A firm favourite of our little one, the comforting warmth and fluffiness of a crumpet can’t be topped when the weather takes a tumble. Whether you prefer a jammy top or love a thick spread of unctuous peanut butter, each bite is as moreish as the last. Wrap up the kids, slip on your fluffiest knits and venture out to try London’s best crumpets…
Good and Proper Tea
Emilie Holmes Leather Lane based tea bar may be bijoux but when it comes to a cracking brew she’s your lady! Whether black or oolong, greens or white teas, the choice of cha is plentiful as are their square sourdough crumpets. Their crumpet collaborations bring together a host of home-grown chefs and foodie talent to bring toppings to marvel – Henrietta Inman’s lemon verbena curd, plump figs and honeycomb to cool cream cheese and smoked salmon scattered with sesame seeds courtesy of food blogger ScottCanEat. For purists and fussy kids there’s butter, avocado or homemade jam.
96A Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TX
Ask for Janice
If sleep is a sweet, distant memory and you up and pram pushing in the early hours of the morning, zip over to. Farringdon’s Ask for Janice. Sister to The Alice House and Elgin in Maida Vale, Ask for Janice is open from 7.30am and serves up a plate of warm buttered crumpets and Lambeth’s finest Coleman coffee. Simple, fluffy rounds and ideal for one handed munching whilst cradling the babe. Art-loving mamas with adore the stripped back walls lined with works by Kid Acne, Damien Hirst and Pure Evil.
50-52 Long Lane, Farringdon, EC1A 9EJ
The Ivy Cafe
We crave The Ivy Cafe’s Marmite slathered crumpets. Whilst their breakfast menu is awash with delicious dishes we always default back to these babies! Hot, doughy rounds are served with a mesmerising mixture concocted from a hefty dollop of Marmite, a dash of mustard and oozy parsley butter – allow to melt through the holey rounds and watch your little ones enjoy. Top tip – order double as these go like hotcakes.
Various locations across London
Kid-Free Crumpets at ROVI
If you’re indulging in a spot of kid-free Christmas shopping, Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest restaurant, ROVI, is a must-try. A menu with vegetables at its heart but with a fresh focus on fermentation and cooking over fire, dishes a unlike any other Ottolenghi has served up to date. His crumpet lobster toast with kumquat and chilli sauce is a grown up twist on this classic teatime treat. With a crumpet crisp yet pillowy soft, this golden round is topped with tender shards of lobster hidden under a sesame seed crust and served with a heat-packed chilli dipping sauce. An utter dream and fave bite of Nigella.
ROVI’s crumpets come from the epic Jones’ Crumpets and are crowned with eggs aplenty come their weekend brunch. Oh and did you know Jones’ Crumpets have a canny ‘Crumpets Thru Your Door’ London delivery service allowing you to post a box of their miniature crumpets straight yours or a loved ones door, along with a selection of toppings – doughlightful!
59 Wells Street, Fitzrovia, W1A 3AE