South East “Brunch” Feast
Love to brunch. Love South East London independents. To show the love, during July I tried out a different local brunch spot every weekend - each very different and each bursting with flavour. Take a look and take your pick:
1. Arlo & Moe, Crofton Park and Hither Green
Brunch pick 1: Crushed avocado, feta and chorizo on sourdough bread. The feta is a genius addition to the other ingredients!
Brunch pick 2: Home-made Spanish tortilla with three of the daily salads.
What else is good: Regular dinner pop-ups and the cool animal-themed salt and pepper shakers (each table gets a different animal!).
2. Noak SE4, Brockley
Brunch pick 1: A stack of buttermilk pancakes, crispy bacon, maple syrup… and skyr to add the Scandi touch.
Brunch pick 2: Shredded chicken open sandwich with celeriac, avocado, Brie and honey. Top marks for presentation and flavour combinations!
What else is good: The cinnamon buns, or anything else fresh from the bakery.
More info: http://www.noak-se4.co.uk/
3. St David Coffee House, Forest Hill
Brunch pick 1: Figs, ricotta, pine nuts and honey on sourdough toast.
Brunch pick 2: Vegetable fritters with avocado, tomato and poached egg.
What else is good: The skilful baristas serving up Square Mile coffee. Also check out the different dinner pop-ups every Friday.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/StDavidCoffeeHouse/
4. Sparrow London, Lewisham
Brunch pick 1: Egg and sambal appam (a fermented rice and coconut milk pancake), definitely not your average kind of brunch.
Brunch pick 2: Mince on dripping toast, a somewhat forgotten British classic.
What else is good: The exciting British-Asian fusion dinner menu and daily smoothies.
More info: http://sparrowlondon.co.uk/
5. Brickhouse Bread, East Dulwich and Peckham Rye
Brunch pick 1: Fried eggs, bacon, spinach and kale with sourdough toast.
Brunch pick 2: Fried eggs, sausage and home-made baked beans in tomato sauce (these are awesome, Heinz eat your heart out!), with sourdough toast of course.
What else is good: The freshly-baked sourdough bread! And how about signing up for a Sunday baking class?
More info: http://www.brickhousebread.com/
As you can see, weekends in July have been a real treat! I have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of these brunches and what is even better is that there are so many more to discover around South East London. Just take your pick!