It’s the stuff of nightmares… You wake up one morning to find your favourite brunch spot (Hummingbird Cafe) closed down! Yes there are other brunch spots but this was within crawling distance of my house, had seating in the sun and the best selection of fresh, flavoursome food and drinks. **Update: please note that Proud Mary’s have sadly lost their outdoor seating license. However you can still enjoy their delicious brunch with the sliding doors thrown open in good weather.
Don’t panic! This beautiful antipodean style café still welcomes you onto Oaklands Grove with a new name and a new look. Introducing Proud Mary’s which opened its doors today!
Hummingbird Cafe closed for two weeks and emerged reinvented and refurbished. Proud Mary’s still retains the friendly, neighbourhood charm with some great new additions.
Firstly, they’ve created a mouth watering new menu, whilst keeping our old favourites – phew! I can barely contain my excitement that they’ve added delicious brunch cocktails for a very reasonable £6, such as the hangover crushing Espresso and Rye Old Fashioned. They’ve also added healthy house juice blends for those of you who are “never drinking again”…
Meeting the lovely owner, Lorraine, she explained that after nearly 7 years, it was time for a change to keep the cafe fresh. While it’s not yet finished, the resulting effect is bold, fun and creative – just what they set out to achieve! There are happy, bright yellow chairs outside sitting alongside freshly planted daisies, and the interior has had a new lick of paint and inspirational murals. There are more exciting changes to come such as removing a wall dividing the inside seating area, awnings and new furniture. The changes are not all cosmetic, Proud Mary’s leaflet explaining the refurb says, ‘sometimes a change is as good as a rest’ and you can certainly feel the renewed energy and focus on excellent service. They’ve definitely upped their game.
I spent all morning sitting in the sun with tea enjoying watching the constant flow of people passing through before opting for the ‘Smashed avocado, halloumi & dukkah’ which tasted as good as it looks!
I highly recommend supporting this local business and checking out Proud Mary’s! You won’t be disappointed. They also have two more noteworthy locations on Uxbridge Road – Habanera, which won ‘Mexican restaurant of the year’ in the 2015 LUKAS Latin UK Awards (the Baja style fish and sweet potato fries is everything), and the Hummingbird Deli which offers different freshly baked goodies, salads and gourmet sandwiches daily.
Pay them a visit at 1c Oaklands Grove, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 OJD
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