Fleet River Bakery – Holborn

Reviewed on November 25th, 2015 by Dina

Located at one end of Lincoln Inn’s Fields is Fleet River Bakery. It is a corner cafe with seating outdoors and around the side of the cafe. There are a few window seats and additional seating on the lower level.

On the wooden counter, the salads, quiches and frittatas are on display. Even though these are served by the staff, it is a shame that they are open by the area where people queue. It would be so much better to have the food covered or behind the counter.

Adjacent to this area, the counter extends to the fridge containing sandwiches, paninis and big cream filled scones. There are cakes galore on the shelves along the back wall. These include cookies, brownies and also gluten free cakes.

Whilst I was at Fleet River Bakery, a fresh frittata had just been cooked. It looked of good quality along with all of the other cooked food.

There is an extensive range of teas, coffees and iced drinks. The coffee collection counter is separate to the till paying counter. The white decaffeinated Americano was served in small white cup. The coffee itself was good but the soya milk looked like it had curdled some in the coffee.

Fleet River Bakery was extremely busy at lunchtime with queues coming out of the door. The staff served the customers promptly. All in all Fleet River Bakery is a nice cafe with its fresh quality products.

Fleet River Bakery, 71 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3JH

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Nuvola – Regent’s Place

Reviewed on October 11th, 2015 by Dina

Nuvola has many quotes on its white washed walls and one of them states “a careful balance between authentic Italian heritage, healthy lightness and impeccably good taste”. There is a sky blue theme running through the decor of this cafe.

As there are big windows with wicker stools so that you can watch the world go by, there is no need for much additional lighting. A ladder holding magazines and papers is by the cute sofa area. A few outdoor seats are available but there is also plenty of seating in Regent’s Place.

The seating area is sectioned off from the ordering and queuing area by a wall. A basket at the front entrance contains all the cutlery and napkins. The kitchen is located behind the main counter. An open fridge has sandwiches, salads, cold drinks and fruit to grab and go. Cakes are displayed in the covered counter by the tills.

There are three pasta choices on Nuvola’s menu: fusilli, classic penne and wholemeal penne as well as stews. The Pesto Genovese penne pasta was given in a takeaway box. There was only a light coating of the pesto on the pasta so it lacked flavour. The penne pasta was cooked al dente. As the food was given in a takeaway box, it’s nice that you can decide later whether you want to stay in and eat or eat it out.

Once the lunchtime rush was over, you could hear the lovely Italian music playing in the background. The staff kept the place clean and tidy.

Nuvola has plenty of interesting drinks on offer. There are artisan coffees, fresh ginger or mint tea, red espresso which is made with rooibos tea and they also do real hot chocolate available in milk or dark. Lickalix ice lollies are stocked here too if you wanted to have a pure fruit ice lolly.

Nuvola, Unit 3, Euston Tower, Regent’s Place, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AT

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Sprinkles Gelato – Finchley Road

Reviewed on September 20th, 2015 by Dina

Even though it was fairly early on in the day, when friends got together, ice cream was on the agenda. Sprinkles Gelato looks like an American diner with its red cushioned booths.

What struck us the most was the lovely aroma of waffles that was filling the whole of the cafe. On the menu, there were some breakfast items but who wants them when freshly made waffles and crepes can be had!

It took us a while to decide exactly which waffles to have; chocolate, Nutella, strawberries, Oreos, made the decision even harder. What we didn’t anticipate was the size of the waffles at Sprinkles Gelato. Each waffle was freshly cooked and hence it took a little longer for us to be served. But it was well worth the wait.

Soft, warm waffles with the signature SG Sprinkles Gelato stamp was presented to us. The Strawberry Creation waffle had toppings of chopped strawberries and chocolate sauce. The other waffle of Nutella and Cookie was topped with crushed Oreo cookies, sliced banana and Nutella spread. All the waffles came with the most delicious soft vanilla ice cream. The waffles, toppings and ice cream were dessert heaven.

For drinks, Sprinkles Gelato do coffees, teas and milkshakes. The Ahmad Mango Magic tea was wonderful with its delicate mango flavour. It was great that it could be served with hot soya milk on the side.

The staff gave friendly service. The place was kept clean and tidy. When asked about the fruit, it was good to know that the fruit had been washed when prepared for the waffle toppings.

Sprinkles Gelato has a big range of gelatos in their counter. While we were there, many people were coming in for their takeaway gelatos. It seems like it would also be a busy place in the evenings when sweet treats are wanted!

Sprinkles Gelato, 4-6 Northways Parade, Finchley Road, London, NW3 5EN

Rating: ★★★★☆

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