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Published August 29th 2015
The TRUTH about Gertrude & Mabel
A few weeks ago, on my way to West End I drove by a quaint sky blue and white café with the most delicious name, Gertrude and Mabel.
My brain is obsessed with playing word association on loop so I had the vision of two adorably proper grandmas sipping tea with fine china.
In my mind Gertrude and Mabel are best friends who like to wear Mother Hubbard muumuu dresses and straw hats. Oh and they never dare to venture outdoors without their string of pearls.
Old ladies and fine china usually leads to the promise of cake. Where there is tea and cake …typically there is good feed.
So you see, this café had me at Gertrude and Mabel.
On Sunday morning I wore my pearl earrings and drove to Dutton Park with a few friends to spend the morning at Gertrude and Mabel.
It's a busy little café owned and run by Danielle Diacos and Nathan Young who opened the doors in May 2014
My friends and I enjoyed a coffee outside while we waited for a table.
The waitress skilfully brought out our topped-to-the-brim Two Seasons Coffees with a small bowl of sugar cubes. Sugar cubes that forced me to decide right there and then what kind of person I was…white sugar or brown? Bad or not so bad?
Inside the café is a sun filled white wash shabby chic space.
Fine china, chandeliers mixed with sweet garden flowers, glass jars and pretty cloth napkins.
I can see myself on a few solo missions with a good book in search of coffee in the very near future.
The menu is small but quite adequate, something for everyone.
Hope they've crockery, as I will NOT eat off wooden 'plates', for hygiene reasons.
Will phone ahead to check.
I lived two blocks back from there, as a child, so know area extremely well.
Still attend Highgate Hill Dental Surgery!