Here at The Resident, we think that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here’s our pick of the best places for a fantastic breakfast and brunch in Clapham and Battersea
Lead image: Balans Soho Society’s breakfasts are famous
1 Brick & Liquor, Clapham
Brick & Liquor, which has branches in Clapham and Tooting, serves up a wicked weekend brunch. Choose from the likes of The Great British Pancake, a ‘full English’ stack served with fried eggs, smoked bacon and sausages; smashed avocado with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs; a full English in carnivore or herbivore form; Eggs As You Like (Royale, Benedict or Florentine) and the glorious DIY Breakfast Bap, where you can choose your fillings from a list including Cumberland sausage, bacon, egg and avocado. There’s also a choice of three of Brick & Liquor’s famous cocktails – Three Hail Marys, Salted Caramel Espresso Martini and the Californication. Available from 10am on Saturday and Sunday.
47 Balham Hill, Clapham South SW12 9DR; brickandliquor.co.uk
2 Balans Soho Society
Enjoy too much of a good thing at Balans Soho Society in Clapham. Eat from their award-winning all-day menu, which includes some pretty amazing breakfast options, from Steak & Eggs (skirt steak, Balans potatoes, two eggs any way, £13) to Breakfast Burrito (spiced scrambled eggs in a toasted flour tortilla, sour cream, salsa fresca, £7.50), Kedgeree (smoked haddock, spiced basmati rice, peas, poached egg, £9) and The Soho Full English (sausage, bacon, field mushroom, grilled tomato, two eggs any way, Balans potatoes, toast, £10).
16A Clapham Common South Side SW4 7AB; balans.co.uk
3 Minnow, Clapham
Minnow, which overlooks Clapham Common, recently launched its breakfast menu, full of morning staples like bircher muesli, yoghurt with granola and, of course, plenty of eggs. For a good, hearty breakfast, go for the black pudding, fried egg, pickles and mustard, or choose from staples like poached eggs on toast, eggy bread or eggs Benedict, with optional extras such as streaky bacon and smoked salmon. Come the weekend, you can add brunch cocktails like a bloody Mary, mimosa or a glass of champagne. Reservations are available for breakfast Tuesday to Friday from 8am, and for weekend brunch from 10am.
21 The Pavement, Clapham Common SW4 0HY; minnowclapham.co.uk
4 No 32 The Old Town, Clapham Old Town
Clapham Old Town’s newest kid on the block is No 32 The Old Town, a shiny, stylish bar and restaurant on the corner of The Pavement and Wingate Square. While it’s already become an evening hot-spot in Clapham, it’s also a winner for breakfast. Choose between a hearty Nº 32 Breakfast Burger or feel virtuous by ordering the homemade granola with organic farm yoghurt. Enjoy a sweet breakfast? Then the Coconut Pancakes are a must. Breakfast is served from 9am-11.30am daily, and there’s an all-day brunch (11am-5pm) at weekends with special dishes for ‘little people’.
32 The Pavement, Clapham SW4 0JE; no32theoldtown.co.uk
5 Ben’s Canteen, Battersea
Ben’s Canteen first opened in Battersea in 2011 and has since been joined by a sister Canteen in Earlsfield, so it’s fair to say that South West Londoners like Ben. One of the (many) things that Ben does very well is brunch. Like something sweet to start the day? Try Ben’s Canteen’s Banana Pancakes. Have eggs any which way you like or go all out and order The Big Ben (Ben’s equivalent of a full English). Hungover? Ben’s Canteen’s 27-ingredient Bloody Mary should sort you out.
140 St John’s Hill, Battersea SW11 1SL; benscanteen.com
6 Jacks at The Junction, Clapham Junction
Jacks at The Junction at the station end of Lavender Hill always seems to be busy, so they must be doing something right? It’s not the most luxurious setting but the choice and the price keep the hungry patrons flocking in. Go back to basics and try one of Jack’s all-day breakfast varieties (the ‘single’ includes a slice of bacon, one sausage, one fried egg, grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans and a slice of toast) or shake it up American-style and choose corned beef hash. Expect a quick turn around and a cheap and cheerful breakfast.
252 Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 1LJ; jacksclapham.co.uk
7 The Breakfast Club, Battersea
A reliable staple in the hunt for a good breakfast – so long as you don’t mind queuing – The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise has a groovy retro interior décor and indulgent breakfasts featuring chorizo and halloumi. The list of exciting breakfast dishes is long – and kick-started by a sizeable ‘Full Monty’. Then there’s the likes of The All American, with pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, fried potatoes and maple syrup; the substantial Huevos Rancheros with fried eggs, tortilla, refried beans, chorizo, salsa, cheddar, sour cream and guacamole; plus a selection of butties – bacon, sausage or egg. Oh, and the best bit? Many of the brekkie dishes are served all day, so it’s perfect for the late-riser/terribly hungover.
