Aside from the giant stuffed donkey in the doorway, the first thing you'll notice as you step into Mara's is its warm and friendly ambience. The whole place is kitted out to be comfortable and cosy, and the friendly staff make you feel instantly welcome with their big cheery smiles.
Mara's is an independent Greek cafe/delicatessen situated on Church Road in Barnes, South-West London. Whether you are after a cup of tea and a slice of cake, a light lunch, or a more substantial meal, Mara's has something tasty to offer you.
The menu - which is updated daily - has plenty of Greek favourites such as Musaka - priced at £13.90, Greek salad - priced at £5.90, or a baguette filled with feta, olives, oil and oregano - priced at £4.80. For something sweet you could try traditional baklava - £2.80 for one piece/£5.00 for two pieces, or Greek yoghurt with fruit in syrup - priced at £4.80. The prices are slightly cheaper if you opt for take away. There are plenty of non-Greek options too such as jacket potatoes, cheese and ham filled baguettes, plus an array of cakes and pastries. To drink there are various coffees, teas and soft drinks, or you could even sip a cheeky glass of Greek wine if you fancy!
There has been lots of attention to detail paid to the decor in Mara's from the lavish chandelier hanging from the ceiling, to the fairy-light strewn tree at the back and the huge bouquet of flowers on the counter. It is most definitely somewhere you can kick back and relax for a while. You'll find a selection of newspapers and magazines to browse and free wifi too. If there is a group of you, there's a big table at the back to spread out on, or smaller tables up front (or outside if it's warm enough) where you can sit and watch the world go by. The cafe has a clean toilet with a baby change station.
You'll find Mara's in the heart of Barnes Village, set within a lovely parade of independent shops and right across from Barnes Green and duck pond. Barnes is served by two overground train stations - Barnes and Barnes Bridge - which are both a short walk away. There are also buses stopping regularly on Church Road, just nearby the cafe, which take you to Hammersmith where the nearest tube station is.