The best breakfasts and brunches in Brixton, from a good full English to American pancakes, jerk sausages and even Huevos Rancheros
*UPDATED JANUARY 2016*
1The Blues Kitchen
Brand new and stright in at the top of the charts, this place offers up a mean feast, morning, noon and night. Their brunch offerings include an English Breakfast, an American breakfast (pancakes, bacon, BBQ beans), a healthy breakfast (poached eggs, grilled avocado), Creole Crab Benedict with crispy fried crab cakes or even Huevos Rancheros (fried eggs on fried corn tortillas topped with chorizo, beans, cheese and salsa – hello!).
40 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5SP; 020 7274 0591; theblueskitchen.com
2Seven at Brixton
The tapas-inspired menu at Seven at Brixton in Brixton Market includes a Full Spanish breakfast (chorizo, morcilla de burgos, fried eggs, pimenton beans, tomato and toast, with tea or coffee, £9.50), an open bagel with chorizo, morcilla de burgos, tomato and fried egg (£5), a mushroom omelette with chestnut and shiitake mushrooms, served with ciabatta (£6.50) and even churros con chocolate (£3.50). Seven at Brixton serves breakfasts every day (open from 9am Mon-Sat and 10am Sun) and brunch until 12noon Mon-Fri and 1pm on weekends.
Unit 7 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB; 020 7998 3309; sevenatbrixton.com
Cornercopia in Brixton Village recently had a refurb and the new Modern British menu, created by chef @BlueJayBrixton, includes brunch dishes such as Canadian bacon, poached egg, wholemeal scone and maple mustard butter (£8), and refried black beans, succotash, poached egg and chipotle aioli (£9), as well as some seasonal additions. They’ll even do you a deal on their Heart of Bean coffee – £2.50 a cup or £4 for two. Served Sunday from 11am-2pm.
65 Brixton Village Market SW9 8PS; 079195 42 233; brixtoncornercopia.co.uk
4The Lido Café
Strictly speaking, The Lido Café has a Herne Hill postcode, but since it’s on the borders, and the lido is fondly known as Brixton’s beach, we’re including it. Oh and the food is fabulous, so that’s that! You can get lots of lovely eggs on muffins, lots of lovely avocados on sourdough toast, blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, and of course a full English. Except here it’s called a Strongman’s breakfast featuring excellent ingredients like Gloucester old spot bacon and sausage and Stornoway black pudding (£11.95).
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road SE24 0PA; 020 7737 8183; thelidocafe.co.uk
Satisfy your crepe cravings at Senzala in Brixton Market. Open from 9am on Saturday and Sunday, its extensive list of both sweet and savoury crepes includes the Morning Glory (cheese, fresh tomatoes, crispy bacon and fried egg, £6.70) and a Full English (cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon and fried egg, £7.10). Team it with a chai latte (£3) or even a glass of milk (£1.20)!
Brixton Village Market SW9 8PS; 020 7274 2211; senzalacreperie.co.uk
Wild Caper brings the best of the eastern Mediterranean to Brixton, but for brekkie and brunch there’s plenty of the familiar European jazz. Their Italian coffee is from Gianni Frisi, made with a Rolls Royce coffee machine, and their Clarence Court poached eggs with Severn & Wye smokery served with hollandaise on sourdough bread – baked in Brixton by Bread Bread – (£6.95), will set you up perfectly for the day. Or perhaps the selection of pastries from Comptoir Gourmand will grab you (or you them!)?
11a-13 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB; 020 7737 4410; wildcaper.co.uk
Rosie’s Deli, a delicatessen and café with an eclectic, stylish, organic twist, is run by Rosie Lovell, labelled by the Observer Food Monthly as ‘a Nigella for the next generation’. Breakfasts are served all day, and include delights such as ricotta on sourdough with basil oil, honey and almonds (£6), scrambled eggs on toast with chilli jam (£5) and pickled Scottish herrings on rye with dill and apple (£6). Open 9.30am-5.30pm from Monday to Saturday.
14e Market Row, Brixton Market SW9 8LD; rosiesdelicafe.com
8Three Eight Four
Seven at Brixton’s sister operation, Three Eight Four on Coldharbour Lane, takes a more stateside approach to brunch, serving up a stack of American pancakes with maple syrup and blueberries for a fiver. Add bacon for and extra couple of quid. Both options come with bottomless coffee or tea to help you recover from the night before. Served from 11am on Saturday and Sunday.
384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LF; 020 3417 7309; threeeightfour.com
9Duck Egg Cafe
The Duck Egg Café, which opened on Coldharbour Lane in 2010 as a small family business, has finally settled into a new seven-days-a-week home at POW in Brixton. After a successful weekend pop-up arrangement at the Market House, you can now enjoy weekday Duck Egg breakfasts again, as well as Sunday roasts. Try the Popeye’s Breakfast (spinach and scrambled eggs, tomato, mushroom and garlic served on melted cheese toast) or a simple ham, egg and chips (click here for the menu). The Duck Egg is in residence Mon-Friday 9am-3pm and weekends 9am-4pm, or until the roasts run out.
