When Daily Info were invited to go and sample the food at St Ebbe's Kitchen, Katy and I took one look at their mouth-watering Instagram and jumped at the chance. I am happy to say it did not disappoint; the real food itself lived up to the social media offerings.
The space, which is downstairs in Modern Art Oxford, embodies the term 'industrial chic', with exposed bricks, low-hanging metal lampshades and slate boards. Luckily it is well-lit, since there are no sources of natural light. It is thus impressive how open and airy it feels; a nice place to do work or study.
We were warmly greeted by co-runner of St Ebbe's, Fiona, who talked us through the food options available. As a vegan, I found myself well catered for, and went for that day's decadent salad, which involved green leaves, roasted vegetables, candy beetroot, rice, mint and French dressing. It's no mean feat, as a salad, to combine subtlety and sustenance as well as this one did; the generous portion size left me satisfied in terms of both culinary adventure and hunger. Katy went for a tart, which came with a side salad, and involved leek, goats' cheese, aubergine and plentiful tarragon. She deemed it well seasoned and full of good quality cheese.
For dessert I was treated to a vegan (!) cookie, which was salted caramel chocolate chip and rather heavy on the salt, but made up for this with its well-judged chewy texture (and its vegan-ness). Katy had a brownie which was dense and dessert-like but not too sweet. The generous portion sizes extended to the desserts and we came away nicely full. The coffee was also delicious; I had a hugely frothy Soya latte which I can strongly recommend.
This well-run, friendly cafe is too easy to overlook, tucked as it is behind M and S and away from the well-peopled streets on either side. It is worth making the effort to find it; you are unlikely to be disappointed. And while you're there you can check out the latest exhibition on in our local international art gallery upstairs!