Selfridges has opened its roof garden for the summer, hosting various events, but with a permanent Daylesford offering light lunches, afternoon teas and lovely wine for those wishing to take a break from their shopping, it's the perfect haven for unwinding with a tasty plate.
Reiss loves: lunch on the roof14.07.12
We do love to lunch here at Reiss, especially when it involves a great view and the chance to bask in what little sunshine the capital is lucky enough to snatch from the rain-filled clouds dominating the sky. And so, today we decided to hot-foot it to the Selfridges roof garden, where alongside crazy golf and views across the city we enjoyed a spot of lunch at the Daylesford Cafe.
You whizz up in the express lift (situated in the fragrance section), and find yourself on the fifth floor, where you're presented with walls adorned with strawberries, golf balls and vintage tea cups and ceilings covered in colourful bunting.
Once you've made your way outside, a broad, decked area welcomes you, with city views to your left and crazy golf to the right.
The open kitchen and friendly staff offer a buzzy atmosphere and we were soon whisked to a perfect table in the centre of the space with comfy, stripy cushions whipped underneath us onto the pretty garden chairs.
Lined with fresh produce, the roof edge boasts salad leaves and huge stalks of rhubarb, making the perfect setting for a peep over, taking in the city landmarks and bustling Oxford Street below.
With savoury and sweet options up for grabs, we couldn't decide on which, so opted for both.
We started with the salmon, which was so prettily presented it seemed a shame to eat it, and a glass of the palest, most delicious rose to wash it down with.
Then we finished things off with a dish devised by Daylesfords' very own chef, Toby. His panacotta and rhurbarb compote (fresh fom the roof itself), was to die for, and we adored the cute heart-shaped bowls and board it sat on.
Of course, not every day is worthy of a rooftop lunch, but if you can snatch five minutes of sunshine in this centrally-located oasis of calm and organic-goodness, we definitely would.