London

Foxcroft & Ginger, Soho, London

30 April 2014

Soho is tightly packed and fast-paced, but Foxcroft & Ginger takes a different tack. It’s a friendly, welcoming place with the ever-present scent of fresh speciality bread.

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Foxcroft & Ginger is named after Mr Foxcroft and his wife – a redhead. Co-owners Quintin and Georgina Foxcroft took the leap into self-employment at the turn of the decade, opening Foxcroft & Ginger after years managing other peoples’ bars and restaurants.

As of just a few weeks ago, there are now two branches – the second is in Whitechapel. We visited the original, on Berwick Street in Soho.

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Foxcroft & Ginger London (5)

Foxcroft & Ginger is a rare beast among London coffee shops in so far as it’s large and relaxed enough to linger over a Guardian crossword. We sat for an hour or so without feeling coffee shop guilt – i.e. the feeling you need to wolf down your espresso double-quick and move on. We bought a couple of rounds of drinks to justify our stay, of course.

On my one previous visit I brought my laptop and made use of the power sockets downstairs.

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It’s not only relaxed and spacious, but also rather gorgeous. The industrial feel isn’t unique, but it works. Thanks to the ceiling-high front window, sunlight drapes over the wooden tables and floor. The space downstairs is a little less welcoming, but still comfortable.

There’s even a pommel horse, in case you’re feeling a little Beth Tweddle.

Best of all, Foxcroft & Ginger is also a working bakery. The waft of fresh bread mingles with fresh coffee, and smiley bakers bound around preparing the morning’s batch, smiles not waning even as I accidentally get in their way with my photo-taking.

They tell me that baking started at midnight. The table of rolls shown above was a regular order ready to be shipped out – we saw them being baked, a dozen or so at a time.

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My coffees – a flat white and a filter – were very good. Not the best I had on this brief trip to London, but up there. The beans currently come from top notch roasteries HasBean and Caravan.

I may have only visited a couple of times, but Foxcroft & Ginger is already one of my favourite London coffee shops – it’s the space, the pace, the smiles and the bread.

Tom


Address
3 Berwick Street
Soho
London
W1F 0DR

Website: foxcroftandginger.co.uk/
Twitter: @foxanginger
Facebook: pages/Foxcroft-Ginger/121525349032

We visited on 7 April 2014.

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1 Comment

  • Reply 2mane 1 April 2015 at 9:11 am

    I have loved this place since it opened in Soho but its turning out to be a huge dissapointment lately …. Now the coffee is closer to £3.. yet doesn’t taste as good as it used to .. the flat white felt watered down. Previously had friendlier staff who were happy to make my coffee the way I like it with a spirnke of sugar in the botom… This time round I was pointed to the sugar counter!

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