I really like this little place! I've been in London now for a 1 1/2 and they have the best espresso by far. I've tried everywhere in the neighborhood! I used to live in Seattle (USA) for a handful of years and became a bit of an espresso snob so I was quite glad to stumble upon them. They also have really good pastries and do a daily salad as well. Most of the staff is super friendly although there is one female cook this last Saturday that was pretty mean to this new girl that just started. It's quite awkward as a customer when you see this type of interaction because everybody needs to learn the ropes and attitude does not help. Anyway, everything else is spot on! Highly recommended.
Best coffee in North London by far, brilliant bacon sandwiches and very competent and friendly staff
Only small downsides are yummy mummy clientele, occasional overcrowding and often too loud music (ask them to turn it down)
Great in the summer when you can sit outside and free Wi-Fi too
Highly recommended and there is another branch in England's lane down the hill
The only thing I do not get is the Polish guy with an Aussi accent. Mate...
Ginger & White proud themselves of their British artisan food and quite rightfully so. However, as much as they might try to stir away from the French and Italian boutique coffee shops that crowd London, they can't deny that there is a flavor of Europe in most of their menu. And it works out just fine...
The weekend specials are quite creative and the portions were well served. Being a die-hard fan of bacon, I tried the Croissant with melted cheddar and bacon and was in for a pleasant surprise! The three levels of bacon appeased my hunger levels while the subtle flavor of the cheese balanced out the sweetness of the croissant. Quite an impressive combination that I had never heard before.
The coffee is strong with an original blend that I hadn't tried before - it supports the food quite well. Same can be said about the orange juice: fresh from the tree.
The shop itself is quite small so I am guessing that if you stop by at lunch time you gonna have a hard time getting a seat. Not ideal for groups. There's a main center table that you will probably have to share with someone else - if you are looking for something more private and less communal then this is not the place for you.
On the bright side, it is on a side street where cars are not allowed which makes it much quieter than the main streets of Hampstead Village just around the corner. There are also a couple of tables outside where you can enjoy a drink on a sunny afternoon.
Overall, I quite liked the place. I am bit picky with my food so there weren't many options in the menu that I cared to try, but my croissant was great, the place was nice, the price was about right and to wrap it up, the staff is super friendly. Worth a visit.
I'm seeing a lot of "unpretentious" being thrown about in previous reviews, which is something I have to seriously disagree with.
'Spose it's my own fault for hanging out in NW3, though.
Irritatingly bad jazz music, oh-so-Hampstead clientele (Do you really need a £500 handbag, lady?), overpriced tiny lattes and a brownie that my boyfriend recalls as "tasting weak and smelling like flowery handsoap".
And did I mention that they charge you 30p if your card purchase is under £10?
The only redeeming factor is that the coffee was, infact, pretty good...despite costing too much. Also, admittedly.... it may have been a teeny, tiny bit refreshing to see some very British treats on the menu after hanging out in aussie cafes so much.
If we ever go back, we'll get the fancy toast and marmalade. That looked nice.
I'm giving it 3 stars, but it's more like a 2.5, really. Damn your lack of half stars, Yelp.
It is a tiny and always-packed cafe tucked in back street of Hampstead
I enjoyed my brunch ( was hard to choose from a selection of tasty options on the board and tempting pastries on display), the coffee and the communal table at the middle of the cafe.
I went with a pile of papers to finish working on and left after spending quality business time, some me time while witnessing people passing by
Ginger & White's slogan is "We don't do Grande," which I found to be cute and clever. This little coffee joint is adorably tucked away in the backstreets of Hampstead High Street.
This coffee shop scores major points on decor, as it is very tastefully furnished and decorated. They have a great weekly and weekend menu with pastries and nibbles which looked quite tasty, however I didn't get the chance to try anything to eat. I simply ordered an iced coffee, which was very good. I love a strong coffee and the taste was delicious and bold.
The outdoor seating area is really pleasant for the nice summer days. I recommend strolling down Perrin's Court with a book and enjoying a coffee at Ginger and White. Hopefully next time I visit I will be able to try out the yummy looking treats along with my bold coffee.
I love Ginger and White coffee it is fantastic, I haven't tried the food but from what I could see it looks really good, the fact that they do dippy egg and soldiers is definitely a plus for me :)
It is quite small, but friendly, if you were my friend I would bring you here for a coffee and home made cake :)
Such a shame that I didn't take some photos because this place is oh-so cute! And I can't believe no other Yelper has found this little gem.
