One of my favourite places in Soho is the coffee house Foxcroft & Ginger. The rugged deco reminds me of those student days where I had all the time in the world and no hurry to go anywhere, especially in the morning. This may not apply to everyone as I did bunk a lot of classes compared to most! The deliberate effort to make all the furnitures old and rugged has themed the coffee house like a student common room, comfortable and private to those know its existence. Coffees are brewed using the finest coffee beans from Monmouth, who produces and supplies to some of the best coffees in London. The talented baristas create some of the most beautiful latte art in London, certainly beyond the classic heart shape.
Although it’s located in the compact Soho, Foxcroft & Ginger actually has a decent space including a ground floor for displaying all the mouthwatering sandwiches and cakes, and a lower ground floor for customers to lazily indulge on these.
Heading downstairs, the colourful graffiti hint that extra casualness is about to come. It certainly felt like I was about to enter an underground club.
I wondered whether it’ll be comfortable sitting around those Pommel horses. Instead, I’ve always settled at the comfortable couch nearby, which has a bigger table to place my cakes and coffee.
Don’t get scared of this place because this rugged chair, it fitted into the room perfectly without looking cheap or broken.
Victoria sponge cake
The petite size made this sponge very cute and the clotted cream inside looked irrestiable. Taste wise, the sponge was soft and airy with that has to be good mix of clotted cream and jam. It was a great afternoon snack with my flat white.
The tart wasn’t as good as the victoria sponge cake. It wasn’t sweet enough however the texture crumbled perfectly.
I’ve been on a hunt for the perfect flat white in London. So far, top three are Monmouth, Sacred Cafe and Foxcroft & Ginger (not in order). Depending on your definition of the perfect coffee, your ranking may be different to mine. I personally prefer it to be stronger, hence my pick on flat white, which has two shots of espresso with only a small amount of milk foam. This flat white had a perfectly frothed milk in order for that airy yet creamy foam to be used, it balanced the intensely strong espresso shots made from Monmouth coffee beans. The latte art depends on your barista, I nearly always had a different design. The most impressive one was a heart above a boat. Yes a boat! I have no idea how it was made. Like magic dust, I’ve never seen it again, including here.