Notting Hill’s Farm Girl is London’s bucket list healthy café with serious Instagram credentials.

But does this uber cool hotspot live up to the hype? In a word, absolutely! Founded by Australian Rose Mann, Farm Girl re-creates laid back Antipodean café culture and champions fresh and nutritionally nurturing locally-sourced ingredients. It has a serious range of fabulously flavoured plant-based foods and possibly the best selection of multi-coloured lattes in London.

Plus,  anywhere that has a turmeric latte decorated with a French bulldog has to be worth a visit…

The setting

Farm Girl is set in a small courtyard off the busy Portobello Rd. It’s a welcome haven from the crowds on market days, but do expect to queue at the weekend. The large, spacious interior is chequered with vivid turquoise and green ceramic tiles highlighted by industrial spot lights.

There are lots of tables with banquette seating along the walls. A quieter mezzanine with a few tables sits above the kitchen. Racks of fruit and spices surround the busy bar area, plus there’s additional seating in the courtyard at pretty, metal tables.

The vibe is relaxed, the staff are friendly and the customers are a mix of locals, market shoppers and tourists.

The little things

There’s 2 hours of free wifi and plug sockets around the walls, which make it a great place to chill and work after the lunchtime rush.

What we ate

Farm Girl has an extensive menu which makes it difficult to choose. As there were three of us, we shared the GF Bear Salad – a hearty mix of roasted beetroot, pear, goats cheese & toasted walnuts with an apple cider vinegar dressing, the pretty Sweet Kale and Coconut salad of shredded winter kale, charred corn, coconut & yellow courgette with a delicious date & tahini dressing, the Blue Jack Tacos with BBQ pulled jackfruit (very meaty tasting), pineapple, guacamole, egg free mayonnaise & lettuce, served on two soft blue corn tortillas and Scrambled eggs on toasted sour dough with a side of avocado.

To finish off we had a cute Açai bowl of organic frozen Amazonian berries blended with banana & almond milk and topped with coconut shavings, winter fruits & chia seeds. It was delicious.

The fresh juice test

Farm Girl doesn’t do homemade juices or smoothies, although there’s orange, apple and watermelon juice in the fridge. But what it lacks in juice, it more than makes up for with its signature latte selection.

Farm Girl makes eight different lattes and we worked our way through the five most nutritious: the Liquid Gold with turmeric, cinnamon, astralagus, honey and coconut milk (topped with a French bulldog), the Charcoal Latte with activated charcoal, date syrup & cashew milk, the Matcha Latte of organic Japanese green tea powder, the beautifully tart Hibiscus Matcha of organic hibiscus matcha powder with coconut milk and finally the vivid blue Butterfly Matcha with organic blue matcha powder and almond milk.

Hard to choose, but our favourite was the more-ish activated charcoal!

The bill

Bear Salad £7.50
Sweet Kale & Coconut Salad £7.50
Blue Jack Tacos £12.00
Scrambled Eggs £7.50 (with avocado £2.50)
Açai Bowl £8.00
Liquid Gold Latte £3.90
Charcoal Latte £4.00
Matcha Latte £3.70
Hibiscus Matcha £4.10
Butterfly Matcha £4.10

What else?

Farm Girl also has a café in the Sweaty Betty flagship store in Soho’s Carnaby St-with a larger range of smoothie bowls, a smoothie drink range and the signature lattes. Plus, another upmarket café in Chesea – read our review here.

What made us glow?

Frankly everything. We will be back and insta ready!

 

 

 

 

Farm Girl

59A Portobello Road,
London W11 3DB

020 7229 4678
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