You can hardly go 100 yards without seeing a chain coffee shop selling the same old mochas and cinnamon swirls in London. So you can understand why we got so excited at Aesthetic house when we found a little gem tucked away near Covent Garden.
After passing The Fleet River Bakery most lunchtimes following a wander into Covent Garden, we noticed there was, every time without fail, a massive queue out of the door. If Londoners are prepared to queue in the cold and the rain for a sarnie then the bakery must be something to shout about. So when we had a cheeky half a day off, we took it upon oursleves to investigate and see if it was worth the hype.
We popped along after 2pm to beat the lunch time rush but unfortunately it turned out to be a schoolboy error as the goats cheese toasted sandwich was sold out. After lots of disappointing sighing, we opted for a delicious avocado, pesto, brie, tomato and basil sandwich. It was humungous, so big we had to cut it into thirds using a knife and fork before we could eat it. The filling was generous and it all went together fantastically. We were a bit skeptical of the inclusion of avocado but it really upped the sandwich’s game. The brie was brilliantly creamy and the pesto stopped it from being too dry. It would have been rude not to sample the cake delights on offer so we finished our lunch with a doorstop wedge of tasty carrot cake.
The whole lunch date came to just under 10 English pounds including a drink which wasn’t too shabby. It’s a bit too expensive to make it a regular occurrence but it makes a lovely payday lunch treat. The portions certainly prove good value for money and it makes a great location to have a gossip with friends after a hard days shopping in Covent Garden.
The Fleet River Bakery, 71 Lincolns Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3JF.
Sophie Warner is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who constantly thinks about various ways to stuff her face. As the health and lifestyle editor of Aesthetic she thrives on finding healthier alternatives to her favourite meals, filling her bedroom with vintage junk and exploring the delights of London Town. You can find her Tweeting at @sophiesophuk.