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13 May 2012

The Caffeine Chronicles: Foxcroft & Ginger Review

My plan for today was to check out Salt, a new-ish espresso bar and purveyor of lunch and sweet meats in Covent Garden, but silly me decided to trust the opening hours listed on the Time Out review, and when I got over there, it turned out to be closed. Plan B, then, was to check out a café on Berwick Street that has been on my to-try list for quite some time: Foxcroft & Ginger.

The basement at Foxcroft & Ginger
It was almost too nice an afternoon to sit in the main basement sitting area of Foxcroft & Ginger but caffeine needs must. The décor is bright, hipster chic--if you're lucky you can perch at one of the old pummel horses. In fact, the only thing they are missing are a few suitcases with legs. Upstairs is a little brighter but there are only a couple of tables and a few window seats, which are usually full.

Foxcroft & Ginger macchiato

Foxcroft & Ginger serve Monmouth coffee and my macchiato was very good--strong, rich and smooth--although The Bro's cappuccino came with latte art etched into the chocolate topping rather than the foam, which was a little disappointing. Bonus points for the granny chic cups and saucers, though. They also serve quite a few posh sarnies, cakes and other nibbles. The Bro tried the porchetta sandwich, which he said was very tasty. I will be adding Foxcroft & Ginger to my list of go-to coffee bars in Soho, although I am more likely to go there in winter or on days when the weather is less clement and when hiding away in the cosy basement will be more fun.

Foxcroft & Ginger. 3 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road). Website. Twitter.

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