I’ve found my new favourite brunch place. A bold statement to make. And it’s not because it’s round the corner from my house (though that does of course help). These are my reasons:
1) The Location
It’s not actually on Parsons Green, but more on Eel Brook Common. Which means it is far less busy than places like Hally’s (if you haven’t been, definitely check it out), so much easier to get a table. It is situated on the New Kings Road but the pavement is wide here, so they have a generous terrace with lots of tables. Ideal.
2) The Decor.
This is such a cosy, homely place. Lots of light woods, big mirrors (some of which have the menu scrawled on it), bright blue tables, funky art and vases spilling with flowers. It’s light and airy, with plenty of seating without it being too full. There is a wide bar with a coffee machine in a blue the colour of the tables outside, and huge plates of the most tempting cakes, pastries and cupcakes. What’s not to like?
3) The Food.
Their Summer Brunch menu is just the type of menu I like. It has all the healthy options – the bircher/poached eggs/sourdough bread variations, and even an option called ‘Health Plate’ (see photo below). But it also has the naughty options – blueberry buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and the corn cakes with smoked Yorkshire bacon, but they are not dripping in oil or butter. I came here with two friends, so the three of us tried the ‘Health Plate’, the pancakes and the corn cakes. They were as good as they sounded on the menu. While it’s pretty easy to re-create the Health Plate yourself, it’s still a very tempting choice. The pancakes were cooked to perfection – not dry at all – and I loved the Greek yoghurt with it on the side. But the corn cakes were my favourite. Maybe because it’s not my usual brunch choice, but mainly because the combination of bacon, the soft corn cakes and avocado/tomatoes/rocket works so well. The other dish that tempted me was the buckwheat crepes, as whenever I try and make these myself I fail miserably. I’ll be back for those.
During lunch we enjoyed a bottle of wine in the sun. Once we had licked our plates clean I still very much had the cherry and apricot cake in mind. Too irresistible and I highly recommend it. With a Macchiato it went down a treat.
Bottom line: this is an affordable and cosy place, where the food is excellent and the service friendly (if a little slow at times). I’m glad it’s my new local.
201 New Kings Road,
London, SW6 4SR
Monday to Friday 07:30 – 17:30
Saturday 08:30 – 17:30
Sunday 09:00 – 17:30