The Best of Brunch, Clapham

What is better than eggs and good company on a late Saturday morning?  We’ve been on the hunt for the best brunch spots south of the river

Ben’s Canteen: Battersea
A short 10 minute walk from Clapham Junction will lead you to Ben’s Canteen which is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Clapham life. Kick off your morning with a bubbly brunch, a banging Bloody Mary or for those feeling fragile, stick to an ice cold Berocca. The Brunch menu itself is a creative assortment; keep it healthy with smashed avocado on toast or settle your sweet tooth with banana pancakes. Late risers can rejoice at their diverse extended all day breakfast menu.

The Breakfast Club: Battersea Rise
Unless you have been stuck on the northern line for the past couple of years, you have probably come across The Breakfast Club. They have a few places dotted around central London, but they have finally answered the prayers of us south London sort by opening in Battersea Rise.  Be warned, they do not take pre-booking, so be prepared for a queue! However, frequent visitors will tell you it is definitely worth the wait.  Brunch is served until 5pm everyday which is perfect for those who crave eggs all day long. Why not break the trend and opt for a bit of spice with a breakfast burrito or the ‘when halloumi met salad wrap’, purely for the comic title. For those not wanting to stray too far from the beaten (egg) track, they have all the usual suspects too.

Eco: Clapham High Street
Eco offers a breakfast pizza of sorts. This consists of 2 eggs baked in the wooden oven, served with grilled sourdough and topped with either chorizo or mushrooms and goats cheese. If you want to cut back on the bread, then try a frittata instead. The eggs are cooked with spinach and parmesan and some of the options include: crushed avocado, sausage and bacon or smoked salmon. So, if you find yourself roaming Clapham common in search of a tasty time, then head to Eco for an egg-celent experience.

No 32 Old Town: Clapham Common
This spot has a large outdoor seating area overlooking Clapham Common, which is the perfect way to enjoy your brunch in the sunshine. This restaurant is relatively new on the scene but it already has a decent following due to its fresh food made from scratch and the ingredients which are locally sourced. There is plenty to choose from the All Day Brunch menu and you won’t be abe to resist the Taleggio cheese and avocado sourdough sandwich. However, if you are a traditionalist at heart then the full English will satisfy your cravings. Wash down your breakfast with a classic Bellini.

Brickwood Coffee & Bread: Clapham Common
Aussie owned Brickwood Coffee & Bread is a delightful small cafe which prides itself on sourcing excellent local produce. The eggs are organic and the sourdough is from Brixton bakery ‘Bread Bread’. The menu offers something for everyone and it provides options for veggies and those steering clear of gluten and dairy. If you savour savoury then choose the corn fritters with roasted vegetables, halloumi, beetroot crème fraiche and poached egg or find something fancy with the French toasted brioche with mascarpone. The chef at Brickwood clearly thinks outside the box when it comes to brunch!

By Georgina Rawes

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