Last Week the Handbook went deep into the heart of Soho to Damson and Co, a newly opened Deli and Bakery on Brewer street. Almost like a “room of requirement”, this great new venue seems to be the answer to every trendy Londoner’s prayers – a winner for breakfast, coffee, lunch, drinks… or anything!
Come morning or evening, Damson & Co’s cool rustic interior creates a relaxing environment to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets. In line with current vogues; this eco-friendly establishment loves its locally sourced ingredients in celebration of all things British.
The service was excellent throughout the evening and friendly suggestions were on hand to help us navigate the menu (because we wanted everything!). This was particularly tricky when turning to the drink’s list with an impressive range of quality British wines – an alien concept to most of us who are far more accustomed to the French grape.
For the early birds, Damson and Co’s breakfasts are something to leap out of bed for with eggs of all varieties, breakfast muffins, granola and and blended “nutty pear” and berry smoothies. Fresh British coffee is delivered in store by bicycle by East London’s Ozone Coffee Roasters whilst the tea’s by Tregothnan, the UK’s only tea farm are a great excuse to try some of the counter’s moist cakes.
In the evening, it seems Damson and Co is still an undiscovered gem and we almost had the place to ourselves. We began with two Billingsgate market oysters a perfect light summer snack or starter. For main, we ordered a selection of plates to share – this could be a contemporary British take on tapas we thought. Steamed broccoli with asparagus and heritage tomato salad are amongst the many vegetable offerings.
The extensive range of charcuterie and cheeses highlight the very best of British produce from the expected bresolas, cured hams, cheddars and bries to the undiscovered air dried venison and mutton, goose salamis and Kent Cobnut saucisson- Damson and co is the perfect place to revamp your home’s charcuterie or cheese board.
We opted for the chef’s pick – Oxspring air dried ham, wild boar chorizo, buffalo blue cheese and my new favourite the “Sharrock bomb” soft cheese served with chutneys and toasted flat breads. It is safe to say cheese will NEVER be the same again.
The charming manager decided we could not leave without the kitchen’s most prized dish- their ceviche. The sea bass with garlic leaf, lemon, horseradish and cider vinegar was a flavour explosion whilst the Gurnard ceviche with lime and Indian spices was a citrusy treat. And things will only get better as we were told the recipes are still being adapted and nurtured each day.
No British venue is complete without the quintessential Gin and tonic, and Damson and Co have nine takes to choose from. Amongst others the Portabello Road gin with grapefruit to and the Cream gin with lemon were highlights. Along with the British wines, beers, ciders, Pimms (obviously) a selection of English Royals makes Damson and Co a summer drinking hotspot.
So Damson and Co is exactly what Soho needs- a welcome injection of British food and drink in a casual, eco-friendly environment at an extremely reasonable price. What better way to celebrate the late Royal arrival than with a chilled glass (or two) of great British vino!