Meeting up with my friend and photographer Nyla Sammons for a chat about future projects on Easter Sunday meant choosing a place that was not going to be on the main tourist route of Covent Garden or Brick Lane which would surely be hysterically overcrowded. Instead we opted for The Elk in the Woods on Camden Passage in AngeL, which we'd both heard of but never actually tested ourselves!
After managing to negotiate my way down the cobbled street in both heels and rain spectacularly, I found myself a cosy window seat, which I guess was the next best thing to the seating that's available and popular in better climes.
Run by duo Astrid Skelly and Katy Rumm – the previous owners of the Chocolate Bar in Soho – the eatery is decked out in Western looking, Danish style décor, influenced by one of the owners Danish heritage. The space is airy with wooden tables and mirrors; and of course the famous Elk himself!
The somewhat meat heavy menu consists of all-day breakfast section, sandwiches and smalls. I opted for the veggie board which consisted of English goats cheese with beetroot carpaccio, drizzling’s of sorrel cream, an olive tapenade, hummus with smoked paprika, figs and a watercress salad with delicious ciabatta dippers. Upon the owner’s recommendation,
Nyla went for the Danish speciality hakkebof in beef gravy – a sort of gigantic meatball accompanied by roast bacon wrapped potatoes. All their produce is locally sourced and you can tell!
The restaurant has a rather long and imaginative cocktail list, and although we were tempted, after three days of Easter celebrations, we decided to go for healthy juice options and water.
It was leisurely feast, with just enough room for pudding at the end, which was certainly worth it, as I chose the spectacular homemade popcorn ice cream sandwich on brioche bread with salted caramel. My choice was certainly ambitious because the helping was enormous so it simply had to be followed by a teapot of real mint tea.
The service was friendly and fun and I know I will be back. However be warned that weekend brunches are so popular, so it really is worth booking unless you feel like waiting in a very long queue for your food!
Photography by Nyla Sammons www.nylasammons.com