There is always the danger of becoming a real couch potato once the clocks go back and the weather turns. Eyes glued to the newest Netflix series and thumbs glued to the takeaway’s number is often how many of our Novembers pass. Yet in the words of the famous ‘anonymous’ – ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’. That’s right, embrace your inner potato and with the help of this marvellous mash-up list, go treat yourself to a good old jacket (the kind that will really keep you warm this winter – ‘coat’ potato doesn’t have quite the same ring to it).
1. The Potato Project, Soho
These guys are just tiny tater-tots, having opened up their baked potato cafe last week in Noel Street. Following the success of the roast potato pop-up, The Potato Project has a completely potato themed menu (except for breakfast where granola and smoked salmon on rye are on offer), including dessert where a sweet potato cheesecake is the main star. The tater toppings are split into two categories: ‘a twist on the classic’ (think tuna mayonnaise with roast corn and pickled red onion), and ‘something a little different’ (we’re talking beetroot relish with horseradish and stracciatella or raclette cheese with roasted artichokes). And if that wasn’t enough, there is a all-day breakfast spud! Spud? More like STUD!
27 Noel Street, W1F 8GZ
2. Square Pie, Spitalfields
Using only fresh potatoes that are rubbed in a little olive oil and sea salt before being baked in a dedicated oven, Square Pie offers some of the tastiest spuds in the city. And don’t let the emphasis upon ‘pies’ mislead you – they put the same care into their toppings as they do into their fillings…and that’s a fact!
Old Spitalfields Market, 105c Commercial Street, E1 6BG
3. Mercer Kitchen, St Pauls
Not baked potato specific, but the Mercer Kitchen is probably one of the most reasonably priced, independently run central London cafes…and their spuds are pretty darn good too! Without the frills, and without the bills, this is a great place for a cheap and cheerful eat!3 St Andrews Hill, Blackfriars, EC4V 5BY
4. Posini’s, Soho
Don’t let the Italian name fool you – the jacket potatoes at this place are quite literally spud heaven. While we know how disappointed Sir Walter Raleigh was when he discovered the potato instead of gold, we are pretty sure he would have been over the moon had he known what tastie taties they could be transformed into like the one’s in Posini’s. Sorry Walt, you’ve missed out again.
29 Poland St, W1F 8QR
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