It’s a bank holiday weekend which makes today’s post the most perfectly timed ever. Today I’m talking about brunch, more specifically my favourite places for brunch in Streatham. Brunch is my favourite meal, whoever invented it is probably my favourite person of all time. Yes, really! Brunch to me is a meal worth taking some time over. It’s an opportunity to refuel, to spend some time catching up with friends, to just pause and enjoy life.
But why do I love brunch so much? There are two reasons. First it’s because on weekdays I am rushing to work and then eating at my desk so a long lazy weekend brunch is pure decadence. And the second? I think it’s because I’ve been having Sunday brunch for as long as I can remember. As a child we often had a proper cooked breakfast for Sunday brunch, it would be the one day that everyone took it a little slower. We’d have bacon, poached eggs, breakfast saute and beans mid-morning and then a roast dinner in the early evening. In between the two meals there would be gardening, or a family walk in the woods, hockey matches or shopping trips. Talk about the most perfect (food) day. And also an excellent memory, so of course I want to try and recreate that feeling as often as possible.
I’ve lived in Streatham for almost three years now so I’ve eaten a lot of brunches in this area! The following list is my current favourites. Although if feels like there’s constantly somewhere new to try, so don’t be surprised if there’s a new version of this list out before the end of the year! So without further ado let’s dive into Streatham’s best brunch places.
So the Blackbird Bakery is relatively new to Streatham. It started out life as an East Dulwich market stall and has grown into seven stores around South London. Once you taste their bread you’ll understand why. As well as a sit-down area you can head to the counter and buy the breads and cakes on display. Something I highly recommend. We often pick up a sourdough loaf and it lasts for the whole weekend. If you do sit in for brunch then you won’t be disappointed. I can highly recommend the eggs or the pancakes. Plus the juices and coffee are perfect. Also it is always worth checking the special board – I devoured a delicious plate of french toast a few weeks back, which I am still dreaming about!
The Railway Tearooms is part of the pub with the same name opposite Streatham Common station. This is my local pub/tearooms and brunch spot and it’s a place I visited a lot while visiting estate agents and traipsing around what felt like every house nearby. In fact I distinctly remember sipping iced coffee and sharing a caramel brownie with Fi before viewing our current house. For brunch I always go for the vegetarian breakfast roll, it’s a brioche roll filled with a cheddar & spinach patty, cheese and a fried egg. It’s messy to eat but tastes delicious, especially with a side of bacon and a flat white to wash it all down. In the summer you can sit outside in the beer garden too, which is a lovely way to start the day.
This one is another chain in South London, these cafes are Australian themed and serve brunch classics and Australian favourites. I’ve been to the Clapham one a few times, so when it finally came to Streatham I knew that I would definitely be frequenting it. With my cousin visiting last weekend we popped up to Brickwood and had a proper breakfast feast. All three of us opted for the french toast, mine with bacon and the other two with stewed banana and strawberries. Basically we had to go for the same thing, as no-one wanted food envy! Alongside coffees and juice, we also shared a Tim Tam muffin. Because Tim Tams are an Australian classic and this muffin needed to be sampled.
This pub opened near the common a few months ago and since then I’ve visited quite a few times. The roast dinners here are so good, the decor is fun and the well-placed TVs are always showing sport. The brunch menu is so good here. The eggs are perfect, and the breakfast wrap looks, and sounds, amazing. Although I’ve not actually had an opportunity to try said wrap yet, I will do soon though!
So there we have it. My top four places for brunching in Streatham. Have you ever visited Streatham? Does this brunch list tempt you? If you’re ever my way then let’s definitely get a brunch date in!