From a full English to shakshuka and sweetcorn fritters with avocado and bacon, Lordship Lane, East Dulwich’s super vibrant high street, serves up some excellent breakfast and brunch options. The Resident rises early to find the best…
1 Spinach London
Spinach serves some really interesting brunch options, from sweetcorn fritters with avocado, bacon and tomato salsa to spinach and cumin pancakes with baked tomatoes and tzatzki. You can also get your mitts on moreish brioche French toast with roasted plums, Greek yogurt and maple syrup, eggs any way on sourdough (including scrambled tofu) and homemade granola with blueberries and Greek yogurt. Served 8.30am-12pm weekdays and 8.30am-4pm weekends.
161 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HX; spinach.london
Saturday brunch at Franklin’s is a real treat. 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 the likes of West Mersea rock oysters, black pudding on toast, scrambled eggs and chorizo, or unbeatable mainstays like the bacon sandwich or full English. Ramp things up by popping the cork on a Cava Brut or Prosecco Superiore for £7 a glass, or sip on a Bucks Fizz, Bloody Mary or Bramble Bellini.
157 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HX; franklinsrestaurant.com
3 The Palmerston
*The Palmerston is now under new management and we haven’t had chance to revisit yet*
The Palmerston serves brunch on weekends from 10am-11.30am. Choose from the hearty Palmerston Full English with Cumberland sausage, maple-cured bacon, black pudding, tomato, egg, mushrooms, hash brown and sourdough toast. Other options include waffles with cinnamon sugar, bacon and maple syrup, avocado, semi-dried tomato and feta bruschetta, and sweetcorn fritters with poached eggs and avocado.
91 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8EP; thepalmerstondulwich.co.uk
Tart London, located in the glorious former David Greig grocery, once home to Le Chardon, has a lovely conservatory to the rear and serves brunch daily till 2pm. Weekday brunches include toast and marmalade, smashed avo on sourdough with dukkah and home-baked vegan granola with Greek yoghurt and fruit compote. At weekends, the offering also includes halloumi, avo, poached eggs, chilli relish and mint aioli on sourdough, as well as eggs Benedict and Royale. Gluten-free cornbread is available. Open from 9am Mon-Sat and 10am Sun.
65 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8EP; tartlondon.com
You might not expect a wine bar to serve breakfast, but Terroirs, which took over from ToastED a couple of years back, does… Open from 9am on week days and 10am on weekends, it’s a great spot to grab something as simple as toast with jam or a bacon sandwich with your coffee, or to linger over smoked salmon and poached egg on an English muffin, a cheddar and chorizo bruschetta, or baked egg with baby spinach and tomato. Add a Bloody Mary or Mimosa to celebrate the weekend.
36-38 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HJ; terroirseastdulwich.com
6 Brick House Bakery
*Brick House Bakery has sadly now closed*
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 brunch menu really shows this off. Go for something as simply beautiful as the Raisin & Walnut sourdough toast with butter and Brick House jam, or tuck into Gizzie Erksine‘s favourite, shakshuka with spiced tomato and peppers, egg, zhug and yoghurt. Other top breakfast dishes include toasted brioche with fresh fig, mascarpone, ginger crumble and honey or a chorizo and egg breakfast bap.
1 Zenoria Street, East Dulwich SE22 8HP; brickhousebread.com
7 The Great Exhibition, East Dulwich
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. Open from 8.30am Mon-Sat and 9am Sun.
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