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Wednesday 8 October 2014

Villiers Coffee Company & Dining Room...

I've constantly got one ear to the ground when it comes to new restaurants and bars opening in London. Not that I'm bored with our current vast selection, (how could I be?!) but my favourite hobby is eating and drinking with friends and there's nothing better than finding a new gem to explore together.

A friend told me a few months back that the family behind Gordon's Wine Bar were opening a new restaurant offering all day relaxed food and coffee. Being a huge fan of Gordon's, it immediately made it onto my iPhone to do list!

The perfect opportunity arose for a daytime catch up with a great friend requiring some tasty lunch, a good wine list and a location somewhere between Parsons Green and Bethnal Green!

Villiers Coffee Company and Dining Room ticked all the boxes!

It's literally two doors up from Gordon's so a quick trot from Embankment and Charing Cross - easy peasy! 

Now I'm not going to lie, Villier's is pretty compact in every sense of the word...if you're after somewhere for a top secret meeting, this isn't for you! However if you want somewhere relaxed with a buzzy atmosphere then read on!

The decor is simple - chunky wooden tables, white walls, blackboards, exposed bulbs and Hendricks bottles for candle holders - simple and cute. It doesn't feel quite finished with room for them to grow into their space and build some more character, having said that I loved the laid back and cosy vibe never claiming to be something it's not.

We only sampled a couple of dishes, getting distracted by drinking too much wine, but what we did pick was pretty delicious! Naughty, I know, but we were so famished when our lamb koftas and chicken and charred corn arrived I totally forgot to take pictures...but worry not I managed to get one of our scrumptious desert...chocolate fondant, honeycomb and salted caramel ice cream...delish! 

All in all, a great little relaxed spot to pop in on if you're in the area for a strong coffee or small plates and wine, they don't have a website but I've read in reviews that they also do breakfast with simple but delicious dishes - like fried egg, corn bread and guacamole, mmmm, this I need to try! 

However for me, Gordon's still wins...if you haven't been, where the hell are you hiding, you're seriously missing out!!

Villiers Coffee & Dining Room
31a Villiers Street
+44 (0)20 7925 2100

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