As I wandered the High Street looking for a good place for a latte and a bite and a place where I could camp out alone and read my book and went by all the places mentioned on Yelp, but lines were long and spaces were few and I just wasn't feeling the vibe. So I wandered down a little alley and stumbled onto Ginger and White. Outdoor seating, a large table and smaller tables (although it is a very small space) and a great counter facing big windows for people-watching. Coffee by Square Mile Roasters, great tunes in the backgound, and delicious pastries. I enjoyed homemade granola with yogurt, honey and fresh roasted plums. Yum, yum!
What a neat little place!
Just off the street down the arcade is a little tea and coffee shop. The place is small and gets crowded. The chairs reminded me of being at school but it didnt deter me from having a great coffee, pot of tea and a pastry.
Friendly staff and unique interior. Outside tables too.
Love the place. Excellent food and stunningly friendly staff they were polite and completed our every wish. I had some eggs, a glass of orange juice and a coffee and I can honestly say that everything was delicious and freshly made.
I'll keep this brief, as I've had just one fleeting encounter with this place but it was a cute little place off a small cobbled street in Hampstead. They've got a big communal table as well as smaller seats by the windows, etc, and really nice at-home style of decor that's appealing without being intrusive. All the food looked great, but unfortunately I can't speak too much of it, because I only had something small-- a muffin. It was fresh and delicious, and the entire package warrants at least a return trip. Easily accessible by subway, by the way, for anyone venturing into Hampstead for the purpose of visiting it.
Hip hip hooray for the recession! It means we finally get some decent independents in Hampstead / Belsize Park!
That's my one major gripe about the UK, you can't swing a cat without hitting a Starbucks, Cafe Nero, Costa - whatever! Wherever you go, every high street is identical to the one before!
So the big brands were not making their margins and decided to close shops, great!
Coffee is really delicious! The interior is so much fun, with the big table to share in the middle and the two nooks you can hide in at the back. The staff are really nice, helpful, friendly and alert. (How many times have you been to a coffee shop chain to be confronted with the most absentminded barista - if you can call them that?)
They aren't "there" yet with their cakes (which can be overly sweet). I haven't tried their sandwiches or salads. I am sure they will get "there" soon though.
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Ginger and White has been on my hit list for a while. And then out came the sun. The day had dawned to dust off the bike's winter coat and hit the roads to Hampstead Heath.
Finishing off our salads at Gail's on Hampstead High Street (mixed reviews from us, but the cake selection rocks), The Peanut Gallery and I decided a 2nd coffee of the day was in order. Enter Ginger and White.
A staunchly British themed coffee shop, Ginger and White is set back from the main drag in a quiet little pedestrian laneway, Perrins Court. Inside is a big, communal table with crayons (or coloured pencils?) in the middle, suggesting a child friendly attitude that will likely be a selling point for some, but a roomful of childish shrieks and me should never meet before my morning coffee. All is overseen by a large Union Jack painting and a counter laden with cakes, pastries and biscuits. There's talk of salads and sandwiches also being available (like Northfield's Farm's roast beef with horseradish mayo and watercress on onion bread - oh my...), and all ingredients are apparently British and sourced direct from the farm.
But we were there for the Square Mile coffee (currently the Spring brew - a blend from Brazil and Colombia). The flat white was smooth, caramel-y and strong, hitting all the right notes. Admittedly on the basis of only 1 visit at this stage, I have to rate the coffee right up there with that of all my favourite antipodean coffee shops of London. A freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice was also lovely.
As far as I know, there are not too many options for a really great coffee in North West London. I don't hang out in Hampstead all that often, but when I do, I know where I'll be sipping my flattie. Thumbs up.
Great little spot. By little, I mean that for two reasons. The first, it isn't overflowing with an abundance of space, though that certainly adds to its charm. Secondly, everyone seems to have figured out that they make a mean cup of coffee and serve some fantastic food to match, so that means there is almost always a host of people occupying any of the available seats.
But, if you don't mind sharing a table, or sitting at a window ledge, this could be one of the best spots to go in Hampstead. Set down a pedestrian road, which means you can watch the stream of Hampstead-ites and visitors (rather than the endless stream of cars headed up the hill), this is a great place to sit with the paper or a book. Good carrot cake and coffee, both of which are important to me. It is certainly worth stopping by (especially if you can steal an outside table on a sunny day).
