Granger & Co, Notting Hill
The queue is quite often trailing down Westbourne Grove. To me, it's the first positive sign that you've stumbled upon a very desirable, well worth the wait eating place, even though there are at least 10 other quite delicious cafes and restaurants within 50 metres of where you are standing. For some reason, waiting in line on Westbourne Grove is an acceptable situation when it comes to Granger, I don't necessarily like it, but, I do it. The food and ambiance seems to outweigh the time spent waiting. Just a little peek through the windows at the buzzy looking scene keeps you excited enough to allow your feet to remain firmly in that queue.
There is no option to book, so if it's busy you must wait. If there is space, they will offer you a seat outside and you can order drinks whilst you wait. Remembering back to when Granger first opened the long queue situation has always been there but usually only on a Saturday and Sunday brunch time. Nowadays, since the word has travelled about this perfectly relaxed yet lively restaurant which serves fabulously fresh food, the queue often overspills down Westbourne Grove most days.
It's very popular with the locals and you can see a very international crowd travelling from far to experience the wonders of Granger & Co. I love this place even more because it's child friendly, making it the perfect spot to spend some quality family time. they are equipped with highchairs and although there isn't a children's menu (as far as I know) they are always more than happy to prepare a side of avocado for weaning babies or plain toast. There is plenty of the menu that my girls love, the pancakes are always a hit.
I highly recommend the hotcakes, the scrambled eggs (they are amazing) and the pancakes.
Granger is a place I quite enjoy working from. I find the buzz very inspiring and seem to achieve quite a lot. It's also a great location to have informal business meetings or lunch or coffee. for me. Glenn and I often breakfast here, I take my mum for lunch (they can accommodate gluten and lactose intolerant diners) and I love to have lunch with friends here too. It's a one venue fits all kind of place.
The only down side is when you are visiting with children the queuing can be difficult, either get there super early on a weekend or be prepared to keep them entertained whilst you wait.