Heading to Beaconsfield and need a steer on a cool café? Tap just here, and watch me pull Fego out of the hat. I know, it's magic!
Despite its seriously-monied outskirts, Beaconsfield town centre is a thriving pocket of welcoming independents, providing local workers and residents with the sort of service and quality they expect. Fego is no exception, supplying insanely good brunches and coffee to the town.
Fego is renowned in Beaconsfield for its breakfasts and brunches, and quite right too. This stylish café super relaxed and roomy so you can spread out and take your time over your oat latte (exactly what you need if you’re still struggling to wake up). They also do a sterling trade for early lunches with young families, later lunches with couples and workers who want a glass of something with their salad. And from Tuesday to Saturday, they also offer a dinner menu with regular special events (the next is a Sri Lankan pop-up night on 21 September courtesy of Prema’s Kitchen). It’s basically the sort of place where you would spend half your wages in if you lived next door, in the manner of a New York sitcom.
From the outside, Fego has a Victorian neo-Tudor look with a few tables and chairs outside, but when I came to eat it was too blustery to enjoy the morning sunshine without the froth from my cappuccino flying onto the next table.
Once I walk in, I’m surprised even at 9am on Thursday morning to find it half full with new customers steadily streaming in. Along with young couples lounging, laptops are out and people are in serious discussions; it’s evidently a place for breakfast meetings. But why wouldn’t you? It’s a 100% better than a sterile, beige meeting room.
The décor is modern with a slightly Middle Eastern vibe with terracotta accents, wooden tables stained a light green and hessian monochrome wallpaper. Some 1950s Riviera-style easy listening comes onto the speakers and I can see how a clutch of Beaconsfield natives spend most of their days here, tapping away on their work projects.
SCOFF & QUAFF
On sitting down I’m presented with a carafe of cold cucumber and mint water, which is very welcome. I order a large latte (£3.10) to cope with my ingrained toddler tiredness and double down with a Wake Up juice (£4.95) – a spicy mix of carrot, apple, ginger and watermelon, both of which hit the mark pretty quickly.
I’m keen to try out Fego’s famous brunch so choose the Ranchero (£9.50), which involves two poached eggs, sauteed potatoes, chorizo, mushrooms, jalapenos, avocado, crispy onions and coriander yoghurt. It is unctuous and gorgeous and spicy and so substantial I won’t eat again until dinner. But there’s something else to try…
.. a Crunchy Nut Brioche French Toast (£9.50), which as the name suggests, is a hefty slice of brioche covered with tiny shards of crunchy nuts. And a banana. And blueberries and strawberries. And a pool of Nutella. And some maple syrup. It’s bigger than my face. I get a third of the way through and realise I may fall over if I carry on.
OUT & ABOUT
It’s next to the train station and opposite the war memorial park so ideal for commuters picking up a coffee and croissant before the 40-minute London trek. But if you want to make a morning out of it, you are well placed to browse the new town shops, including Space NK and Sweaty Betty. The Old Town boutiques are a 20 minutes stroll south. If you have kids in tow, Bekonscot Model Village is just outside the town, and Chiltern Open Air Museum is 20 minutes away.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good For: Just about everyone depending on the time of day. You could sit with your girlfriends quite happily for an after-work glass of wine/dinner and equally do a good two-hour stint of work pre-lunch accompanied with a steady supply of coffee and fresh pastries – cookies are cooked on-site every day. Children are very welcome (illustrated by the wealth of high chairs) and it’s a hotspot for mums bringing their kids for after-school milkshakes and pancakes.
Not For: The food quality is beautiful and the service is quick and friendly but this is not formal dining. Don’t come on the evening expecting a sommelier on hand.
£££: Perfectly reasonable considering what’s on offer. An Americano starts at £2.35 and a Peach Bellini is £7. A Full English is £10.25 and at the opposite end of the scale, you can clean-eat your way through a coconut and cashew protein bowl for £8.95.
Fego, 2 Station Parade, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2PB. Tel: 01494 681016