There is nothing quite like a midweek brunch. For those unacquainted with London life, weekends can often mean endless queues outside those ‘best brunch spots’ you’ve never been bothered to wake up early enough to try. Well, amen to annual leave that’s what I say.
As we were up bright and early most of the hideouts on Abbeville Road weren’t open yet. A wander along Clapham Common soon lead us to Australian/New Zealand inspired coffee and bread house, Brickwood. With a reputation for those long London queues, we managed to secure a table for three pretty pronto.
To eat, my Mum kept things simple subsidising chorizo for smoked salmon with smashed avocado and poached eggs on sourdough toast. Drizzled in olive oil, this classic brunch dish was fresh and tasty. My brother was a little more adventurous opting for the breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, hash nuggets, carnitas (pork), red pepper salsa and guacamole. Served in a plastic basket with a small dish of sour cream it was a spicy and an absolutely delicious breakfast concoction! I was tempted by the sound of the sweet potato, poached eggs and halloumi dish. Little did I know it would be such a huge portion! The waitress asked whether I wanted maple bacon, to which I responded “I don’t know, is it good?”, she told me it was really good so of course I said yes. Served with two slices of sourdough toast, smothered in kale pesto and sprinkled with pine nuts. It was a monstrous dish, but oh-so-delicious, and the maple bacon really did make it! Sweet, sticky, salty, crunchy, with oozing eggs yolks and squeaky grilled halloumi – it was every adjective on one plate.
Brickwood has a brilliant menu with plenty of unique dishes to choose from. I’m told the banana bread served with expresso whipped butter is a must-try but the sweet potato had defeated me this time around. I’d love to go back for a sourdough toasty and cake. A favourite coffee house for many Clapham residents, it might just be time to brave those queues for Brickwood.
ADDRESS: 16 Clapham Common South Side, London SW4 7AB
OPENING HOURS: 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday
CONTACT: 020 7819 9614