With this in mind, C recently headed down to Damson café, one of the newer Kiwi coffee shops in town, for lunch with a few current colleagues. Situated on St Giles High Street, it's located just off Denmark Street and is a stone's throw from Tottenham Court Road station and Soho, making it a pretty perfect stopping point for tea and cake while in town.
|Haloumi, sundried tomato and rocket, aka lunchtime heaven|
As a café space, Damson may admittedly be small but it's perfectly formed: a fresh white colour scheme with contemporary lighting, wooden benches and a few quirky feature furnishings make it an immediately welcoming place to stop for a bite.
The counter's packed full of a great variety of freshly made sandwiches with interesting and unusual filling combinations (think haloumi cheese, sundried tomato and rocket, or lamb, cucumber and mint), tarts and quiches, and a selection of fresh salads, such as goat's cheese and beetroot. Mmm.
|Chai, loose leaf and brewing away|
|Menu, salads and beautiful fresh flowers|
As for something sweet, there's a variety of cakes and biscuits on offer here too - C, as ever afflicted with a sweet tooth, particularly liked the look of the orange and poppy seed cake, as well as the rich chocolate brownies (but just managed to resist, with this being a lunchtime and not afternoon visit). The breakfast menu, written up on the chalkboard above the counter, also looks seriously inviting - porridge with banana and honey, eggs made a variety of ways and freshly-made pancakes, in particular.
|Orange and poppy seed cake - irresistible?|
|A vast selection of cakes and pastries, much to C's delight!|
Damson also offers a selection of both black and green teas, including some unusual choices alongside the standard English Breakfasts, Earl Greys and Mints; C opted for a Chai which, as with most of her tea, she generally likes to drink black. It was broght out to her in a simple but attractive transparent teapot - ideal for watching the leaves and for telling exactly when it's brewed long enough.
|Panini, with accompanying beetroot and goat's cheese salad|
|The scrumptious-looking chocolate brownies|
Simply put, this place is great for a place to grab a few minutes of tranquility (and some great food) in a hectic park of London. It's good value for money, the food and drink is excellent, the décor clean and inviting and staff smiling and friendly. C (and A) will definitely be back soon - and a return trip to try the breakfast pancakes is definitely on the cards!