the cutest brunch spots in London's northern surrounding villages

I could spend all my time hopping from cafe to cafe in London. The amount of quirky, beautifully decorated, design cafes that exist within the city limits are endless. But, London kind of steals all of Britain's thunder, ya know? And, I get it. It's a fun city to be in. Street art, shopping, yummy eateries, and trendy hotels-- London isn't lacking in much. 

But what about the areas just a half hour's drive from England's capital? What do they offer in regards to food? 

some delicious little cafes + eateries, that’s what. 

My most recent trip to the U.K. had me spending time North of London in nearby villages. I was on full feed. No carbohydrate or flat white left behind. Most meals were cooked in the family kitchen, shared over stories and fits of laughter. These moments beat any cafe, no matter how cute, but if you’re already in town and you’re looking for someplace to grab some grub, here are the spots I recommend.


KEEP READING FOR MY FAVOURITE COFFEE + BRUNCH SPOTS IN THE VILLAGES JUST A BIT NORTH OF LONDON


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BOHEMIA CAFE + RESTAURANT // ST. NEOTS

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I took a day getaway to St. Neots to relive some childhood memories. The charm of the little village was the same, but it was a new addition that had me giddy: Bohemia Cafe. You could easily walk right passed the brick building sitting with nothing but a small wooden sign and a low, almost hidden entrance. I hadn’t had my staple avocado toast since my return to New Zealand earlier in the year, so I needed almost no time to look at the menu before ordering. The staff was friendly and the service was fast. My flat white was amazing and the toast was yum. Even as someone who almost never eats egg or dairy, I have to say the poached egg on top was cooked to perfection. I loved the sea salt and vinaigrette add on with the seeds!

VEGGIE FRIENDLY? Yes

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THE WAFFLE HOUSE // ST. ALBANS

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Waffle House was suggested to me by Luke's long-time friend, Lizzie, and, as if I needed another reason to love her, our visit made me all the more thankful to know her. Waffle House sits on the water in an old-pub-type establishment that is quintessentially British. Every waffle is made fresh to order and the menu offers both sweet and savory items. Having a salty-tooth, I should have opted for a savory menu item. Instead, I ordered the British Summer Strawberry waffle with cream from the specials board and I'm still reeling from a diabetic coma. The sugar high was intense but well worth every bite. The strawberries were so fresh, I’m pretty sure I said, “These are soooo fresh”, approximately 10 billion times as we dined. I devoured my waffle, which more than made up for the entirely average flat white. I’ve been told the Mango waffle deserves two thumbs up. 

VEGGIE FRIENDLY? Yes

 NOT enjoying a flat white at NoMooMoo, but definitely enjoying the views and food. P.S. my necklace is by   31 Bits

NOT enjoying a flat white at NoMooMoo, but definitely enjoying the views and food. P.S. my necklace is by 31 Bits

NOMOOMOO // ST. ALBANS

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While on a day-break to St. Albans, I stopped by the little towns all vegan restaurant. NoMooMoo cafe is a plant-based establishment that offers a vegan brunch menu, cakes, and main meals. Being honest, my flat white from NoMooMoo was probably the worst coffee I've had...in my life. But NoMooMoo makes up for it in the food department {not that we easily forgive bad-coffee-sinners here}. You also get a lovely little view of the St. Albans Cathedral from the cafe’s courtyard! 

VEGGIE FRIENDLY? Yes

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BOGOTA COFFEE CO. // MILTON KEYNES 

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While running to the bank to sort out money before this stint of travels, I had a hankering for a cafe coffee. Giving “cute cafes in Milton Keynes” a Google just as I left the house, I was given Bogota Coffee Co. as a result. Not having the time to do any other “research”, I set out for errands and a stop at Bogota. The coffee snob in me loved Bogota’s knowledgable baristas, and being detail-interior-obsessed I loved the polaroids hanging on string, the exposed brick, and the recycled wood floors. However, the American in me hated the customer service. It’s not that the people in Bogota were outwardly rude, it’s just that the conversations taking place behind the counter about how they hate when people take photos of their coffee and how anyone who doesn’t know what a cappuccino is shouldn’t stop by…well it was off putting. And that’s a shame because, truth be told, their coffee was outrageously good. So good, I felt compelled to add it to this list despite the pretentious , pseudo-intellectual hipster conversations I overheard during my visit. Also, they have a falafel panini and, as readers of this blog will know from my posts about Greece, I have mad love for falafel.

VEGGIE FRIENDLY?  Yes


Have I convinced you to explore outside of London yet? If not, check out my photo diary from time in London’s surrounding villages here and peep my guide to Beer down in Devonshire here. Get out, explore, and be kind!

 

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