Bill, for those who don’t know, is a man with a true passion for fruit and veg. He started off in a shed donated to him by his father and eventually set up his first café in his hometown of Lewes on the South Coast. There are now five Bill’s cafés dotted around the UK, including the London venue in St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden.
Walk into the deli and be wowed by the vibrant colours. Fresh and seasonal vegetables hang from baskets and carefully sourced deli products span from floor to ceiling and include brands such as Brindisa. Olive oil, Ortiz anchovies, paella rice, cakes, you name it.
The breakfast menu features dishes such as full English, a veggie version along with sweet offerings such as waffles, eggs any way you want them and even bubble and squeak. Yum.
I opted for the full English (£7.95), something that I practically never order but fancied a change that morning. Helen went for the veggie version (£7.95), which included guacamole and hummus. Both were a good size and included two slices of toast. I have to say I think Helen’s had the edge with a delicious looking blob of guacamole!
We also ordered a couple of coffees. Now this is the only part of the breakfast that I wasn’t impressed with. I asked for a soya milk latte first time around and I’m almost certain it was normal milk. I only realised when I sipped my second order, a flat white that wasn’t really a flat white at all, more a milky coffee with a bit of froth on top. It tasted completely different to my ‘soy milk latte’. I probably should have queried at the time but thought it might be more hassle than it was worth.
Despite the disappointing coffee, the experience was enjoyable and I’d definitely go back to try one of the sweet offerings.
Breakfast for two with four coffees cost £22.56 inc service, which I thought was good value for money.
28 St Martin’s Courtyard