Regent Canal’s hidden gem, Towpath Cafe has a book!
Walk along Regent’s Canal from November to February and you will pass four mysterious, shuttered kiosks, adorned with large, painted coots, lying dormant in the inhospitable winter months. As spring approaches, the shutters open to reveal one of the most prized hidden gems in London – Towpath, a waterside eatery that, even in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world, has no website, no phone and no takeaway; yet it thrives.
Towpath: Recipes & Stories, by founders Lori De Mori and Laura Jackson, captures the ebb and flow of the restaurant’s ever-changing menus and waterside community, with Laura’s distinct, seasonal recipes alongside beautifully written stories by Lori and photography that captures the vibrancy of Towpath throughout the arc of a season.
Started ten years ago, the restaurant first gained a reputation for its exceptional cheese toastie, which was cooked at Lori’s flat across the canal. Laura, who trained at Rochelle Canteen, has a passion for seasonal food, jams and chutneys, and Lori, who had previously made a career as food writer, turned her attention to the carefully considered ambience and experience at Towpath.
Stumbled upon by newcomers and held dear by the community of regulars, Towpath has become a unique and beloved destination. If you haven’t been, check it out and, in the meantime, get the book when it comes out in October. It deserves a prominent place in the kitchen not only as a recipe book but a reminder of what is truly important in life – good food, face-to-face conversation and a quiet place to disconnect and watch the world go by.
GET THE BOOK
Towpath: Recipes and Stories
By Lori De Mori and Laura Jackson
£25.00 – Publication date: 1 October, 2020