In our eyes, there’s brunch…and then there’s brunch. And nothing can get us out of bed quicker on a miserable morning than brunch. It’s not truly a weekend without some Banana Pancakes or Eggs Benedict with a Bloody Mary on the side and so, being the nice people that we are, we have selected our 4 most recent favourite brunch spots for you to try…and being even nicer, we’ve picked one in each area of London so that no one will miss out on the most important meal of the day.
1. SOUTH – No 32 The Old Town
We’ve got two words for this place – Ricotta. Pancakes. It appears that there is such a thing as heaven on earth. Ricotta, poached pear and maple crème fraîche, these pancakes are fluffier than a towel-dried bunny rabbit and tastier than…well, any pancakes we’ve had before. The Eggs Royal is pretty darn good too, as is the Eggs Benedict, which probably has something to do with the fact that they cure their own ham on site. Now for the drinks…boy oh boy, you have to try the Elderflower and Earl Grey Fizz. If the classics are more your thing, their Bloody Mary is bloody brilliant, made with citrus vodka and homemade spice mix just to give it that little bit of a twist. With some of the friendliest staff encountered and the best pancakes ever (sorry, not sure if we’ve mentioned the pancakes?), this wonderful independent spot should swiftly become one of your new faves. You can thank us later.
No 32 The Old Town, 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE
2. NORTH: Caravan
As long as you don’t mind queuing or a busy (and we mean busy) atmosphere, then Caravan is a brunch spot to put on your list immediately. Served until 4pm, it offers a wide variety of wholesome dishes such as cinnamon stewed fruit, orange blossom honey mascarpone and almonds; or avocado, chilli, lemon and olive oil on toast. Somewhat naughtier options include coconut bread, lemon curd cream cheese and rhubarb; or Kimchi pancake with pork belly, fried duck egg and bbq crème fraîche. Yep, you read that all right. YUM!
Granary Building, Granary Square, N1C 4AA
3. EAST: Rawduck
Drawing on inspiration from all over the world, Rawduck is a brunch place with a twist that is absolutely not to be missed. Located in an unsuspecting area in London Fields, Rawduck oozes a stylish simplicity that captures its entire essence. Taking a wholesome (and totally delicious) approach to food, Rawduck gets the brunch balance to perfection, adding a different dimension to classic dishes with personal quirks. The bacon and maple syrup pancakes feel healthier because they are buckwheat, whilst the harissa mayo adds just that extra kick to the fried egg, bacon and spinach breakfast bap. There are also undertones of Indian influence with dishes such astarka dhal, a poached egg & charred naan bread up for grabs. Clever and completely scrumptious. The most interesting of all, however, is its passion for all things vinegar (trust us on this one). ‘Drinking ferments’ feature heavily on the brunch menu and we braved the ‘hot cider vinegar and heather honey’…an odd taste, but with all the health benefits attached to it, definitely worth a try!
197 Richmond Rd, London E8 3NJ
4. WEST: Farm Girl Cafe
Self-professed ‘holistic and healthy’, Farm Girl Cafe provides nutritional yet yummy food, bringing the comfortingly simple Australian cafe culture to London’s Notting Hill. All day brunch is just what we want to hear…especially when an açai bowl (frozen Amazonian açai berries topped with sliced banana, chia seeds & goji berries) or a 3-egg omelette cooked in coconut oil with toasted sourdough is part of that menu. You will leave feeling refreshed, revitalised and ready for the day ahead!
59a Portobello Rd, W11 3DB
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