As mentioned previously on our twickerati high street update, Twickenham is fast becoming the café capital of South West London. In fact, we’ve even tried to work out which is the best café in the town.
With so many cafés to choose from already it’s a brave person that chooses to set up shop in central Twickenham. Competition is fierce. One new café that’s recently joined fray is Fresh Deli and Cafe at 25 Heath Road (opposite Blockbuster). Local resident, occasional twickerati collaborator and all round good egg Monkeybanjo (he’s something of an expert on the price of the things) went to talk to the owner of this latest café to find out more. Here’s his review…
Fresh Deli and Café is all pine wood and tile and has the feeling of a high class continental deli about it. There are plenty of wood tables to take a seat at and it is a cosy little place filled with Ivan’s charm. Ivan is the café owner, and it is his first – he was determined to start a café that made the freshness and quality of the food its unique selling point in the burgeoning café market of Twickenham. So what’s on offer at the latest addition to Twickenham’s café society? It’s high quality deli fare, with the twist that it is all prepared on the day or to order by Ivan himself. Order the pasta, and it will be boiled the moment you order it. Haloumi? No problem, it’ll be under the grill shortly, Sir.
Ivan also takes the quality of his food very seriously indeed. He uses Tuscan Proscuito ham (reserve 2 years) and specially smoked Manuka chip wood smoked Shetland salmon in his recipes. He makes his own soups and tapenade, bakes the cakes he sells, and marinades his own olives. He can tell you exactly what is in his food, so those with allergies are well catered for. Having tasted many of Ivan’s wares myself and with @MrsMonkeybanjo, I can vouch for the quality of the food. It tastes fresh and Ivan is very eager to make sure you leave a happy customer. He is keen to win over local residents, workers, yummy mummies and, in fact, anyone in the area with a passion for good.
With lunch possible from about £7 upwards for a main course, drink and coffee, Ivan is starting to draw a regular crowd. He already has regulars from the local office workers and groups of mummies are making it their regular haunt for coffee mornings (and the coffee is exceptionally good).
Thankfully for Twickenham, Ivan is doing his bit to improve the availability of decent brunch destinations in our town, from this Sunday onwards he will be offering a wide choice of sensibly priced brunch items for your delectation. Expect good fresh fruit and granola, Scottish pancakes, French toast, eggs – from Benedict to Royal – through to the traditional full English and kippers from a very reasonably £1.50 to £5.85.
So I recommend you go into Café Deli and Fresh and check it out for yourself, and do remember to say “Hi” on behalf of Twickerati and Monkeybanjo!
Disclosure (and, as you know, we always love a bit of openness on here): Monkeybanjo and Twickerati were not paid for this article by the café owner, however, Monkeybanjo was given some of Ivan’s lovely olives to eat while they spoke.
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