Just like every other basic bitch twenty-something woman in London, I love a good brunch, and having lived in the Clapham area for the past few years, I’ve tried A LOT of them.
As a vegetarian, you often want to know beforehand that you’ll be decently catered for in a restaurant – otherwise they might just throw you a few leaves or a potato and expect you to be happy (FFS).
That’s why I’ve rounded up the best vegetarian brunches in Clapham for all veggies to try – and yes, this was a lot of fun to research.
Best veggie dish: Melted Smoked Chedder and Crushed Avocado Omelette, £7.90
This cafe has had a revamp recently, and the interiors and customer service are now so much better. The biggest improvement though is the menu; gone is the tired all breakfast buffet and now they serve up delicious omelettes crammed with flavour.
The cheese-filled omelette topped with avocado is an absolute winner if you’re looking for something hearty and filling.
Best veggie dish: Fried Cacklebean egg, cavolo nero and crispy potato £10
This trendy restaurant has food critics raving, but a word of warning – the portions here are all about quality rather than quantity, which might not be what you’re looking for if you’re hungover and ravenous.
However, if it’s fine ingredients and unusual flavours you’re after, then The Dairy is the place to go.
We were perched at high stools for our breakfast, which for me consisted of a vegetarian version of the beef cheek dish on the brunch menu (they replace the beef with butternut squash, as you can see above).
It was very tasty, if a little tiny post-gym. Basically, what I’m confessing here is that I went home and had some toast afterwards. #sorrynotsorry
Best veggie dishes:
Smashed avocado with feta and poached eggs on sourdough £9
French toast brioche with mascarpone and maple banana £9.90
You need to get to Brickwood before 10.30am if you want to sit down straight away – with it’s Aussie charm and brilliant coffee, this is one of Clapham’s most popular brunch joints.
My go-to on the menu is definitely the avocado, feta and eggs on toast because let’s face it, it’s the #basicbitch dish of choice.
However, if you’re looking for something sweet, the French toast is unbelievably good. I mean it’s probably about a million calories but definitely worth every one of them.
After much research, I’ve found the best tactic is to take a mate and go halves, treating the French toast as dessert.
Best veggie brunch: Homemade granola, creamy yoghurt and fresh fruit, £4.95
Eco is a bit weird in that it’s kind of a pizza restaurant but also does everything else. I like the chilled-out, industrial vibe though, and the service is quick and efficient.
If you love baked eggs and frittatas, this restaurant has some great veggie options, but in the interest of changing things up (and because I was too hungover for anything big when I visited), I’m including this lighter number from the breakfast menu.
Sweet, juicy strawberries, crunchy granola and thick, creamy yoghurt – combined with an Americano this is just what you need (incidentally while I ate this, my boyfriend was eating a massive 11am calzone, so we must have looked like a strange pair!)
Best veggie brunch: Poached eggs, potato flatbread and sorrel, £7.50 with avocado side, £4.50
The Manor is sister restaurant to The Dairy, and equally lauded by critics, but I have to say I prefer this place, which is on a side street of the main road.
For brunch it’s a lighter, more spacious environment that The Dairy, plus it’s cheaper and the portions are slightly bigger, but come with the same interesting flavour combinations and textures.
I’m aware this brunch looks a little weird from the snap above, but four of us had it and agreed it was bloody delicious! The potato flatbread was salty and filling, the poached eggs were perfectly done and I loved the creamy sauce on top. Avocado on the side but it made a lovely addition too.
Best veggie brunch: Wild mushroom, spinach and potato hash topped with melted tallegio cheese, crispy shallots, £9.50
Considering the Clapham North is a pub, I was amazed with the array of brunch options, but the enticement of wild mushrooms was too much to pass up on.
When this pan was placed in front of me, I have to admit I was a bit like ‘Is that it?’, but the flavours of the mushrooms and cheese combined were so rich that actually I felt satisfied for hours afterwards (read: cheese coma).
Some of the stuff on the menu here is wildly expensive considering it is a pub (and you smell the faint night-before booze aroma in the air), but if you get a window booth and choose carefully it’s a nice, laid-back place to go on a weekend.
What are your favourite vegetarian brunch spots? Let me know in the comments below!