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.

ESCA

esca vegetarian brunch clapham

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.

THE DAIRY

the dairy vegetarian brunch clapham

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

BRICKWOOD

brickwood avocado and feta on toast

(Image: Instagram/TheLondonFoodQueen)

 

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.

ECO

eco vegetarian brunch clapham

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!)

THE MANOR

the manor clapham vegetarian brunch

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.

THE CLAPHAM NORTH

clapham north brunch vegetarian

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!

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review veggie pret menu

If you’re vegetarian or vegan, Pret is definitely one of the best lunch options on the high street, since the company actually acknowledges we don’t all just want to eat egg and cress sandwiches every day until we die (probably of boredom).

In fact, the meat-free Veggie Pret in Soho proved such a success that it’s become a permanent fixture, and now there’s a brand new menu for us to enjoy across all stores.

pret apple pomegranate pot

Being a real martyr for the veggie cause, I decided to put myself out on a limb for you guys and try a load of stuff from the new menu, which is available now. Here’s what I thought…

Cauliflower and Chickpea Dhal – £3.45, VEGAN

This was the stuff of of dreams. All too often veggie soups can be seriously bland, but this soup, which contains delicate cauliflower florets alongside chickpeas, split peas, lentils, tomato and some bloody delicious spices was an absolute TREAT for the tastebuds. Another plus point is that it’s thick rather than watery, so you’ll stay full.

Apple and Pomegranate Overnight Oats – £1.99, VEGAN


Gluten-free oats meet almond milk, grated apple and pomegranate – this is one of Pret’s new breakfast offerings, suitable for vegans. It was perfectly edible, although slightly underwhelming, and the portion size is a bit on the skimpy side for greedy types like me (it certainly wouldn’t make a whole breakfast in itself!) Personally I prefer Pret’s classic bircher muesli, which is flippin’ delicious.

Rainbow Veggie Pot, £2.25 – VEGAN

Pret Rainbow Veggie Pot

A colourful pot combining humous, chantenay carrots, radishes and mustard cress. This was lovely in the same way that any crudités/humous combo is infinitely pleasing. I’ll be honest, for a week’s worth of lunches you’d be much better off buying a big tub of humous and some vegetables, but obviously Pret is about convenience, not money-saving, and on that count this is a winner. It’s so pretty too, like a little vegetable garden!

Greens & Grains Soup, £3.45 – VEGAN

Another freakin’ delicious soup. It looks like I’m now going to have a few rivals to my love of Pret’s Pea & Mint. This tasty lunchtime option contains a load of vegetables (spinach, petit pois, broccoli, basil, leek, cavolo nero, onion) mixed up with brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat and millet to provide body. As my South Wales brethren would say, it’s LUSH.

Courgetti Veggie Pot, £2.25 – VEGGIE

Pret Courgetti Veggie Pot

I’m not going to lie, I found this one a bit ‘meh’, mainly because too the very watery raita – excess liquid is a problem I always get with courgetti! It also felt a bit lacking in flavour and excitement, although credit where credit’s due, it’s certainly healthy.

Asian Greens Veggie Pot, £2.49 – VEGAN

Pret Asian Greens Veggie Pot

A lovely way to get your greens, this pot contains avocado, peas, edamame and coriander (soz coriander haters!) The veggies are brought to life by the Asian dressing, with is really tasty and satisfyingly thick.

There is also a bunch of other stuff on the new menu including a vegan Mango Chia Pot which is literally always sold out (I reckon it must be a good’un), Coconut Porridge and Spiced Corn and Quinoa Soup. Additionally, the chain will be offering coconut milk versions of its hot drinks, which makes a nice change from bloody soy milk.

All in all, a good update from Pret, because anyone offering more options to veggies gets my approval!

The Aviary restaurant London rooftop
I bloody love a rooftop bar and restaurant, so when I heard about the launch of The Aviary in Finsbury Square, I decided to go along and check out the view (and food, of course!)

The Aviary restaurant London rooftop
I went on a Sunday, which is always a weird time of the week to hang out in this part of the City –  I get a bit freaked out by the fact that even the Pret A Mangers are shut (say wuuut?!)

However, The Aviary, located on the 10th floor of the Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, has a nice welcoming, cosy feel, with glamorous gold and cream interiors, plush seats and a glistening bar at the centre of the restaurant.

The Aviary restaurant London rooftop
The terrace is also pretty special – although we were there on a freezing cold day, I can just imagine how glorious it would be sitting there enjoying cocktails with friends on a Summer’s evening.

As for the food, I was definitely impressed. The number of veggie options wasn’t vast but the food was delicious; I went for the Ricotta Gnocchi with squash, turnips, salsify and sprout leaves, which combined the most wonderful flavours with a satisfying stodginess (although, being greedy, I could’ve done with a bit more!)

The Aviary restaurant London rooftop vegetarian
Sam, my boyfriend(well fiance, but I can’t get used to saying that), went for the Sirloin Steak, which, according to the menu came from a ‘retired dairy cow’. Being a vegetarian this obviously made me a bit mournful for the poor cow who spent a life being milked only to end up on Sam’s dinner plate, but he assured me that the GINORMOUS steak was very good indeed.

The Aviary restaurant London rooftop
Oh and after nicking all his triple cooked chips I can confirm they were scrumptious as well.

The Aviary restaurant London rooftop
We ended our meal with dessert – sticky toffee pudding for me (perfectly good) and After Eight arctic roll for Sam. The latter is definitely worth a try, especially if like me you’ve always dismissed arctic roll as a bit crap; not so with this gorgeous pud, which I can foresee will be a bit of a signature dish for this place.

The Aviary restaurant London rooftop after eight arctic roll
The staff were very nice – hardly surprising given it was the restaurant’s first week open – and the atmosphere was  peaceful, which may also have something to do with the fact not many people know about this restaurant yet.

The Aviary restaurant London rooftop
I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets a whole lot busier on weekends going forward, particularly when they start offering roasts. If you’re looking for lunch or dinner with a view, then definitely swoop on in to The Aviary.

More info on The Aviary here.