467-469 Brixton Road SW9 8HH; 020 7095 1978; pow-london.com
Salon strives to be seasonal, inventive and local, with plenty of ingredients produced or foraged in and around Brixton. For brunch, try the likes of warm banana bread with hazelnut ganache (homemade Nutella, essentially) for £3.50, soft boiled eggs and anchovy on toast (£6.50) or hot smoked salmon on a buttermilk scone with beetroot and cabbage slaw (£9). OMG. Oh and you can order some rather fancy sides, too, like roast field mushrooms and pickled walnut.
18 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LD; 020 7501 9152; salonbrixton.co.uk
This 100% vegetarian/vegan restaurant opened last summer right next to Negrill on Brixton Hill, so now you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Caribbean food. Kata Kata goes beyond the Caribbean, however, to also offer up French and international cuisines, as well as some fabulous fresh juices (from £2.50). Gluten-free vegan galettes (traditional French buckwheat pancakes) and crepes with a range of veggie or vegan fillings are the order of the day. Try the ‘Exotic’ galette – chestnut mushroom, cheese, coconut cream and spinach (£5.25).
132 Brixton Hill SW2 1RS; 020 3490 1160
Negril’s Caribbean-style brunch with jerk sausage, egg, bacon, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomatoes and chips (£7.95) is the stuff of legend. Alternatively, try a traditional breakfast of ackee and saltfish with dumplings (£8.95), Caribbean toast (with cinnamon and vanilla, topped with toasted coconut and served with tropical salad, £8.95) or the Callaloo Special (callaloo – similar to spinach – is served with scrambled eggs, plantain, grilled tomato and Hardo bread (£7.95). Saturday and Sunday from 9am.
132 Brixton Hill SW2 1RS; 020 3417 0674; negrilonline.co.uk
HomeGrown is the only trader at Pop Brixton currently serving up brekkie, but word on the street is that more are on the way! HomeGrown is a health and wellbeing concept offering a selection of freshly made juices, great coffees and regularly changing breakfast menu. Dishes like sourdough crostinis with pea and mint hummus, topped with chilli and goats cheese – or with garlicky tomatoes and basil; paleo banana bread (gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free) with pecans, dates and coconut, and also vegan energy balls with walnuts and almonds, will leave you feeling virtuous.
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ
Ok, this one is a bit of a cheat, because you’ll need to venture to Honest Burgers’ Clapham or Tooting branches for breakfast at the moment, but we’ve been told to ‘watch this space’ for their breakfasts heading to Brixton. They’re serving up Honest Beans on Toast (crispy smoked bacon and chipotle, garlic and chive baked beans on Guinness eggy bread with a fried egg, £6), a Full English with rashers of smoked streaky bacon, fried egg, Cumberland sausage, black pudding, Portobello mushroom, griddled tomato, Guinness eggy bread and Honest baked beans (£8.50). There’s also a Full English sharing tray (£15) with the works and veggie options. Available Saturday and Sunday 9-11.30am.
A pioneer on the somewhat muddled middle part of Brixton Hill, just beyond the White Horse, F Mondays opened up in December 2014 to bring us great coffee. It’s invented some pretty nifty breakfasts too, offering up the likes of bacon and egg breakfast cups and smashed banana with honey on buttered ‘pannouzo’ sourdough toast. It’s cash only though, so don’t get caught short! Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm and Sat-Sun 8am-5pm.
112a Brixton Hill SW2 1AH; @FMondaysCoffee; F. Mondays on Facebook
16Fantasia 2 Café
Technically, Fantasia 2 is in Clapham, not Brixton, but given it’s only a stone’s throw from the top of Acre Lane, I’m throwing it into the pot. This is the best spot for a cheap and tasty hangover recovery breakfast. A Full English with a tea or coffee and glass of fresh orange juice comes in at just under a fiver. It also does double breakfasts, eggs Benedict (plus its friends Florentine etc), veggie breakfasts and build-your-own breakfasts. Hits the spot every time.
2 Ascot Parade, Clapham SW4 7EY
17The White Horse
The White Horse has become as good with its food lately as it is with live music, weekend DJ sets and all round good times. A full English will set you back £7.75 (there’s a veggie option too, for £6.50), Eggs Benedict and its buddy Eggs Royale are £6.50 and soon the chefs will be adding toasted sandwiches to the breakfast menu.
94 Brixton Hill SW2 1QN; 020 8678 6666; whitehorsebrixton.com
The Ritzy does serve breakfasts, but informs me they’re about to update their menu. Watch this space for details…
Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW2 1JG; 0871 902 5739; picturehouses.com