When the very tiny Shot Espresso opened a few years ago, on the cobbled pedestrian and rather lovely Jerdan Place, I had a feeling it was going to do well. It is the project of friends of, as they say, ‘Italian, Australian and English extraction’, with especially the Italian extraction being most pronounced in their venture. It is effectively an Italian Deli, Cafe and Aperitif bar all rolled into one, with some Aussie touches. Every morning I walked passed I could smell their freshly ground coffee, and see tempting heaps of buttery croissants through their large window. Every evening when I walked home, they went from offering coffee to offering Aperol Spritzes. Or wine.
So, I tried both. Their coffee really is good. And their friendly service adds to Shot’s charm. One evening I also tried their Aperol Spritz. And a glass of wine. And perhaps a few more of them. And loved this local and characterful place just off the very busy and characterless Fulham Broadway (having said that, if you want cocktails then 510 Below is brilliant too).
Soon enough they cleverly put a few tables and chairs outside, and shortly the pavement was overflowing with post-work drinkers. And best of all? They offer Aperitivo. Possibly the best deal ever. If you pay an extra £3 for your first drink, you get to sample unlimited amounts of their homemade bites and selection of cheeses, hams and breads, plates of which are placed on the bar and which they keep topping up. I don’t know anywhere in London where they are this generous. No need for dinner, just come here for lots of drinks and delicious aperitivo and you’re sorted.
Their well-deserved success meant that they procured another tiny joint, right opposite Shot – called Slice & Ice. Offering, surprise surprise, homemade pizza (Roman-style) and ice cream. Same sort of concept, same people, same overflowing pavement where on the busier Thursday and Friday nights the crowds from Shot and Ice & Slice simply merge together.
Their newest venture is Bistro by Shot. A larger, a little more formal cafe/bistro just off Parson’s Green. I enjoyed my brunch here, but my preference will always be Shot Espresso.
11 Jerdan Pl
London SW6 1BE
Photos Shot Espresso’s own, or mine from Instagram.