Progressive coffee shop. Great service from engaged staff. Good quality menu items prepared fresh. Hip in a laid back way. Very informal and relaxed. Five stars for doing what they do very well.
Best coffee in NW3 hands down. Friendly staff and some cozy couches for lazy days...only prob seems to be it's own popularity as can get busy at certain times of the day (after school set weekdays / brunch weekends)....but that's understandable.
I love this branch a little better than the one in Belsize Park here I can feel more positive atmosphere and overall look. Anyway, the food and coffee is of course on a top level.
authentic cafe , strong acid.
This is an amazing cafe selling really nice home made food and the service definitely comes with a smile. I had probably the best sausage sandwich of my life, which appeared to contain a delicious home made brown sauce (although I could be wrong about that). The staff were incredibly friendly and did their best to make us feel comfortable in what was initially a crowded cafe. In fact, if you sit outside not only are there heaters but they also provide you with blankets. It is quite child friendly as well, with crayons being provided on the large communal table.
Cute, friendly little cafe that serves all the essentials: coffee, tea, sandwiches, pastries and salads. For such a small space, it did have quite a bit of seating options, including a large communal table in the middle surrounded by single seating along the window for those just looking to sip coffee while reading the papers. My friend and I chose to sit outside under the heat lamps on a chilly Sunday morning, which was surprisingly pleasant. I had the roast beef and watercress sarnie on onion bread, a huge teapot-full of tea and a chocolate croissant. Everything was tasty and made with care. Service was excellent; we were seated right away and didn't feel rushed at all.
Great coffee, great cake and atmosphere.
Fantastic coffee! Always consistent. I always manage to score the leather couches. Love the service, the communal tables, the location on a cute alleyway in Hampstead. Never felt rushed even though we sit for ages. Will make a note to try the food next time.
I used to travel to London three times a year for business. I would regularly arrive before 7am on Sunday mornings, when pretty much every establishment is closed for business and/or unavailable, including whatever hotel room I would call home for the next week. I found salvation and delight at Ginger & White, a charming, low-key, Sunday morning kind of coffee shop in Hampstead. They offer delicious coffee and fresh juices, simple but tasty breakfasts (I actually dream of their soft-boiled eggs with buttered soldiers!), and a low-key ambiance with good music and morning papers for you to enjoy. It's a lovely place to start your morning in north London.
Best coffee within a couple of miles. The place is small though so be prepared to wait. Ginger and white also sell their own personalized keep cups which seem to be finally trickling into London and are the sustainable answer to the non recyclable take away cups you find everywhere. (About time) + one g&w!
Coffee is very good as previous Qypers describe, but the service was extremely erratic. Arrived at around 1pm, it is a short menu; a number of things had run out. Do not expect a big breakfast, more like piece of cake, or cheese toasties. We ordered, first came the cheese and marmite muffin, very tasty, and then we waitedeventually (15min) had to go and ask for the rest of our order, they had forgotten. Then came the coffees, finally came the sausage sandwich. They had run out of baps, so we had it on bloomer. Bread was sliced too thin, a bit stale, and not warm, unacceptable at £6. Trying to pay was chaotic, will not be retuning.
Unpretentious and friendly place with quality food and coffee that would make you feel warm and welcomed. Enjoyed the berry muffin & the yoghurt with granola looked nice as well. Great neighborhood cafe perfect for small group meet ups.
Nice spot; enjoyed a pretty good flat white and talked to friendly clientele. Staff also friendly. Kind of small, but that's OK. Coffee and cakes were a bit higher-priced than the London average, even at top notch spots elsewhere. But I'll probably return.
Ginger and White has got it figured out. First, they have really high quality drinks, pastries, and food. Second, their space is warm and comfortable, and they move people in and out in an efficient, unhurried way. They have a nice square communal table which works well; you can talk to your neighbours if you want, or not.
The best espresso-based coffee in Hampstead by a mile. Healthy but tasty lunches, too. Cakes and pastries are delicious. Quiet location on a pedestrian street away from the traffic. It can be busy, but it's not normally a long wait for a seat.
my favourite place in Hampstead. the coffee is stellar. i like the communal table idea and lots of free papers. food is good - particularly the boiled eggs but also sandwiches (ask for the home ketchup sauce). can be overrun with yummy mums and kids...
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