What a find!
The V&H cafe is a small artisan cafe situated on Holland Road. Run by Harry and his business partner, they have been here for the past 18m months, and I cannot believe it has taken me this long to hear about it, let alone visit!
On arrival Myself and my breakfast companion were warmly greeted by Harry and his team. We had the menu explained and were told we could sit anywhere we liked.
The cafe itself is stunning, although not huge it is light and airy with huge floor to ceiling windows across the front that let the light flood in. The place has a real seaside vibe to it, and with the open kitchen it really gives it that special something.
There’s also seating outside so great for the warmer months, or for people who just want to watch the world go by.
The menus are clearly displayed on blackboards above the counter with a separate specials board.
All the cakes and pastries are displayed on the counter and look thoroughly appetising. Although most of their dishes are made from scratch on-site.
Harry and his team also believe in supporting other small artisan suppliers, who specialise in their own produce such as cakes, scotch eggs and teas and coffees and so wherever they can they like to use and support these small and like minded businesses.
The cafe was ¾ full the whole time we were there, and you could tell that they were all locals who were familiar to the place, somewhere they knew they’d feel welcome and could catch up with their friends over a coffee and pastry. It gave it a wonderful feel and with the gentle tunes of the Air, Moon Safari album playing in the background, the place had a real vibe to it.
Spoilt For Choice
The menu isn’t the biggest, but that didn’t matter – every dish sounded stunning and we were both spoilt for choice.
After ordering our drinks (a hot chocolate for me and an Americano for my friend), we decided upon our food. I decided to try the Toasted Muffin, poached egg, hollandaise and wilted spinach (£7.00), and my companion decided upon the Veggie brunch: Spinach, avocado, thyme mushrooms, tomatoes, home-made baked beans, poached eggs and toast (£8.95). We were told that they had some fresh local asparagus in at the moment and that we could add it to any dish we wanted, and so my companion added it to her order (she is eating for two after all!).
Before the food arrived we were presented with a small glass of fresh Pineapple, coconut and lime to refresh us – delicious and such a lovely touch.
The dishes when they arrived looked incredible, and we knew instantly that we were not going to be wanting anymore food for the rest of the day.
The plates were big and everything looked so fresh.
My Eggs Florentine was divine. The eggs were cooked the way that poached eggs should be – there’s just something about the way the yoke runs across the plate when you first cut into them! There was so much spinach, I think its certain to say that i’ve had my iron quoter for the week. It was cooked just right, something that a lot of places struggle with, and still had a crunch to it when eaten. The hollandaise was not overpowering and complemented the other items on the plate, whilst the toasted muffins worked beautifully in soaking up all that lovely yoke and gave the dish real sustenance.
My companion’s Veggie brunch was out f this world! The plate was huge, full of colour and looked delicious. Luckily it didn’t disappoint. The thyme mushrooms were incredible – so full of flavour, and the home-made baked beans – using kidney, haricot and butter beans – really packed a punch!
Just these two items on toast would have been a dish in itself, but then there was the perfectly cooked spinach and poached egg accompanied by the avocado, which although was the only cold ingredient worked so well. The fresh local asparagus that was an added accompaniment was so delicious and once again cooked beautifully, with just enough crunch.
Both dishes were so hearty and flavoursome, I have to admit there was a lot of silence between us whilst we enjoyed and appreciated the wonderful dishes that were in front of us.
Harry even took time out from the kitchen to come and chat to us, to make sure we were happy, and if there was anything he could get us. But as I said the dishes were incredible and didn’t need anything at all.
All in all, this visit was a huge success, and I would urge anyone that is near the Holland Road end of town to certainly pay Harry and his team a visit – it really is worth the trip.