Locals are familiar with The French Table in Surbiton and its splendid reputation. Next door, The French Tarte is the first of the same team’s café ventures. It is cosy and authentic with tables outside as well as indoors. The coffees and sweet treats are impeccable and the smell of fresh bread, baked on the premises, permeates the surrounding streets. Having opened further venues of the same name in Teddington and the nearby Victoria Recreation Ground, The French Tarte’s popularity and appreciation from its local community is clear. We sampled breakfast favourites of stacked bacon omelette and a delicious croque madame, which were absolutely divine. We also ordered a portion of frites, which came with authentically French homemade mayonnaise, and a colourful collection of house salads. After our fantastic meal, we finished our refreshing pineapple and mango smoothies, watched the world go by, and happily fantasised that we were in a Parisian bistro, just without the hustle and bustle of the capital city. To extend our stay, we made our coffee and cakes last as long as possible, savouring every bite of creamy coconut and lime mousse and a strawberry tartlet bursting with freshness. Afternoon teas are a must at the Surbiton and Teddington sites, but you must book ahead to avoid disappointment.