The latest addition to the growing Daisy Green/Beany Green collective is a rather different beast from those which have gone before. Spread over two floors on the corner of the prodigious new Nova development near Victoria Station, Timmy Green takes the strengths of Daisy/Beany and builds on them. The original Daisy Green, plus the Paddington and Liverpool Street Beany Greens, gained a reputation for innovative brunch menus, but Timmy Green goes one better, turning this into a fully-fledged restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, complete with desserts, wine, beer and cocktails. And, of course, Roasting Party coffee.
The bulk of Timmy Green is downstairs, a triangular space providing restaurant-style table seating to the right and, in a tapering section to the left, cocktail tables and window-bars, plus a couple more intimate spaces. Upstairs, the mezzanine shares space with the kitchen as well as housing a few more tables.
There’s a large outdoor seating area in front of Timmy Green, with a narrower strip down the right-hand side. If all you want is coffee, a barrow with a bright yellow La Marzocco serves takeaway from half-an-hour before opening until three in the afternoon from its spot just left of door.
August 2017: I went back to Timmy Green for dinner to discover a few minor layout/seating changes. Don’t forget to check out what I made of the experience.
You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.
On the corner of Buckingham Palace Road and Bressenden Place, Timmy Green occupies both levels of the ground floor at the northern end of the Nova development. Flats soar for another eight storeys above, but in an interesting feature, the northeast corner is cut off at 45⁰, making Timmy Green a triangle. However, since the building above it is rectangular, there’s an overhang which provides a measure of shelter to the outdoor seating in front of Timmy Green.
Timmy Green’s two external walls are glass, making it a very bright spot. The first, on the right-hand side, runs down Buckingham Palace Road, while the other looks out across to Bressenden Place at an angle of 45⁰. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, with the front of Timmy Green well set back from the road. However, the Buckingham Palace Road side is in much closer proximity to both traffic and pedestrians.
The door’s in the middle of the sloping wall and, immediately you step inside, the front of house staff greet you and show you to a table. To the right, it’s a mix of two-person tables, with the occasional four-person one, while to the left, as Timmy Green narrows, there’s a long window-bar, with a row of four two-person cocktail tables behind it. Finally, in the far left-hand corner, a table with a pair of sofas makes the ideal hideaway spot.
The counter’s at the back, although it’s more bar to the left, with beer taps and well-stocked shelves. The coffee-side of the operation’s to the right, which is also where you’ll find the cakes. Beyond that, in the back corner, a set of stairs leads up to the mezzanine, which is also triangular-shaped, the kitchen at the back. This leaves an L-shaped space for seating, a handful of two-person tables populating each side of the L.
Normally I like my visits to be incognito, but as I walked in, I bumped into Katy Riddle, who handles Daisy Green’s PR, which rather blew my chances! I’d gone for lunch, wanting to sample the extensive new menu. I had the hot and healthy breakfast greens, an interesting twist whereby two poached eggs are served on a bed of steamed seasonal greens, halloumi soldiers on the side. The halloumi soldiers are just awesome, ideal for dipping in the egg yolks (although I’d also ordered a side of toast, made with Daisy Green’s famous activated-charcoal bread for that very purpose).
At Katy’s suggestion (instruction?) I also had the buttermilk blueberry pancakes, which were another unusual twist on an old classic and nothing short of amazing. I had two pancakes which were so thick that they looked like a stack of four! However, they were amazing, delightfully light and fluffy, each cooked in an individual, high-sided pan, giving them slightly crispy, almost waffle-like, edges.
For coffee, I’d already decided on my customary Roasting Party flat white when I spotted a V60 on the menu. Timmy Green, it turns out, uses the new Marco Beverage Systems SP9, only on the day of my visit, the SP9 was out-of-action for servicing! Instead, head barista Harry made my pour-over the old-fashioned away with his trusty kettle.
There’s a choice of four single-origins, Harry and I independently arriving at the Colombia La Esperanza Tolima. This was served in a carafe with a glass on the side and was a lovely, sweet, subtle coffee with citrus notes that held its own beautifully as it cooled. I’ve missed pour-overs in the Beany Green offering: they were served at Paddington back in the old days and it’s great to see their return!
|11 SIR SIMON MILTON SQUARE • LONDON • SW1E 5DJ|
|www.daisygreenfood.com||+44 (0) 20 3019 7404|
|Monday||08:00 – 23:00||Roaster||The Roasting Party (espresso + filter)|
|Tuesday||08:00 – 23:00||Seating||Tables, Window-Bars, Tables (outside)|
|Wednesday||08:00 – 23:00||Food||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cake|
|Thursday||08:00 – 23:00||Service||Table (Counter for takeaway coffee)|
|Friday||08:00 – 23:00||Cards||Amex, Mastercard, Visa|
|Saturday||08:00 – 23:00||Wifi||Free (with code)|
|Sunday||09:00 – 22:00||Power||Yes|
|Chain||Local||Visits||15th March 2017|
You can also see what I made of all the other branches of Beany Green that I’ve visited.
Disclaimer: Beany Green launched a bond in 2015 to fund future expansion. I invested in this bond, and, like all bond-holders, receive free coffee as a reward, plus the lunch I had at Timmy Green was also a bond-holder reward. My decision to write about Timmy Green was in no way influenced by my investment.
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