t forget that if you need some goodies to take home, they have freshly made pasta, olive oils, charcuterie and jams, artisan sourdough bread from Michelin-starred Hedone and European cheese from trendy Marylebone cheesemonger La Fromagerie. A
selection of organic or biodynamic wines are also available to take away including The
Larder’s house red and white. The VDP de Méditerranée, “Frigousse”, Château La Coste is
sold in returnable bottles, meaning regulars can enjoy a refill for just £10.
We will be back to give their breakfast menu offerings, coffee, cakes and wines a good workout; especially Diego’s signature freshly baked cinnamon rolls, as we have a sweet tooth!
* Note: They have 100 free lunches (sandwiches/ salads) to give away today Tuesday 23rd February, 2016 from 12pm -2pm. *
The Larder is open from Monday to Friday 7.30am-6pm and Saturday from 9am-6pm.
The Larder is at Fitzroy Place, 8 Pearson Square, London W1W 7EY, overlooking Fitzrovia Chapel.
The phone number is 0203 846 3200
For updates follow @lardercafe on Instagram and Twitter or like The Larder on Facebook.
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Thanks to Despina from Anteater PR for the press release information above, and Mauro (General Manager) for letting me take numerous angles of photographs of food and venue – in persute of the perfect pics.