Whether you’re starting your day with a kick or feeling a bit pickled from the night before, we’ve rounded up some of the healthiest and delectable brunch spots in and around Battersea & Clapham for you to enjoy
Words Charlotte Johnstone
The Dynamo, Putney
Known as the ‘hub for pizza, coffee and cycles’ this place is wheely good for brunch. Their menu emphasises the most important meal (breakfast) in an effort to get you going for the day ahead. Items include a range of egg-based dishes (including chilli scrambled eggs), as well as some delicious and healthy options like warm banana bread. We love the sound of their Breakfast Bowl made with chia seed pudding, DNMO granola, coconut yoghurt, mango puree, blended with summer fruits. If you’re a cycling aficionado, you’ll love that they show the Spring Classics live here.
Gazette Brasserie, Putney
Gazette emulates the ethos and style of a French café. Sister to two other Gazette brasseries in Battersea and Balham, they offer a range of healthy, continental and cooked brunches and breakfasts for whatever takes your fancy. Start your day ‘á la Française’ and go for freshly cooked buttered croissants, pain au chocolat or sourdough with homemade jams and marmalade. Alternatively, go for a hearty cooked breakfast. They call it ‘the Full French’. If you’re looking for something quick and healthy, pick up a freshly made-to-order juice, smoothie or milkshake – with mix and match fruit to your taste.
The Queen Adelaide, Wandsworth
On Saturdays, it’s got to be The Queen Adelaide. Brunch brings a veritable feast of classy dishes such as confit duck hash and smoked trout on a toasted muffin. Good news for those with pickled heads after a busy Friday night. They have a range of cold presses and smoothies designed to ‘beet’ the hangover out of you. Geddit? They also have a secret beer garden, a perfect way to spend brunch time in the sunshine.
Flotsam and Jetsam, Wandsworth
This stylish and nautically-themed independent café in Wandsworth is full of Antipodean charm. A market-led menu offers an all-day brunch. From hearty egg-based classics to something a little different like the beet n squash; honey roasted squash, goats cheese, beetroot and caperberry salsa on charcoal sourdough with cumin salt.
Brew Café, Putney
Brew is all about good values and an honest approach. Every day the butcher, Salvatore, cures the bacon using Camden Hells’ lager. Moran, the development chef, ensures you have the perfect eggs. The in-house gardener, David, grows all of the vegetables and herbs in the flourishing gardens. Pushing for local food, he has inspired Brew to launch their first farm site in 2017. And not forgetting where your croissants, bread or granola come from, Shani is Brew’s celebrated pastry chef. Aside from a mouthwatering selection of pancakes, banana bread and croissants, if you just fancy a bowl of Coco Pops you’ll be pleased to know that this is also on the menu.
Weekend brunches will never be the same once you’ve tried Mommi on Clapham High Street. With an eclectic vibe, vibrant interior and a super buzzy atmosphere, it’s a festival of style and flavour. Weekends start with a boozy bottomless brunch comprising three courses drawn from American, South American and Japanese cuisine. Think Latin Benedict and Sashimi salad. From 12pm on Saturdays DJs provide live sets. What’s more, all the menus here are now gluten free.
Boma WBR, Wandsworth
Boma WBR (Wandsworth Bridge Road) is one of three independent Boma restaurants to sweep the capital off its feet with its banger of a brunch menu. It has a seasonally changing menu and uses produce as locally sourced as possible. In fact their entire ethos yields community spirit, “local people, local suppliers and local spirit”. For them nothing is too much trouble.
Social Pantry, Battersea
Voted by Time Out readers as the best cafe in Battersea, the Social Pantry has been serving the residents and guests of Battersea since 2013. Look no further for ‘The Ultimate Avo on Toast’, chomp on Chai spiced French toast, melt over the mascarpone mushrooms. Their seasonal dishes are a festoon of colour and vibrancy, with all ingredients supplied by Ginger Pig. Relax in the laid-back atmosphere of the cafe itself or take it home for that really chilled out Saturday morning you deserve.
No 32 The Old Town, Clapham
Nothing sounds better than the thought of brunch with pals in the sunshine. That’s why No 32 Old Town is the perfect destination for a weekend get together over scratch-cooked sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado, shaved bacon and breakfast mayo. Their limewashed terrace hits the spot for al fresco dining on a warm, sunny brunch time. But if the weather’s not so good, their stylish and design-led restaurant is the perfect backdrop.
Brunch at Tart is sorted. The coffee and bakery offers locals and visitors an accessible menu, including gluten free options and vegan alternatives. Come here for Tart Benedict with poached eggs, Parma ham and Hollandaise sauce on a puff pastry. Or the smashed avo with lime and chilli on sourdough. Their main aim is to bake the best savoury tarts in the land. We concur.