From a full English to French pastries or something a little more contemporary, The Resident rises early to find the best breakfasts on Lordship Lane in East Duwlich
Just as no breakfast is complete without toast, no breakfast trek would be complete without Toasted. There are so many reasons to try Toasted, like their bimonthly wine tastings in the afternoon, but it’s a good idea to come first thing in the morning for their breakfast spread. With all the basics and some originals – sourdough waffles with chocolate sauce, whipped cream & honey comb or Mama Cash’s cornbread with tomato salsa, Sriracha & fried eggs – Toasted offers up fun and creative breakfasts. But you may as well let your food settle and stick around for lunch while you’re at it.
36-38 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HJ; toastdulwich.co.uk
This breakfast is a rarity, as Franklin’s only serves it on Saturdays. This Dulwich institution brings the same quality of ingredients, and heartiness, and clean presentation that make their suppers famous to their morning menu, serving up Full English breakfasts the way they were meant to be served.
157 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HX; franklinsrestaurant.com
The French House is known as an evening spot for drinks and live music. But if you visit this traditional French restaurant in the morning, you’ll find a neighborhood café that could belong in 1960’s France. With an incredible French patisserie and coffee courtesy of Square Mile Roasters, The French House breakfast includes cakes, breads, and cooked breakfasts, the perfect place to enjoy an authentic Croque Monsieur.
52 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HJ; thefrenchhouse.co
4 Le Chardon
This cosy little spot serves a lovely breakfast spread, with five different breakfast specials, all of which include a hot beverage of your choice. There’s just about everything you could want and it’s all under £10. From the Breakfast Benedict to simple, light Muesli, it’s a great morning destination with an interesting history as well, stemming from the name ‘Le Chardon’ after the original Victorian thistle tiles, one of many authentic features that contribute to this individuality of this French restaurant.
65 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8EP; lechardon.co.uk
5 Brick House Bakery
Brick House is a stone’s throw away from Lordship Lane and their signature Peckham Rye alone is reason enough to step off the beaten track. Brick House is dedicated to serving up award winning breads and the rest of the menu is set up to highlight their fresh-baked breads and artisan coffee. The breakfast and lunch menus change seasonally, giving even more of a reason to come back again and again, as they’re always serving up new, creative dishes with bread that’s just popped out of the oven.
1 Zenoria Street, East Dulwich SE22 8HP; brickhousebread.com
6 The Plough
Easily recognizable because of the bright red umbrellas out front, The Plough is one of Dulwich’s most beloved pubs. With simple breakfast options like cinnamon toast or buttermilk & maple pancakes (topped with banana, strawberries & honeycomb butter), the Plough lives up to its delicious reputation. Also, as the weather warms up, keep in mind that you can soak up a bit of morning sun in The Plough’s garden.
381 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8JJ; theploughdulwich.co.uk
This is a bit of a cheat because The Great Exhibition is a 10-minute walk from Lordship Lane, but Saturday brunch here is super popular. For £25 you get a choice of six classic breakfasts (the full English or a vegetarian version; eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale, and pancakes with bacon and maple syrup), unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys, plus your fill of toast, jam, tea and coffee. Served from 11am-1pm, this is a great excuse to spend some time in this quirky yet comfortable pub which pays homage to its 1851 namesake with an interesting interior.
193 Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich SE22 9EP; greatexhibition.pub
8 Bluebrick Café
The cheery Bluebrick Café is well worth stepping slightly off Lordship Lane. Once a greasy spoon, Bluebrick is now a locally sourced vegetarian bistro, easily spotted because of the signature blue bricks around the door. The breakfast menu is mouthwatering, traditional English offerings with a vegetarian twist.
14 Fellbrigg Road, East Dulwich SE22 9HH; bluebrickcafe.com
9 Boulangerie Jade
Boulangerie Jade’s Lordship Lane location offers delicious food served with a smile. It’s quaint and relaxed, perfect to start out your day. For breakfast, they offer Croque Monsieurs for the hungry, homemade granola and yogurt for the healthy, and a French style full English breakfast. It’s reasonably priced and you can buy loaves of bread to take home as well.
145 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HU; boulangeriejade.com
10 Johnnie’s Café
It may not be a French pattiserie, but Johnnie’s Café does a breakfast fry up right. Here, breakfast is down-to-earth and hearty. There’s a wide variety of ways to get your morning meal in, the highlight perhaps being the ‘Monster’ which includes egg, bacon, chips, mushrooms, sausage, black pudding, burger and beans. It’s casual, greasy, and good.
137 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HU