Tow Path Cafe

30 May

My last trip back to London was glorious, and reminded me of the many reasons to love the city. I put it down to two significant factors. The Royal Wedding and an extended period of good weather. For some people the Wedding was a joyous moment for the nation, for others it was a tedious media circus best used as an excuse to leave town. Whichever way you looked at it London was the winner. The masses that chose to get away left a half empty city full of happy people enjoying the sunshine and revelry.

I spent a morning on The Regents Canal enjoying the contrast from one side of the water to the other. It seems odd that the extremes of expensive  modern or renovated buildings and the local authority stock of Hackney can exist peacefully with only a slip of water to separate them. I loved the irony of Orwell Court and its many ‘surveillance’ cameras (a really good reason not to love London).

But what I loved most of all was starting and ending at The Tow Path Cafe. I remember first hearing about it when I bumped into my friend and the head chef Laura on the Eurostar to Paris. It struck me as a lovely idea but not one that would necessarily last. However thanks to her excellent food and the endeavours of the owners it seems now both very sensible and well established.

The food is delicious and based on a simple rotating seasonal menu including a very indulgent toasted cheese sandwich, rilette of duck with St John bread, mozzarella and prosciutto, English peas, and now best of all superb soft serve ice cream. Apparently the machine alone costs £4000 so the fact that a generous single serve costs only £1.50 makes it a deal not to be missed.

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2 Responses to “Tow Path Cafe”

  1. jim May 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    many thanks for your suggestions in London. Anchor and Hope in Waterloo was so amazing, we returned directly from the Eurostar to eat there on our last day. fantastic pigeon with potato and duck fat cake, skate with lentils and green sauce..a brilliant roasted asparagus with shaved parmesean and a fried egg. St John is Smithfield was everything i hoped for. bone marrow followed by a tripe, chorizo and chick pea stew. made many attempt to find Lahore Kebob House and failed. wound up at St John Bread and Wine after the Spitifield Market and had a wonderful lamb, bitter greens and green sauce crouton salad. the hostess started talking to me and the next thing i know, her husband and chef sends out an heirloom tomato salad and a raw pea, sprout and aged goat cheese plate. could not have asked for a better afternoon. last meal was at Mark Hix in Smithfield, his Oysre and Chop House and another splendid meal. i found the food in London to be of more interest than that of Paris. not that Paris was a letdown. at the Marche des Enfants Rouge there was a guy making these incredible vegetarian sandwiches in a buckwheat crepe. shaved fennel, carrots, tomato, mushroom, sesame seeds, lemon zest, herbs and honey. it was an event to watch him assemble while singing to an opera station and chatting up the customers. good times.

    • LDN Eats NYC June 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Sounds like you had a great trip. Glad you enjoyed the anchor and hope, i havent been there is ages, will have to make it there next trip back to london. Shame about the the kebab house but if its any consolation its not easy to find even when you know where it is. At least you had a good standby option…….
      I ve been saying to angela we will come into the ale house for dinner one night, now that you are back we will come say hi.

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