5-9 Battersea Rise SW11 1HG; thebreakfastclubcafes.com
8 Brew Café, Battersea
Brew Café has well and truly spread its wings in South West London. The Northcote Road café has been consistently good for breakfast (as well as lunch and dinner), and it now has sister cafes in Wandsworth, Wimbledon and Putney. The Resident loves its selection of fresh juices and smoothies. Choose a croissant or a pastry, or a traditional eggs Florentine. The menu has a Turkish twist too, try Turkish eggs or a pide melt for a more exotic start to the day. Prices range from £4.20 to £11.50.
45 Northcote Road SW11 1NJ; brew-cafe.com
9 Powderkeg Diplomacy, Battersea
Victorian-themed bar and restaurant Powderkeg Diplomacy on Battersea’s St John’s Hill has an impressive weekend brunch menu featuring the likes of spiced buttermilk fried chicken with avocado, fried Cacklebean egg and scorched potato flatbread; the PK Breakfast with eggs, Gloucester old spot sausage, bacon, native mushrooms and tomato on sourdough; and even buttermilk pancakes with maple glazed banana and an optional bacon add-on. Served 10.30am-4.30pm on weekends.
147 St John’s Hill, Battersea SW11 1TQ; powderkegdiplomacy.co.uk
10 Honest Burgers, Clapham
On account of loving their burgers far too much, it took us a long time to venture into Honest Burgers at breakfast time. But the Honest Brunch, with smoked bacon, Cumberland sausage, black pudding, fried egg, garlic mushrooms, bubble & squeaHonest beans and sourdough, is certainly worth interrupting your burger routine for. You can also choose form the likes of avocado on toast with Brindisa chorizo, guacamole and fried egg on sourdough; Pork & Egg, featuring pork steak, Honest beans, bubble & squeak, fried egg and breakfast gravy; as well as a Brunch Burger with smoked bacon, Red Leicester, garlic mushrooms, bubble & squeak and ketchup with rosemary salted chips. There’s also a Bottomless Boozy Brunch option with any brunch dish plus unlimited booze (Fuller’s Frontier Lager, Prosecco, Bloody Mary) for £25. Served weekends 9.30am-1pm.
75 Venn Street, Clapham SW4 0BD; honestburgers.co.uk
11 Bistro Union, Clapham
Popular neighbourhood restaurant Bistro Union is open for brunch starting Friday. Hungry? You must try the BU Fry Up, which features amazing things like pigs in blankets and tater tots, as well as black pudding, your choice of egg, beans, smoked tomato, mushroom and toast. Alternatively, opt for a quintessentially British brunch and try Moxon’s Kipper baked in breakfast butter with a poached egg; baked duck egg with chorizo and chickpeas; or stacked maple pancakes with banana, pecans and cream. Brunch at Bistro Union is served from 9.30am to 4pm Friday to Sunday.
40 Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 9NG; bistrounion.co.uk
12 Tart, Clapham
Tart may only be a couple years old but this lively café has made quite a stir on Clapham’s busy Pavement. The brainchild of Brixton couple Jason (he’s the chef) and Jason (the marketing guru), Tart offers everything in the way of delicious tarts, both savoury and sweet. When we visited on a Sunday, the happy punters couldn’t get enough of the brunch specials and we particularly liked the Tart Benedict, soft poached eggs, parma ham and a delicious hollandaise sauce, all served in a tasty tart. These guys really know their coffee too with excellent Volcano flat whites ready to perk you up. Just the spot for a perfect weekend breakfast.
25 The Pavement, Clapham SW4 OJA; tartlondon.com
13 La Bonne Heure, Clapham
For an authentic Parisian foodie experience without leaving Clapham head to La Bonne Heure on Abbeville Road. This family-run restaurant has Gallic charm, with a relaxed atmosphere. For breakfast choose classics such as croissants (£1.50), Croque Monsieur (£5.50) or a French Basket including a croissant, pain au chocolat, ½ baguette with jam/butter (£5.95).
31 Abbeville Road, Clapham SW4 9LA; labonneheure.co.uk
14 Fantasia, Clapham Old Town
It’s neither new nor luxurious but for breakfast Fanstasia, a Clapham Old Town stalwart, does not disappoint. It’s been serving top quality all day breakfasts (and many more breakfasting options) to Claphamites for years. With a no-frills décor, the food is consistently good and an excellent value for your money.
36 Old Town, Clapham SW4 0LB; facebook.com