So I was delighted when my friend Jenny suggested we eat at her regular lunch spot, Kensington Square Kitchen. The cafe is cheery and sunny with big windows looking out to a garden in the middle of the square and a simple but stylish cream interior.
|This is what you get when you reserve a table – very cute|
Chef Sarah Adams has devised a menu based on seasonal British food which is locally sourced whenever possible. The taleggio cheese and mushroom tart (£8) was rich and creamy and came with a small, sharply dressed salad. Roasted pumpkin salad (£10) featured big chunks of slow roasted, sweet pumpkin alongside runner beans and crumbled salty fetta. The jumble of ingredients worked really well together and while there were no culinary fireworks Kensington Square Kitchen serves the sort of fresh, wholesome food that it is enjoyable to eat.
|Taleggio cheese and mushroom tart|
We finished by sharing a slice of just warm almond and pear cake (£4) and a decent creamy latte made from Monmouth coffee. Other pluses included complimentary magazines and newspapers (great for solo diners) and daily changing specials. It may be ladies who lunch territory, but hey I like to think of myself as a lady and I was doing lunch.
I might just ask my friends to choose more often.
Details: Kensington Square Kitchen, 9 Kensington Square, Kensington W8 5EP Tube: Kensington High Street