Okay! Okay a ‘Coffee Lounge’ sounds pretentious but I LOVE a bit of pretention – I am a westend gal after all.
Woodlands and Charing Cross seems to be where it is at right now with new coffee spots. I told you a few weeks about my lovely visit to Patisserie Apostrophe which I visited again earlier this week with my lovely friend Rozzy and it was just as delightful as my first visit. Yesterday I paid an equally lovely visit to newly opened Gesso with the gorgeous Briony and Susie for a little spot of lunch….it has been a week of coffee dates with some of my favourite babes in the city which always makes me happy.
Gesso can be found on St Georges Road, from the outside it looks like quite a smallish standard coffee shop but once you step inside it’s frankly massive for a coffee spot. The decor is totally up my street – loads of natural day light, cool exposed brick wall, large counter area busting with tempting goodies, cool art and an assortment of seating areas from large communal tables at the back to tables for two by the front door. It is 100% hipster but as you know I like that, and I would happily head over there with my laptop one day and set up camp for the morning to do some writing.
The staff were great – polite, helpful and smiley….nothing really more I can add.
So Gesso is definitely a coffee shop which does food rather than a restaurant. Don’t get me wrong it has a great little selection of food, but great coffee and cake is the main pull for the average Gesso customer I would guess. We had just missed their breakfast menu which is served until 11am, it was a shame as I quite fancied a square sausage roll. However I happily choose from the lunch menu which consisted of lovely looking sandwiches, scrambled egg, a few different soups and some sharing boards.
In the end I opted for the scrambled egg with some grilled chorizo for £5.70 and a side of Gigantes beans in tomato sauce at £2.20. The food arrived pretty quickly and it was really really delicious. There were 3 large slices of toast topped with a whole mound of creamy and well seasoned scrambled egg, with a good amount of tasty chorizo on top. I feel the beans should have come with a bit of a warning as they were pretty spicy, I didn’t mind this but it did surprise me a bit on my first bite. They were so good though and I would definitely recommend you try them….although not a massive portion for £2.20 in my opinion.
With such an amazing selection of Big Bear cakes on offer there was no way I could leave without trying one. I went for the white chocolate and raspberry tart. It was nice enough and I enjoyed it, but all white chocolate tarts are judges by the Cottonrake version which is still by far the best cake I have ever eaten. It was a perfectly pleasant cake though which I would have again.
Gesso is an outstanding addition to the Woodlands/Charing Cross area and I will definitely be visiting lots in the future.