With a Breton chef behind the billigs – that’s the wide, heated pans on which crepes are made, to you and me ‒ and all-French staff, it’s a little taste of Brittany on a London street.
The three-storey site’s décor alludes to Brittany’s bold maritime history while also appearing chic and modern, and attracts as many French people living in London as British people and tourists.
And crepes – the thin, French-style pancakes – are only a third of the story. This place is also a galette specialist, creating as many of the savoury buckwheat variety as the sweet, dessert options, and there is also a brand new ‘cidrothèque’ in the basement, specialising in small-batch French ciders that speak to the historical tradition of pairing the apple-based drink with simple pancakes.
There’s ships, paintings, drawings, and old-fashioned instruments lining the walls, alongside modern-yet-cosy stripped wooden tables coupled with boldly-designed coasters, large mugs, and an iPad-style ordering system for every table, which sends requests directly to the kitchen.
Having just launched the cidrotheque – complete with cider cocktails ‒ Peurois is also open to further expansion, and forsees several new Mamie’s around London in the next few years.
This place may be called ‘Mamie’s’, but it’s no tired old Grandma’s house. As Peurois notes, it’s no longer just about pizza, sushi, burgers in this town. Proper French-style pancakes for the cosmopolitan Londoner have finally arrived.