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London coffee spots: Jamie Oliver’s Recipease

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I am all for a red cup with an unpronounceable long name to it, as long as it’s got my name written all over it. But sometimes, I just need to step away from the corporate coffee chains and go for the real deal: a local cafe, where the bread is freshly baked and the soups are cooked on site.

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Jamie Oliver’s Recipease in Notting Hill isn’t really a hidden gem – with its large glass front and its corner position on Notting Hill Gate and Pembridge Road it practically jumps at you. Also, Jamie Oliver isn’t really a small local coffee shop owner; it’s an international TV/DVD/multi zillion book deal/cookery accessories and food education brand. However, they have somehow managed to keep a very local and genuine feel to their cafes and restaurants.

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Maybe it’s because their dishes come on chunky pottery rather than plastic boxes, maybe it’s because their cakes and pastries taste authentically homemade, or maybe it’s because there is a certain, distinct Jamie Oliver atmosphere about the place. Take the loos, for example. Made by Thomas Crapper. Typical Essex boy toilet humour.

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My favourite dishes: carrot pancakes and eggs & soldiers. Favourite drinks: beet squeeze (a smoothie with banana and beetroot) and fresh mint tea. Served in a chunky little teapot, of course.

Recipease92-94 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3QB, Tel.: 0203 375 5398

9 Comments

  1. I love Recipease but somehow I never had a coffee there. I totally need to give it a try!

  2. Am not a fan of coffee chains, I much prefer a more local cafe. This does look lovely, particularly the cakes. Notting Hill gets all the best stuff.

  3. Now that sounds my kind of place….. I love a good cafe/bakery. Until nearly a year ago, I lived in West London (off the Uxbridge Road), so used to go into Notting Hill quite a bit… but I don’t remember seeing Recipease, it must be a fairly recent addition. X

  4. Although I’m not a fan of Jamie O, this store in Nothing Hill & the restaurant in Covent Garden are decent places for a healthy/freshly cooked/affordable meal in London.
    + the beet squeeze sounds intriguing

  5. ooh, I came here very recently (for wine and nibbles, not for coffee). Loved it: would definitely return x

  6. This looks quirky, in a good way. I didn’t know that Jamie Oliver had a coffee shop – I know he sometimes gets bad press but I admire that he has made a huge effort to encourage healthy eating. And the dinner I cook the most often is a version of his tray-bake salmon.

  7. Can you believe there’s a Jamie Oliver here? as soon as I get the STAFF issue sorted (ie, get self any childcare AT ALL) I will be visiting.
    Also- random fact: Thomas Crapper *was* in fact a plumber in the 19th C who started a large bathroom-fitting company. Seriously! What an ignoble eponymous term tho, huh?

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