Last month I was invited to Foxcroft & Ginger in Whitechapel, London for an evening meal. Foxcroft & Ginger is a husband and wife team owned by Quintin and Georgina. They met whilst working in restaurants together and were united by their love for food and drink. The concept is simple - a relaxed all day dining spot where there's no pressure to spend a fortune or to move on quickly. The menu is also simple with locally sourced ingredients and house baked goods. Their specialty is their bread, sourdough pizzas and cruffins. They have 3 branches - Soho, Whitechapel and Dalston.
View from the top of the stairs inside the restaurant so the main door is to the left of the picture
The interior has a very modern, post industrial look. It has stripped back walls with pipes and ducts visible. It was a very hot day when we visited but there were fans going and it felt quite cool due to the high ceilings and minimal furnishings. We each had a pizza which is made from their own sourdough base. The base is light and crisp and the sourdough makes it tastes even better. I recently had a pizza at Franco Manca which is supposed to be the best sourdough pizzas in town but I think Foxcroft & Ginger can give them a run for their money! The menu is not extensive which I like and the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. I had the smoked streaky bacon, mozzarella, artichoke and tomato sauce pizza and J had the house made sausage, red pepper, onion jam and smoked mozzarella pizza. The pizzas were absolutely delicious. They were a good size with just the right amount of toppings and they were very filling. They are also reasonably priced at £9 each. The pizzas are all between £7-9 each. Personally, I preferred the tomato base pizza (my pizza) but they were both good.
A visit would not be complete without trying something from their house baked bakery section. It was really difficult to make a choice as everything looked good. I particularly liked the look of the carrot cake, chocolate truffle brownie and muffins. However, I felt I had to try their cruffin which is their very own croissant/muffin hybrid. It's a croissant pastry baked in a muffin tray and has different flavours. I tried the salted caramel flavour. J chose a mini Victoria sponge as that's his favourite cake.
I really enjoyed the cruffin. It had soft, flaky pastry which was also spongey in the middle and had hits of salted caramel. The Victoria Sponge was a little on the dry side but it was the end of the day and it was the hottest day of the year. I would definitely go back to try some of their other baked goods and the brunch which looks particularly good. Service was friendly, attentive and efficient without being too obtrusive. Overall a very enjoyable evening out with good food and a pleasant atmosphere.
Disclaimer: I was offered a meal, drink and pastry for 2 in exchange for a review on my blog. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.