Wednesday, 2 June 2010

La Crêperie de Hampstead.

Hampstead Creperie
I recently complained on Twitter about putting on weight. 'Just weighed myself thinking I'd lost weight but I've actually PUT WEIGHT ON.' A little incident last week exemplified the kind of behaviour that might be to blame. I'd been strolling around Hampstead, wondering why I always go to Islington to shop and potter when Hampstead is closer to where I live, less busy, better chazzas, amusingly posh – I once saw Colin Firth and Princess Beatrice on the same night – and just nice for a change. Anyway, exhausted after a morning of gentle shopping (I had birthday monies to spend), I decided it was lunchtime. I eschewed the extremely tempting Paul bakery and instead got a good old prawn sandwich from Tesco for £1.35. (Yes, I know Tesco are evil and disgusting but I am po' at the moment.) Feeling smug and full of self-control, I wandered back to my bike, planning to eat my sandwich at the lido.

But then I saw La Crêperie de Hampstead and you can guess what happened next. This crêpe van has been in Hampstead for thirty years and is a bit of a local institution. I've managed to keep my crêpes to post-pub in the past, because I have to be drunk to rationalise eating fried buttery batter stuffed with cheese. But last week I could not resist the pull. I had a mushrooms and garlic cheese crêpe. I don't need to tell you that it was divinity in conical form. I'm going back for a crème de marrons one soon.

Hampstead Creperie

People sit on the doorsteps down the little lane next to the stand to eat. Must be annoying for the residents but I sat where these two were sitting as soon as they left.

Hampstead Creperie

My crêpe was so rich and satisfying, I didn't really want to eat anything else for the rest of the day. Those clever Frenchies have got the right idea by eating little but eating rich. I gave my prawn sandwich to the chatty lifeguard at the lido, then half-heartedly attempted to swim off my lunch crime.

La Crêperie de Hampstead is at 77 Hampstead High Street. Have a look at their full menu here.

22 comments:

  1. Wow, that stall looks great! There is literally nothing better, to my mind, than a good crepe. They're worth putting on weight for.

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  2. That sounds delicious! Actually crepes come from my home region, brittany, so I'm a total expert when it comes to them. They are not that bad for you, especially if you eat the salty version for lunch. The sweet crepes are just a guilty pleasure. Nutella ones are...oh my! This little crepereie looks adorable! I might have to go check it out to see if it measures up to the ones I grew up with:) x LZ

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  3. I'd be interested to know your thoughts, Emily! This crepe was very buttery, which made me immediately think it was very, very bad for me. It was also slightly crispy around the edges - is that normal form? As I say, I do try and be good so I'm not really a crepe expert! But if you're really telling me they're healthy.. hmm.. INTERESTING. :p

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  4. I live just off Haverstock Hill, so the Creperie is really close for me and I try to limit myself to one once a month! They are beautiful though, I love the stall and it's in such a perfect location.

    Near the local book market and Oxfam! Yummy.

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  5. Hi Eleanor - yep, I had a good old poke around Oxfam. The books are so expensive, tho! £2.99 for chazza books? I'm getting old, everything's getting more expensive!

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  6. No wonder the lifeguard keeps talking to you if you're giving him your food! If that's not encouragement I don't know what is!

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  7. I had to give the sandwich away or I would've had to eat it myself! It was hot that day, it wouldn't have kept! He was the first person I encountered who I could realistically give a sandwich to.

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  8. Divinity in conical form, genius. I'm now looking askance at my boring old ham roll.

    The only street-food crepes we get in Manchester are at the Christmas Markets, and even then they tend to be coated in beer (friendly fire from the surrounding stalls)...

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  9. crispy round the edges is just how they should be.

    Maybe the weight gain is muscle given that you're no longer office bound and are doing more out and about stuff?

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  10. oh hell...thank heavens there's no crepe van in ithaca. i would be in soooooooooo much trouble!!!

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  11. I tried to tell myself that GSE but I don't think so. I'm hypothyroid and despite starting meds, ooh probably about 6 months ago now, weight steadily creeps on. I really don't eat too badly and I get lots of exercise so it's really dispiriting. I'm planning to go to the doc's to see if they have any other meds I can try...

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  12. I think that this attraction to tasty things may be an inherited condition.(Shall have to visit the crepe booth myself in the summer - although of course I will have Mike to restrain me).X

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  13. he he... I say the French way is the way forward!

    (I still think the scales lie by the way!!)

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  14. Oooh sounds too delicious to resist. Might take more than a couple of laps to work it off though but what the hell - enjoy.

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  15. Awesome! My aunt lives in Hampstead and I have very happy memories of this little nugget of scrumptiousness as a child...the last time i was down it was closed and i was gutted! There used to be a Haagen Das shop just a few doors down for dessert too!
    mmmmm...i'm hungry!

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  16. Someone I know had a lot of luck treating that with chinese medicine. No idea how you feel about that sort of thing. I think it was the place on Camden high street.

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  17. Someone I know had a lot of luck treating that with chinese medicine. No idea how you feel about that sort of thing. I think it was the place on Camden high street.

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  18. Hm, thanks, I'll look into it. I tried the natural way with kelp for a while but it made no difference. But I'm open to any suggestions, basically!

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  19. I can't seem to stop the weight on tide at the moment- I have never lucky that way- I used to be in training for athletics and all sorts and that clearly kept me in shape but I was still never skinny, just not fat. I do wonder about seeing the doctor sometimes as I don't eat badly- but I do eat and if i'm honest all the people I know who are thin eat strangely. I don't really want to be the person having porridge from breakfast and just vegetables the rest of the day for the rest of my life!

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  20. Sweets are my downfall. Hopefully with Summer I will swim away the weight so I can continue with my addiction to gelato and nutella crepes.
    It would be difficult for me to stay away from such a cute and delicious creperie stand.

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  21. Caroline, you definitely should go back to your GP and ask him to adjust the dose, because you shouldn't be putting any more weight now, if you're not overeating!

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