Camden, the London borough of marketplace fame, is a popular weekend destination. It now offers a range of locations for the ever-growing phenomenon of brunch – from Italian to Spanish to classic urban breakfast fare, here are Camden’s best brunch offerings.
Offering a host of traditional favourites, as well as some classics with a twist, head to The Greek Larder for a truly Mediterranean take on brunch. Enjoy a Greek coffee, an espresso martini, or a non-alcoholic Bloody Goat cocktail and feast on flavourful mezze with an emphasis on clean, fresh flavours. Customers can also visit the delicatessen and bring a little piece of Greece home with them or pick up a lunchbox.
As well as the classic range of brunch favourites, such as eggs benedict, pancakes, and the full English, Made in Camden offers a sophisticated twist with a duck-egg omelette, and artichoke boccocini and smoked fig salad, although the sweet tooth might find their grilled banana and chocolate bread with whipped butter tempting. Made in Camden also offers a bottomless brunch for a little extra. It’s the ideal place to refuel before enjoying some entertainment at London’s famous Roundhouse.
As the name suggests, the atmosphere and décor of Café Renoir were inspired by impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This is an oasis of artistic vibrancy in the midst of busy London. The proprietors approach eating from a different perspective, offering art on the plate as well as on the walls with their elegant and beautiful displays of food as it is served. Café Renoir has an open, family-friendly, and welcoming atmosphere. Well worth sampling are the juices, freshly squeezed to order.
The Blues Kitchen has been dubbed ‘London’s very own home of BBQ blues rock n’roll’, looking as if it were part of a set from a spaghetti Western. The menu here boasts a range of quintessential American diner fare, including the wittily named burger-of-the-month, Cluck Monsieur, and a range of intriguing sounding sides, including Burnt End Brisket Beans. The Blues Kitchen boasts over 100 varieties of rare bourbon and an impressive deluxe BBQ blow out to rival any meat lover’s wildest drams.
Another American diner brazenly and proudly settled in London is Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar. It was formerly the Kentish Canteen, and before that the premises was a police station. It’s now been converted and downstairs you’ll find the Jailbird Basement bar with cosy booths in the alcoves where police cells once were. Joe’s menu features classics such as chicken wings, grits, and biscuits (akin to a savoury scone) with gravy (a little different from the British sauce of the same name). A particular highlight is the group dishes, to share with friends for a wholly hands-on eating experience.
Albertini Café, opened by brothers Albert and Tini, has rapidly established itself as a favourite in Camden with its family atmosphere and great cuisine. A particular favourite is their jacket potatoes, available with an extensive assortment of toppings: from traditional cheese and beans to prawn cocktail, spicy tuna, or mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, and avocado, true to Albertini’s Italian heritage. Their sandwich selection, featuring over thirty different fillings, is equally impressive.
Camino is passionate about its authenticity, to the extent that owner Richard Bigg insists on staff taking annual trips to Spain to ensure Camino’s continues to offer the true essence of Spain. Despite being part of a successful chain, Camino at Camden has retained a familiar, authentic atmosphere, filled with trinkets collected by the owner himself. For an alternative to the usual eggs and bacon, try a ‘Full Spanish’, or choose from Camino’s selection of all-day tapas, and accompany your meal with a sangria or sherry from Bar Pepito opposite.