The Retreat Kitchen has been on my “must visit” list since it opened its doors in February 2017. Just after its first birthday, I finally made it there. It was worth the wait.
With an entirely plant-based menu, this friendly cafe in south-west London’s Richmond, is the perfect little place to grab brunch, lunch, or vegan coffee and cake. The daily selection of home-made cakes and sweet treats all look divine.
As I waited for my friend to join me, I ordered an oat milk latte (recommended by the barista over my usual almond milk) and a mini cinnamon swirl. Given we were meeting for brunch, the pastry was entirely unnecessary but it was too adorable to resist.
Once my friend arrived, we grabbed some juices to start – Orchard Apple & Ginger for my friend and Strawberry, Apple, Lemon & Mint for me. Admittedly, I didn’t read the menu properly and assumed these would be freshly squeezed juices. So when the bottles of PRESS arrived, they seemed a little overpriced at £4 each. Thank goodness they were delicious!
When it came to ordering meals, the choice was ridiculously difficult! Chickpea omelettes, breakfast muffins, smashed avocado toast (obviously), sausage sandwiches, berry pancakes… it all sounded a-maz-ing.
After much deliberation, I ended up going for the Tofu Breakfast Wrap with a side of avocado. The wrap was filled with scrambled tofu, sautéed potato slices, baby spinach and chipotle chilli flakes. It was seriously good with just the right amount of bite.
I expected the avocado side to just be some sliced avocado but it was actually more like home-made guacamole. So, so good and perfect with the spicy wrap.
My friend decided on the Brunch Plate, which looked equally tasty with scrambled tofu, smokey beans, a hash brown, vegan sausage, grilled tomato, and sourdough bread.
At £9 per meal, it wasn’t exactly cheap but it was so worth it for decent servings of delicious and largely home-made food. Plus, it is Richmond we’re talking so it was never going to be a complete bargain.
After my wrap, juice, coffee and cheeky cinnamon swirl, I practically rolled out of there. If only I’d saved room for cake…
Have you been to The Retreat Kitchen? What did you think?