At the start of this year we brought you a review of the Upsy Daisy Bakery café in King Street, Hammersmith. This place was a firm favourite with many local mums mainly because you could enjoy a decent coffee and keep the kids happy at the same time (they had a great kids’ menu and toy shelf). Well, since then it’s had a re-furb and a re-brand and is now known as Stamford Larder. Thankfully, it is still owned by National Cupcake Champion Emily Johnson, so while the look and feel of the café may be different (I love the mint green and the typography), it has maintained its warm, friendly vibe and, most importantly, there are still plenty of delicious cupcakes on offer.
Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, the menu suits all tastes, and wherever possible organic, local, seasonal ingredients are used. Breakfast options include eggs ‘your way’, smashed avocado on toast, sweetcorn fritters and ricotta pancakes; for lunch there is always a huge spread of healthy salads on offer, as well as sandwiches and soup. If you fancy something a little stronger than a sparkling mineral water with your lunch, you’ll be pleased to hear that Stamford Larder is fully licensed and serves organic red and white wine as well as organic beer and prosecco. Tempting.
Their famed cupcakes, which change on a daily basis, make for a delicious treat. Favourites include Salted Caramel, Classic Vanilla, Milk & Cookies and Chocolate Chocolate. They also provide cupcake boxes so you can buy them by the dozen or half dozen (or singles actually) and take them away. Cupcakes can also be ordered online and include Emily’s trademark ‘Cuptails’, which are ‘cupcake cocktails’. Flavours include Piña Colada—a rum and pineapple cupcake filled with pineapple lime curd and topped with coconut ganache and toasted coconut—and her award-winning Mojito—a sticky rum cake filled with homemade lime curd and topped with fresh mint buttercream, a brown sugar crust and a candied mint leaf. Delicious! Emily also makes a wide range of bespoke cakes for birthdays and any other celebrations you might have coming up, including weddings.
While there may no longer be a toy shelf, children are still very much welcome and the fish finger sandwich or cheese on toast should keep them happy, together with a ‘Morning Mix’ or ‘Sunshine’ smoothie.
Opening times are Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm. For more info check out Stamford Larder’s website or follow along on Instagram and Twitter.