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‘Farm-to-table’ café food is the premise at family-friendly Poppy’s Place – a tie-in between Scarlett Guess (one of the family behind St James’s stalwart Rowley's) and chef Alastair Prichard who runs a catering company. Breakfast and brunch classics kick-start the day (anything from croissants or
buttermilk pancakes to fry-ups, hash browns etc), while lunch aims to feed the working crowd with a special ‘toastie’ menu, soups, sandwiches on artisan bread, salads and cakes. Come evening,
Poppy’s dons its glad rags for modish tasting plates such as endive with celeriac and ham rémoulade, plus steaks with unlimited chips and daily specials including grilled cod with olive-oil mash
and gremolata. For afters, there's Neal’s Yard cheese, and honeycomb ice cream or flourless chocolate cake might be on the menu. Vintage furniture and quirky lighting creates a home-from-home vibe
in the airy panelled room.
I think neighbourhood restaurants and cafes are really important in creating a village community. Of course I visit chains like Pizza Express or Wagamama and they are good in that you know what you are getting and are generally consistent, but they lack the charm of local places. Of course some of these can be terrible but thankfully that is not the case with Poppy's Place.Wednesday was a big day for Arabella as she had her first ever ballet exam. She was so so excited and had been counting down the days for months. I was amazed by the seriousness of it all - 4 girls at a time, no teacher in the room, not a strand...
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