Having lived in Fulham for the past six years, I’ve seen the area transform into the ideal place for a relaxed but lively weekend brunch.
Below are my favourites, some new, some old:
St Clements £/££
201 New King’s Rd
A short walk from Parsons Green you’ll find St Clements, a small, cosy cafe which is perfect for brunch or lunch. It opened in 2014, and since then I’ve been back multiple times for their excellent corn fritters with chorizo and avocado. They’re also known for their coffee (which is fantastic). On a sunny day I love sitting on their spacious terrace which faces Eelbrook Common. Read my full review here.
Manuka Kitchen £/££
510 Fulham Road
Possibly one of Fulham’s most ‘famous’ brunch venues (along with Hally’s, of course), Manuka Kitchen is up there with one of my favourites. For those who don’t know – Manuka is a type of honey (the healthy, organic type). But despite this, not all their dishes contain Manuka, so honey-haters don’t despair. The place itself is very simple, wooden tables, some bric-a-brac chairs, an open kitchen. Their Full English Breakfast is one of the best I’ve had – with all the trimmings but without all the grease. Their French Toast with roasted banana, bacon and maple syrup is delicious too. They now also have a gin bar downstairs (510 Below) and opened Salt & Honey in Bayswater (which I recommend both for brunch and dinner).
Megan’s Deli and Restaurant ££
571 King’s Road, London SW6 2EB
Perhaps Fulham’s ‘Grand Dame’ of brunch, Megan’s is one of the originals in Fulham. I love strolling down the New King’s Road and seeing the cheerful blue sign hanging outside. It’s often totally full upstairs so I usually end up downstairs, depending on the weather either outside on their ‘garden terrace’ or inside at one of their cosy wooden tables. You’re welcomed by a mouth-watering array of cakes and pastries by the main entrance and downstairs by huge plates of various salads and organic delicious quiches. The staff (many cheerful Italians) are charming and add to the brunch experience. You can can have dinner here, never tried, but meant to be good. But I think Brunch beats all.
Hally’s & Little H ££
60 New King’s Road
This wonderful Parson’s Green duo have been rocking it since the day they opened. Hally’s, the larger flagship cafe, opened first in 2013 and Little H followed a year or so later. Both offer excellent brunches, with Little H more focused on healthy ‘Cali-style’ food and juices. Hally’s is especially wonderful when the weather is good, and its doors open up completely. The food is great, as are their cakes and pastries and it’s easy to see why this is a favourite amongst all locals (but therefore always very full). Full review here.
Chairs & Coffee £
512 Fulham Road
I’m not quite sure why this place gets overlooked, perhaps because it’s right next to Manuka Kitchen (see above) or maybe people think the chairs hanging from the walls are a little odd (they are, to be fair!). But Chairs & Coffee certainly stands its own ground when it comes to brunch. Firstly the menu is very good value, with few dishes over £7. Secondly, the food (and coffee) is really good. They do a variation of avocado on sourdough toast, or scrambled eggs with various toppings (mushrooms / chorizo / gorgonzola / bacon / smoked salmon). Their banana bread is meant to be out of this world (the Canadian version sounds incredible), so I’ll be back for this. They also offer a number of freshly made juices, their Green Juice being my favourite.
Shot Espresso £/££
11 Jerdan Place
Not necessarily a brunch place per se, but absolutely one of the best places to grab a coffee and a croissant on the go en route to Fulham Broadway. Or, if there’s a table free in this tiny establishment, definitely grab a seat, because it’s so cosy there and the staff are all super friendly. In the evening is becomes more like an Italian Aperitivo bar, with Aperol Spritzes and wine (and Espressos, of course). Right opposite Shot you’ll find Slice & Ice, which they opened a year or so after Shot. Here they service pizza and ice cream (surprise surprise) and on warm summer evenings their two little ‘terraces’ almost meet. Their newest venue is Bistro by Shot, which serves a good brunch too. But my go-to is Shot Espresso.
24-32 Vanston Place, London SW6 1AX
Tucked behind Fulham Broadway on Vanston Place, the first time I walked passed it (a good five years ago) I peered in and was surprised to see a table with the hugest range of cakes and a rustic laid-back attire. Not something you’d expect from a North African restaurant chain. It is actually a half ‘cafe’/’deli’/’bakery’ and half North African restaurant. You can reserve for the restaurant, but not for the deli. Understandable the deli is always packed; huge wooden tables filled with cheerful people. Peak-times means it is chock-a-block which often means delayed service in the deli area. The brunch menu is extensive, with all the usuals and lots of freshly squeezed juices (I enjoyed my beetroot and apple one).
Other recent openings are the Retro Cafe (excellent value, 225 Munster Road), Local Hero (Fulham Road) and Hangar SW6 (a steak restaurant which also offers brunch, Fulham Broadway).