A little cafe-cum-deli in leafy Barnsbury, Pistachio & Pickle is as charming as its name. While small, it boasts an impressive cheese counter, shelves stacked with a colourful assortment of jars, boxes and exotic teabags, a tasty array of cakes and pastries, and a gigantic coffee machine...
Oh...and it does a mean brunch too.
The brunch menu - handwritten on brown paper and pinned to the wall (oooh, arty) - features all the classics:
On this occasion, my boyfriend and I both opted for the full English, which didn't disappoint.
Bacon, eggs, beans and buttered toast, sausages - succulent inside their crisp glossy casings (not usually a sausage fan, I tend to leave them abandoned at the edge of my plate...but these were very tasty), and a meaty mushroom.
Home-made ketchup and brown sauce was another impressive touch (although, pleb that I am, I missed my Heinz!)
The owners were lovely: chatty, friendly, and very accommodating of the boisterous puppy we were babysitting that day. We sat outside in the cosy patio garden - a peaceful little sun-trap at the back of the cafe and were served by a lovely waitress, who fussed over the dog and didn't complain when he got under her feet.
We will definitely visit again - with or without a dog. I'm keen to try a cup of their Monmouth Company coffee with a pastry, or maybe pick up some cheese and pickles!