Green Owl Café and Deli is one of those local treasures that I know we should support more frequently – for brunch, lunch and more. They fearlessly compete with the likes of Costa (two branches within spitting distance) and Waitrose (opposite) giving away free hot drinks, and still thrive. Why? Because they are really, really good at what they do. It’s just a quick walk from Buckhurst Hill tube station, on the Central line.
After a stressful week we needed to unwind and headed out for a breakfast/brunch treat. We’re quite divided on the savoury/sweet issue, with A.’s very sweet tooth driving him down the pancakes/french toast route while I’m more tempted by the savoury options. For some reason this is never what’s expected, so A. is automatically handed my Full English whilst I get passed the sweeter options. Not just here, but everywhere we go! Baffling.
Delightfully the whole menu here is available all day long – no silly 11am cut off on the meal you’ve just set your heart on. Or a ‘sorry, lunch isn’t served until 12’, which was an annoying response I had recently when trying to get an early lunch before a long drive. No, life is simpler and much more sensible here. True to form, I was tempted by the Green Owl breakfast. Perfectly poached eggs, great quality bacon and sausage, mushrooms, tomato, beans and toast. It came with room temperature butter ready to spread (how many times do we end up trying to spread rock hard butter straight from the fridge?), and Stokes tomato ketchup (one of the best). Perfect with a pot of tea.
A. went for the Challah French Toast with fresh berries. Beautifully presented with a light dusting of icing sugar. He had experimented with using brioche for french toast at home, but said that the challah bread gave a firmer texture with a slightly less sweet taste – brioche can turn to a more custardy consistency. In other words, perfect. Enjoyed with an americano, he certainly looked happy enough.
There are lots of tasty brunch options on the menu and as it’s one of our favourite meals, I ‘m sure we’ll be back – for that or for lunch or even for a cream tea (have only just noticed that on the menu!). And in the summer there’s a small garden at the back. Bruch set us back just over £20 so it’s a relatively affordable treat.
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Green Owl Café & Deli, 44 Queens Road,Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5BY Sunday, January 14 2018