Garden centres are sanctuaries of calm and greenery anywhere they’re located. But in busy, built-up locations like London, they might hold even more charm for citizens. Especially when they’re house not only to an abundance of plants but also, another of Londoners’ preferred things: a well-rated location to consume.
There’s more than one in the city, naturally, but the hideaway restaurant I’m discussing – and just recently paid a visit to – is
Flotsam & & Jetsam at . Located only a number of minutes’ away from Warwick Avenue station, in serene Little Venice, this cute spot is one of 3 independent Antipodean-style cafés throughout London. Clifton Nurseries
As Google and
reviews affirm to, the trio has been praised for providing London’s ‘finest breakfast’ and ‘best lunch’ options. But the one at ancient London garden centre Clifton Nurseries – the city’s oldest FYI, running considering that 1851 – has the upper hand provided it’s set within a ‘lovely garden’. And that’s a declaration, not a claim. Tripadvisor
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< meta itemprop =" url" content="https://i2-prod.mylondon.news/incoming/article24461814.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_Screenshot-2022-07-11-at-222339.png"> MyLondon Reviews Writer Tilly Alexander went to Flotsam & Jetsam, a well-rated breakfast and lunch spot in garden centre Clifton Nurseries(Image: MyLondon)Hopping off the Bakerloo line, I reached my destination in just a few minutes, even after missing the turning point half-way up Clifton Villas and requiring to double back. The entryway to the garden centre was as slim as any other London alley, but instead of high, dark, claustrophobia-inducing walls, there was a welcome party of greenery lining its sides and a vertical slant of brilliant light. The uncommon brightness of this(semi)Central London passageway made more sense when I continued through the tree tunnel. As I emerged beyond the backs of Clifton Villas’ palatial houses, a broad, flat outdoor area unfolded, spacious in spite of being crammed in every corner with leafy plants, now rows of terracotta pots, now low, rustic wooden structures and tinkling water feature. A signpost in the middle of a flowerbed administered instructions (‘Pavilion Gift Shop’, Toilets, ‘Flotsam & & Jetsam’)
. The terraced exterior portion of Flotsam & Jetsam would have been a lovely area to dine were it not such a warm day ( Image: MyLondon)The latter was quickly identified as the high-ceiling, white-rimmed conservatory to the. Nosing round and through the entryway revealed first an outdoor portion -picturesque, sun-drenched and filled with intense, stubby columns, charming wrought iron tables and chubby ceramic pots growing green and white quiffs. The unseasonable heat of the day (31 degrees!)drove me further, through a set of open doors.
In here, the vibes were distinctly more brunch-y and beachy than the more timeless garden centre, spring afternoon tea-suited exterior of the balcony. I took a seat on what appeared to be a former wooden church seat and thought about the lunch break menu, which had actually been quickly provided to me alongside a much-needed carafe of faucet water. (Alas, breakfast and breakfast is just served all-day on weekends here.)
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Because I remained in the back left corner, to the right was the whole indoor section. This was long and wide adequate to fit 3 vertical rows of well-spaced wood tables and a diverse mix of chairs (some vibrant metal, some rubbed wood). An A-frame ceiling and windows on all however one side made it feel all the bigger.
Ornamental assortments of fishing internet, driftwood and frayed rope (AKA, real-life flotsam and jetsam, the things that washes up onshore) were suspended from the roof along with 2 spinning ceiling fans, presently casting spiky floral shapes over tables and one guy’s back. A stained orange buoy in the back winked that it had actually spent a previous life at sea, truthful.
< meta itemprop ="url" content= "https://i2-prod.mylondon.news/incoming/article24461818.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_Screenshot-2022-07-11-at-222547.png">< img data-src= "https://i2-prod.mylondon.news/incoming/article24461818.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_Screenshot-2022-07-11-at-222547.png"alt ="Indoors the vibes were diverse and beachy "material="https://i2-prod.mylondon.news/incoming/article24461818.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_Screenshot-2022-07-11-at-222547.png" > Indoors the vibes were diverse and beachy(Image: MyLondon )The clients was remarkably mixed: one middle aged couple; a trio of males in t-shirts, accompanied by a wheelie travel suitcase and having what appeared to be a service lunch; a mom with her adult kid
and, perhaps, his sweetheart. Two ladies in their twenties joined; the very first, sporting a tie dye bucket hat and pink flip flops, the second, a white singlet and messy bun, intoning’Isn’t it cute!’I was mulling on the brunch and lunch area’s relaxed Aussie vibes when my food got here. Even on a less stifling day this mix of open doors, banana leaf plants and jungle of plant behind the lots of, lots of windows may’ve persuaded me I was in fact in Byron Bay. And now, the chicken burger being stuck in front of me was actually selling the dream.
My lunch was tasty and(the burger, a minimum of)remarkably fit to the hot day (Image: MyLondon) As I nibbled the very first piping hot chip I questioned whether this had actually possibly not been the most sensible option( the Buddha Bowl, much better, perhaps for such a day), then without delay decided, no, as I relied on the’sandwich’. This significant lunchtime offering had actually been produced not only with aesthetic appeals however likewise fresh, light summery flavours in mind.
Lifting the toasted (BBQ ‘d?) brioche cover expose a carefully pesto-slathered bottom stamped with two pickle slithers; on the other bun, an enormous, flattened and herb-crusted chicken breast atop 2 slices of damp tomato, crunchy lettuce and avo mayo. Unexpected squeezes as I ate it launched appealing olive green oil, promptly mopped. I felt stuffed however all set to handle the garden centre. (Coming quickly.)