|Birdhouse, Battersea SW11|
So it's not surprising that south-westerly cafe lovers have fallen hard for Birdhouse. You can't miss this charming cafe on St Johns Hill between Battersea and Wandsworth - just look for the canary yellow sign...
|Birdhouse, St John's Hill SW11|
|Birdhouse - lots of cheering yellow|
We grabbed some stools around a tall dark-wood table at the back of the room and a smiley waitress brought over a brown medicine bottle of tap water. The menu was split 50:50 between breakfasts: homemade granola, banana bread, baked eggs with chorizo and mushroom; and bocaditos - small Spanish-style sandwiches served here in army mess tins lined with greaseproof paper.
|Cinnamon French toast with vanilla apple compote|
My cinnamon French toast was a hefty serve - two thick slices of toast blanketed with icing sugar and served with a tangy vanilla apple compote. J and E both made the right kind of mmm sounds as they tucked into their bocaditos - serrano ham, oven roasted tomato and Iberico cheese for J, and marinated pork loin for E. I swiped both sarnies for a quick bite (purely for Cafe of the Week research purposes) and both were delicious.
The coffee is from Climpsons and Sons in east London - flat whites and a long black with Bonsoy were all excellent - strong enough to blast away the cobwebs but without a hint of bitterness. The queue for takeaway coffees was about 10-deep at one point, and this was Sunday lunchtime, not prime latte-to-go time. Clearly word has spread about Birdhouse - if you're anywhere in south West London and in need of a coffee fix, it's worth making a special trip to this excellent little cafe.