It’s fair to say that us Londoners love a good weekend brunch. Between our seemingly insatiable appetite for avocado and a penchant for bottomless booze, we’re certainly doing our best to keep London’s restaurants in business.
West Hampstead restaurants, cafés and coffee shops jumped on the brunch bandwagon to great success. You might not find a bottomless Bloody Mary or Mimosa option in the area, but what you will find is plenty of independent places delivering great food that’s made with love.
Let’s take a look at five of the best places for brunch in West Hampstead.
Wet Fish Café
The ever popular Wet Fish Café serve a mean weekend brunch. Get your avo fix with avocado, feta, lime, chilli and sunflower seeds on seeded brown toast or try the local speciality of ‘eggs West Hampstead’, – poached eggs, salt cod mash and hollandaise on muffins.
Washed down with a Bloody Mary (with a not-so-secret splash of port) or a green juice if you’re feeling particularly healthy.
Brioche on West End Lane probably has the largest brunch menu in West Hampstead. There are plenty of traditional options on offer but there are two standout dishes that always catch our eye.
First up is bruschetta with salmon and eggs. Think toasted bread drizzled with homemade pesto and topped with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Next up in the cheesed and toasted rarebits, a classic treat of chunky toast spread with their own rarebit mix (cheddar, eggs, beer, sage, onion and mustard).
Not a trendy new local restaurant, but a DIY breakfast kit from The Hampstead Butcher. Order a kit online and receive everything you need for a fry-up for four.
The breakfast box includes four classic pork sausages, four Cumberland pork sausages, six rashers of green back dry cured bacon, six rashers of smoked dry cured streaky bacon, one black pudding ring, half a dozen eggs and a bottle of Oxford Sauce.
The Sanctuary Café
There aren’t many places in London you can get avocado on sourdough for less than a fiver these days, so when you find one it is quite a big deal. Prices are reasonable across the board at the Sanctuary Café with porridge, granola, pastries and bacon baps ranging in price from £2 - £4.
The coffee is great and there’s a range of herbal teas available too.
If the best place for brunch is measured in terms of coffee alone then Wired on Broadhurst Gardens will likely top your list. Choose between an espresso, long black, macchiato, piccolo, flat white, latte or cappuccino – but if you’re visiting later in the day, an affogato is the only way to go.
The food menu is reassuringly short. We recommend either the greek yogurt with granola, berries and honey or the old school cheddar toastie with beans and Worcestershire sauce.
The Kitchen Table
Local residents Daniel (@damawa42) and John (@JfmJm) heartily recommend the family-run Kitchen Table on Mill Lane for brunch. We love the look of this huge brunch dish that features scrambled egg, avocado, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and sourdough bread.
Where's your favourite place for brunch in West Hampstead?
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