*PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT SURE IF THIS CAFE IS STILL OPEN!* – 10/08/2016
2015 is looking to be a good year for coeliacs and gluten free dieters in London. First the opening of an entirely gluten free bakery in Central London, and now a brand spanking new gluten free cafe in Camden. The Little House Kitchen is a pop-up collaboration with artist group We Make London, and will be (for the next few months, possibly longer) an artist-led gallery-cafe serving up hot Monmouth coffee and gluten free cakes and snacks inbetween the artworks.
As an arts and crafts-loving coeliac, I am immediately on board with this.
I attended their launch party, a nice low key gathering of family and friends of the ladies behind the venture, and a few gluten free blogger types like myself. The event was sponsored by Estrella Damm, which was extra nice as that = free gluten free Daura beer!
I spent a while chatting with Sarah, the lady behind the gluten free cafe arm of the project, who also runs the Louisiana Chilli Shack in Camden Lock Market (gluten and dairy free British-American fusion food). It was very interesting to hear from someone active in the gluten free food industry and learn about some of the hurdles caterers face when cooking for coeliacs (apparently there is not a ready-chopped sweet potato in existence that doesn’t contain gluten – who knew?). It was also inspiring to hear a success story from someone who quit her 9 to 5 job to run a successful gluten free business. IT CAN BE DONE.
The cafe is a little off the main drag of touristy Camden, and part of the ongoing Gospel Oak regeneration project. The nearest stations are Chalk Farm and Kentish Town West stations, but it’s also only a 10-15 minute walk from Camden Town.
My boyfriend and I sampled several of their chocolate and vanilla cupcakes purely in the name of research, and found them to be decent, if a tiny bit sweet for my taste. According to D, they were almost indistinguishable from ‘normal’ ones. There wasn’t any of their savoury food available to try, but considering Sarah’s background with the Chilli Shack, it sounds promising. They are starting off serving gluten free sandwiches and cakes, but were talking about possibly introducing gluten free quiches, tarts or pastries, depending on what is popular.
Coffee fans take note: The Little House Kitchen will also be serving Monmouth Coffee. I don’t drink coffee, but apparently this is THE BEST. Posh teas, too.
Cute stuff, at the moment it seems to be mostly London-influenced illustrations and gifts, but the collection will be changing regularly.
I only got a quick look at their menu blackboard, but tea, coffee and cake prices appeared to be around the London average, i.e. not particularly cheap but you should be able to get a drink and a cake for around a fiver.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I’d like to visit on a normal day before giving a hearty recc, but from what I saw at the launch, The Little House Kitchen is certainly one to watch. If you are in Camden anyway (perhaps to sample the gluten free goods at Honest Burger or Cookies and Scream) then why not drop in and support a gluten free start up? Given that it’s a pop up and at time of writing opening hours and menu are subject to change, I would recommend checking these on Twitter or the phone before visiting. I am looking forward to seeing how their collaboration goes and hope that gluten free cafes (and gallery-cafes) become a more common thing.