This place is right by our office and keep meaning to go – you might just have persuaded me… And you’re right about dairy-free. Where’s good for vegan snacks in central London?
3A Beeches Avenue, London SM5 3LB
“Bailey’s Deli is an Artisan Delicatessen and Coffee Shop based in Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. Opened recently Bailey’s modern shop boasts a delicatessen counter with a wide range of International Cheeses, Charcuterie, Antipasti and Olives. As...” more...
1 review of 114 in English
Occupying the former site of Travellers Knock-Off Luggage, a neat little place that sold off last year’s Samsonite and Delsey at discount rates, the modestly named 114 has swept the space off its polypropylene-clad feet to an almost unimaginable level of style and grace. Huge windows, simple wooden furniture, fresh food cooled on ice (fridges would, no doubt, spoil the look), and such little post-modern touches as treacle tins on every table and vintage spoons to serve the sugar within.
Coffee is good. No frills, no thrills – none of your hazelnut vanilla skinny chail latte (I don’t think I’d have the front to ask for one). Just 8oz of very good coffee, served in a Duralex glass as it was in the 50s (this little gem courtesy of my mother). In a word, Anti-Starbucks. Food looked pretty good, although sadly for me, no vegan dessert, cake or biscuit to satisfy my craving for one. (Is this really, really asking much, in 21st Century central London – a crumb of dairy-free deliciousness to accompany a cup of coffee? Maybe.) Otherwise, cakes sandwiches and salads (at a decent£4.50) looked very inviting. So that was the fifth star, gone. Otherwise, lovely. Go with a date, or hang out and flirt. It’s not in the classiest part of town, but maybe the neighbours will take note and raise their game accordingly.
sarahdrinkwater, 4 August 2011:
totallygone.com, 4 August 2011:
Glad to be of help – if I worked close to 114 I’d end up working from there, I’m sure. And with no edible temptation, I’d stay slim too.
Five months into my vegan diet and I’m finding good meals in unexpected places; currently at Heathrow lunching on couscous at Carluccio’s, which at around £5 for a fairly generous serving (300g) is good value.
Does the newish Waitrose on TCR stock any decent dairy and meat-free fast food?
sarahdrinkwater, 5 August 2011:
Yes, it does – I guess any fancy supermarket working in medialand knows it has to supply a healthy dose of organic/specialist/vegan foodstuffs!
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