Go wild in the Wildflower Cafe

Unknown-7It is pink, the Wildflower Café, on the outside, inside distressed yellow seats give it a very jolly feel. Those bowler hat light fittings, that I have always wanted to put somewhere in my home and failed, hang cheerily over a large square table and against one wall are comfy padded grey banquettes. Popping in for a quick coffee turned into a marathon session so comfortable were we on a grey January morn. Two turned into five and a latte turned into a delicious brunch. Saturday all day breakfast is a hit with locals. Eggs, Granola and bacon sarnies are on the menu. During the week you can have breakfast before 12pm, followed by lunch with soups and wraps. In the evening the café turns into a ‘Robin’s Nest’ (how’s that for showing my age) style bistro with a menu which is both British and Italian in flavour, cooked by Chef Nico Rillo, with the odd curry thrown in, as a nod to Rillo’s sojourn in India. Wildflower was set up in November 2013 by another chef Leila Natif with a few partners. They wanted a local hub, a café, that could be whatever you want it to be – ie they want feedback. The daytime menu has a children’s section on it – so it is a great place to take ankle biters as a treat for tea. Rillo is very keen on seasonal food and tries to buy local and British wherever possible. I haven’t tasted the evening menu but my mushroom omelette was delicious. Wildflower also sells flowers in season, so at the moment you will find pots with bulbs poking through and you can also place a floral order. Worth gadding to the top of Chepstow Road, even just for a glimpse of that pink exterior. Oh must mention the excellent hot chocolate and very friendly, smiley service. Details on the Facebook page www.facebook.com

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