The Rooftop Cafe is another one of my locals. It’s a 5 minute walk from my house. One of the best parts is that although a Rooftop place, you can visit all year round, come rain or shine, such a cool intimate venue. It has an ever evolving seasonal, straightforward approach to food. Also conveniently located outside The Shard and London bridge station. This place would prove to be a great venue to also pop in for lunch or dinner after seeing The Shard.
English head chef Peter Le Faucheur’s daily-changing menu nicely works around an emphasis on sustainability living. And although thats a wonderful thing in itself, the rooftop also has a handmade range of furniture, which of course is a lovely touch. Great lighting too, that makes it a joy at any time of the day but especially in the evening. Makes a perfect date location in the evening I must say. Quite quirky and romantic.
At first impressions outside the building, which doesn’t look amazing, almost like an ex government building from the seventies, concrete and grey. Not appealing. But I promise you it’s incredible once you’ve found yourself climbing the stairs right to the top (there is also a lift) you open a door into what seems the best kept secret in London town. It won’t disappoint you.
I was meeting friends there for a Christmas lunch, a perfect location for a catch up over a sunny day in London. They also had their December menus on, so very fun and festive. Some gorgeous Italian fizz to start, which is simply amazing, all local and again they focus on smaller, traditional growers who pay attention to the grapes, all sustainable.
Cauliflower, cheese and truffle soup was my utter highlight of all December eating so far. Blew my mind. Might be making that one at home over Christmas time. Wow just wow. I also had the potted shrimp which was a very generous portion, the others had Crab and pickled radish salad too. Which apparently was the best they’d had in a long time. Fresh and crunchy. A couple of us enjoyed the Pheasant which was succulent and very well seasoned, teamed with brussel tops, a great english dish. Reminded me of how my Grandma used to make for us at Christmas time. One of my friends also had the Hake, which again was cooked perfectly and had so much flavour. Such incredible flavours on all our plate.
I have to say if you’re visiting London, or fancy something different for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is the must do place. Cracking view of London, fresh and variable menus. Great service and brilliant location. See you in the New Year guys.
I’d suggest booking in advance as this place is quite small, so avoid disappointment by getting a table first