Guest Blog: Sunny Day, London

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It is a fact universally acknowledge that the best way to start a Sunny Sunday in London is undoubtedly with a giant stack of pancakes, preferably with a side of bacon and an extra generous smoothering of maple syrup. As this weekend was extra sunny, it only seemed right to visit My Old Dutch.  It’s one of  my favourite pancake haunts, as they offer a huge selection of savoury and sweet pancakes, and is conveniently located a short walk from my house, on Kensington Church Street, less than 5 minutes from High Street Kensington tube station. The interior is really light, bright and fun making it the ideal spot for a sunny Sunday morning in the city.

I opted for the classic brunch combination; butterscotch stack with bacon, scrambled eggs and maple syrup but my date was a little more adventurous than me, and opted for The Hawaiian (a giant crepe with ham, cheese and pineapple topping). The portion sizes are absolutely HUGE and the pancakes are soooo tasty, my bacon and eggs were cooked to perfection and the American-style butterscotch pancakes were light and fluffy. Although the Hawaiian crepe pancake didn’t appeal to me, I was assured it was equally tasty and filling (despite our massive appetites we couldn’t quite clean our plates).
If you’re not into pancakes, they also offer a selection of traditional Dutch starters and desserts, they also offer gluten free pancakes so there is something for everyone. Whenever I have been its always relatively quiet and service is really quick, which is ideal because you get serious food envy of neighbouring tables. 
I have heard it gets busier on Mondays as they have a special offer on all their sweet and savoury pancakes are £5, which is a brilliant excuse to have two servings. They also do pretty yummy milkshakes (you can see above), though I found the pancakes were sweet enough on their own without the addition of an shake, but if you have a particularly sweet tooth they have a great selection including Kinder Bueno, Oreo and Snickers.
Feeling considerably heavier than when we went in, we decided to make the most of the uncharacteristically summery day and walk off some of our brunch. We decided to drift away from the busy high street and meander through the quieter back streets of Kensington. It is easy to forget how green London is, when you get off the main streets you open into huge green squares full of blossom and flowers that you can get lost in. It’s easy to forget just how beautiful the city is, especially when the sun is shining.
After a few hours of wondering and taking an excessive amount of photos of blossom, we headed to back to the high street and make a pit stop at Wholefoods to grab some snacks to fuel our afternoon lounging in the park. We accidentally made the best discovery of 2015, Pomamole or Pomegranate Guacamole, which went down a treat with a packet of corn-chips (be warned, once you go Pomamole…you never go back!) We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sun in Kensington Garden, which is the perfect spot for people (and pug) watching.
 
By the time the temperature cooled and the clouds started to thicken, we head eaten all of our snacks and were ready to go home. This was one of my favourite weekends of the year so far, and it the weatherman has it right we have another 3 months of sunshine to look forward to!

Thank you so much to Ruby from West Fourteen for her post! Ruby writes a fantastic blog about London living, food and lifestyle – it really is a great read. I think my favourite post of hers is when she went to the ballet (mainly as I’m so jealous as I’d love to go!). So for all things London and food, Ruby is a great little corner of the internet to read!

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  • Always forget how delicious (AND HUGE) the pancakes are at My Old Dutch! I work across from one, but seem to have only managed to stop by once … sigh. Must go more often! For breakfast!

  • OLD DUTCH HAVE GF PANCAKES!?!? *grabs coat…*

  • I've NEVER been to one! I need to… eeek!

  • RUN EMMA GO NOW!! xx

  • When I see 'sunny' and 'London' in the same sentence I just HAVE to read it. Gorgeous photos! Spring in London is probably one of the best seasons of the year. I'm not such a fan of My Old Dutch myself, but that's because I'm Dutch and critical haha!

  • Great photos aren't they? I love all of Ruby's photos! Definitely agree with you about Spring in London – it's gorgeous! hahah that's legitimate! xx