Foxcroft & Ginger, Whitechapel – review


Foxcroft & Ginger opened their Soho branch in 2010, and recently opened a second cafe in Whitechapel. Erisea magazine went along to check out their new offering recently, and find out a bit more about Foxcroft & Ginger.

Quintin and Georgina who run F&G wanted to open a laid back dining spot where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or an evening pizza with coffee or wine, or simply pick up a loaf of sourdough bread or a cake from their bakery section.

Both their breads and pizza bases are made using sourdough, which doesn’t use yeast and makes for a more easily digestible loaf. We went to visit in the evening and so chose from their small menu of pizzas: one homemade sausage pizza and one pulled pork pizza. We also shared a bottle of red wine from their reasonably priced wine list.

For a Friday evening F&G was surprisingly quiet, so we had our choice of where to sit (they don’t take reservations currently). The staff were friendly and service was efficient, and so we were quickly able to tuck into our pizzas.

pizzaThe pizzas are inexpensive and a good size, and the toppings are generous, but we would have preferred more seasoning (and there was none on the table to add ourselves) and some herbs. The homemade sausage was our preferred topping. It’s a shame the menu is restricted to just pizzas in the evening as it would have been nice to have a salad to accompany our pizzas.

Foxcroft & Ginger certainly offers a laid back dining spot, and there were groups of people having Friday night drinks as well as a few individuals nursing their coffee cups and working on their laptops. We’d recommend it as a handy place to pop into for a coffee or quick bite to eat, but it’s not the place to go for a romantic meal out.

We were also very impressed to find out that they also donate all unsold bread and pastries from this branch to the Whitechapel Mission each day, making sure their food is given to those who need it and not into the bin. The Whitechapel Mission is volunteer led and has been helping Londoners help the homeless since 1876, by providing around 300 people per day with a cooked breakfast, showers, clean clothing, medical attention and toilet facilities.

Find out more about Foxcroft & Ginger on their website.

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