Vesuvio: a hidden gem on Eversholt Street NW1

An easy-to-miss spot for healthy salads, this cafe is well worth a lunchtime visit

Proving that looks can be deceiving is this daytime-only pizzeria and casual bistro next to the reopened Pack & Carriage pub.

It doesn’t appear to be much from the street, but stroll inside and you’ll find a large airy rear dining room with atrium skylight, bare brick walls and padded wooden banquettes scattered with comfy cushions.

It’s bigger than it looks from the outside.

On the menu there’s a short, well-priced list of pizzas (a steal at around £6) as well as sandwiches from £3.50, plus a hot counter that varies day-to-day.

On our visit it was the selection of salads that caught our eye. From over half a dozen attractively laid out, the friendly member of staff offered to compile a mix of all of them on a plate.

Colourful: summer chicken salad for a fiver.

The result was a zingy jumble of kale, spinach, red cabbage, roasted squash, celery and lentils. But that wasn’t all: tomatoes, slices of boiled egg and generous charred chunks of chicken were nestling in there too. And it was adorned with flat leaf parsley, fresh mint, jewel-red pomegranates, slivers of radish and even peach.

A civilised little find indeed; there’s even opera blasting out as you eat. At only £5 a pop, a return visit is inevitable.

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Vesuvio, open daily till 4pm, 160 Eversholt Street NW1

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