Move over Chelsea, it’s Fulham’s turn to play. Boys’n’Berry is restaurant, cafe and bar just a five minute stroll from Parsons Green station and serves wholesome, health-conscious food with a simple philosophy – to care.
They opened their doors to the public back in December, though last week hosted an official launch party and invited me along to sip on mouthwatering house cocktails, gaze lustfully at the gorgeous interior, and take toilet selfies (oh I guess that probably wasn’t the intention, never mind…)
The upstairs is small but incredibly trendy with a large exposed brick feature wall, copper hanging pendant lamps and an impressive bar of quirky looking spirits; I spy ‘quinoa vodka’ and am instantly intrigued. The bar staff are incredibly friendly and it doesn’t take long before Pierre is reeling off the five adventurous cocktails they’ve designed especially to celebrate the launch. We try four, bar the one containing tequila because it is a Thursday after all. Each recipe requires some impressive circus-esque act that quickly has me live instagramming blow-torches and fire pouring to rival Mama’s Christmas Day pud; a real high point is the creme brûlée cocktail complete with a burnt sugar layer on the top. Are they just showing off because it’s a party? I don’t think so. Pierre explains how each of the signature cocktails on their bar menu contains and celebrates a different superfood; that organic quinoa voddie I spied earlier is the key to a ‘Garden Breeze’, which also contains elderflower and pink Himalayan sea salt and in the ‘Yuzu Collins’ the edge is taken off of a Beefeater Gin with bee pollen syrup. Others make use of their divine array of fresh juices so that you can enjoy a tipple and one of your 5 a day!
Downstairs there are comfy looking sofas and another equally swish looking bar; I imagine this is the kind of place that you begin at on your bar crawl and accidentally don’t end up ever moving on from. An in house DJ plays songs that are actually good – there’s none of that too-cool-for-school head bobbing malarky, just a cool playlist that makes everyone want to get up and dance and genuinely enjoy themselves.
I bump into a premiership rugby player who tells me that it’s now his go-to for coffee so you can visit safe in the knowledge that you’ll be enjoying something tall, dark and handsome. An Americano of course. I had a little peak at their food menus which are positively bursting with colour and freshness; ‘sourdough bread with peanut butter, grilled banana, flaxseed and cocoa nibs’ get in my belly. I think I’ve found my new brunch spot. The lunch and dinner menu harvested the same focus on wholesome, natural ingredients; particular favourites include spicy chicken with black rice and spinach, squash salad with rocket, avocado and sun-dried cherry tomatoes and the various meat, vegetarian, fish and cheese platters. I’ll take one of each please.
If you’re looking for somewhere to drink coffee and get down and dirty with your Monday morning to-do list, this is it. If you’re looking for somewhere to natter with friends over pancakes and fresh juice on a Sunday morning, this is it. If you’re looking for somewhere to kick start your Friday night; this is it. Boys’n’Berry has pretty much every avenue covered and with a totally instagrammable interior to boot, what’s not to love?
839 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5HQ; Mon & Sun 8:00-18:00, Tues-Sat 8:00-23:00