Found at the La Suite West hotel located just off Hyde Park and within walking distance of Notting Hill, Portobello and Marble Arch, Café Forty One is the only entirely plant-based hotel restaurant in London.
At first glance, it appears to be an ordinary French patisserie, boasting chic and simple interiors with a menu which covers breakfast, lunch, all-day desserts and afternoon tea. The major difference of course, is that everything served to diners here is vegan.
Open from breakfast, early risers can enjoy dishes such as tofu scramble on sourdough toast, or a chickpea omelette featuring mushroom and leaves. The lunch menu steps things up a gear, including the hearty likes of a Japanese bowl: a dish of noodles paired with seaweed, smoked tofu, carrot, pickled cucumber, spring onion, sprouts, sesame and shiso.
If you have a preference for the savoury, skip the traditional puddings and instead round off your meal with a vegan cheese platter, which sees a selection of cashew-based cheese served alongside crackers, chutney and pickles.
Sweet-toothed visitors meanwhile will be happy to know that Café Forty One serves a selection of all-day desserts to diners, such as vanilla panna cotta and a seasonal fruit crumble. Those with extra time to spare can delight in a spot of plant-based afternoon tea, which is available from midday until 5pm and comes complete with finger sandwiches, scones and a glass of non-alcoholic fizz.
Café Forty One is proudly an alcohol-free venue, stocked instead with a varied range of mocktails, Seedlip gins, kombuchas, specialist teas and no-alcohol fizz. If the weather is on your side, we’d recommend enjoying the restaurant’s vegan afternoon tea out on the leafy garden terrace, which is tailor-made for a relaxed afternoon of al fresco dining.
As is expected of Café Forty One’s inclusive nature, gluten-free and other dietary choices can easily be accommodated for upon request.