Greenwoods cafe and tea room offers Anglophile Amsterdammers and homesick Brits a slice of Blighty on Singel canal.
I've lived in Amsterdam for eight years. It is only now that the call of the motherland has become strong enough to entice me into an English cafe. After having finally made it, though, I had to go all the way.
Pot of tea (with milk): check.
Freshly prepared full English breakfast of eggs (choice of fried or scrambled), bacon, sausages, fried potatoes, baked beans and toast: check.
And, because I had heard such rapturous stories about them, a scone with jam and cream: check.
It was a good scone, but seemed to have been warmed up in the microwave as it had lost some of its structure. It was also served with whipped rather than clotted cream. The latter is near impossible to find in Amsterdam, though, so perhaps you can't have everything.
Also on the menu at Greenwoods is a less artery-clogging breakfast option of yoghurt with muesli, a good range of eggs dishes, sandwiches and home-made cakes, including the English classics lemon meringue pie and apple crumble.
I often go to tea rooms in the UK because there's something quaint and nostalgic about them. It felt odd sitting in an English cafe in Amsterdam, but that says more about me than it does about Greenwoods, which was really quite good.
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