So with a long weekend coming up the pressures of where to go for brunch on Saturday with Mr T has been weighing heavily on my mind… This is my shortlist so far:
The ceaseless smiling sunny disposition of Aussie chef Bill Granger trickles through into the suitably laid back Antipodean cooking at his restaurant in Westbourne Grove (175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB). Again it gets really busy (and they don’t take bookings) so if you’re not the patient sort you might want to try Cafe 202 over the road or better still get yourself over to…
I’ve been going to this little gem of a cafe near Goldborne Road for a while, it’s a slightly ramshackle concoction of mismatched chairs and tables, tea pots and papers. The day’s menu is chalked up on the board: Here they make a few things and they make them really well. Avocado on sourdough toast with poached eggs and bacon is pretty much all I ever have when I’m there but they make mega sourdough doorstep sized sandwiches of chicken and tarragon, Goat’s cheese, dry cured ham and proper Cheddar, there are also two little tables on the pavement outside and when you’re finished you can wander – slowly – down Goldborne Rd and Portobello and buy some random antique you never knew you needed… NB Cash only (339 Portobello Rd London W10 5SA)
Joel and Walid – the creators of this whimsical Wonka style chocolate shop and artisan bakery – have just opened a third site on Brompton Road in what used to be a jewellery shop (235 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP). They’ve retained much of the shop’s character by keeping the original Victorian curiosity style cabinets and using them to display all the beautiful edible creations and whilst Cocomaya may be best known for their pretty handmade cakes and chocolates, they also serve a really good choice of substantial sandwiches, salads and at their Brompton Road branch – a choice of excellent ultra thin crisp flatbread pizzas with simple toppings.
This one’s a good option for a pitstop en route to Columbia Road Flower Market or Spitalfields. The queues can get a bit crazy so bring a paper to read in line… (12-16 Artillery Lane, London)
For old fashioned decadence and glamour, Corbin and King have it by the bucketload and their latest offering on the corner of Strand and High Holborn ticks all the boxes. Breakfast here is barely distinguishable from The Delaunay’s older sister, The Wolseley (and for good reason) – dainty piles of Viennoiserie greet you upon arrival or you can plump for granola, eggs every which way, kippers or pancakes… Service is formal but perfectly attentive (Aldwych, Covent Garden, London WC2)
Anna Hansen is a great chef and her breakfasts are definitely worth the trip to Clerkenwell (48 St. John’s Square London EC1V 4JJ). I’m usually a tad suspicious of the term fusion but Anna really knows how to bring interesting ingredients from around the world together with panache: Think Bircher muesli with pineapple and raspberry compote or Eggs with grilled chorizo and plantain fritters and in the summer (whenever that is) you can bag one of the tables spread out on St John’s Square and dine in sunny splendour.