If you haven't heard of the Hemsley girls they are two sisters, two extremely beautiful sisters, who create delicious recipes full of flavour and goodness but that are free from gluten, grains and refined sugar. They passionately believe in the nourishing power of real food and that eating well should be easy, affordable and enjoyable for everyone. They are known for love of spiraziling veg and have recently starred in a series for Channel 4.
I have the recipe for this Buckwheat Porridge (and it's also online here) in my Hemsley book but because I've been so faithful to traditional porridge making I had yet to stray from my breakfast routine, but actually tasting this in real life definitely made me change my mind. I think that's partly why the cafe is such a fabulous idea! Some of the recipes are so unusual and quirky so it's nice to test things before you buy special ingredients in. Moreover to me buckwheat is something I would use to make pancakes or in casseroles so I had no idea you could make something like porridge with it!
As for the price, this set me back £5 and I think that's okay as it's Selfridges and it's a lot more fancy than a large coffee chain, for instance. The cafe has a lovely quiet setting on the Body Studio, you have a waiter, somewhere nice to sit. As for a drink, I had a jasmine green tea because I'm not terribly adventurous when it comes to my beverages and I love green tea for breakfast. On each table was a little bit of coconut sugar which was a lovely touch and perfect if you are trying to cut down! After my breakfast I couldn't leave without a sweet treat so I had an amazing cookie which was dairy free thankfully and beyond moorish. Overall it was a fabulous experience and I hope very much to return in the future to make my way through their other delicious recipes and also maybe try a spot of lunch or something.
How many of you love the Hemsley girls too? And has anyone been to the cafe at Selfridges? Let me know below I'd love to hear from you! If you like what you see but you're not in London or from the UK I couldn't recommend their two cooking books more. Both are fantastic but the first one is super special to me. For more information about the new cafe head here.
Hemsley and Hemsley Cafe Details:
Monday – Saturday: 9:30am – 10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Telephone: 020 7318 3170
Selfridges & Co,
400 Oxford Street,
400 Oxford Street,
(5 minutes from Bond St tube station)