Recent years have seen Brits consistently Instagramming their latte art and poached eggs. Clerkenwell is a neighbourhood that is built around its food hotspots, meaning that the coffee and brunch choices are amongst the best in the city. Read on for a guide to some of our favourites.
With an extensive breakfast menu as well as a brunch menu, Workshop Coffee, a hipster hangout on Clerkenwell Road, is one of the best places to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning. Choose from an array of enticing options such as spiced pear and pistachio bread, crab and pimento mac ‘n’ cheese or a classic eggs Benedict, poached to perfection.
Bill Granger, an Australian chef known for his unbeatable scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes, brought his successful restaurant business to London after successfully opening hubs in both Sydney and Japan. His enticing restaurants have gone from strength to strength and after a trip to the Clerkenwell branch it is easy to see why. Here is a spot were diners can relax in a space that really suits the creative nature of the local area. The scrambled eggs are a must, especially paired with his classic, Aussie style breakfast.
The country house vibe at B&H Buildings takes diners away from the buzz of the city for a few hours; this restaurant is one of the most relaxing places in Clerkenwell to while away the morning. The brunch menu includes poached eggs and salmon, smashed avocado on toast and sumptuous French toast served with a range of toppings. Choose from either a Seasonal Bellini or a Bloody Mary and enjoy as many refills as you could possibly want.
Clerkenwell is home to London’s only working meat market, Smithfields: pop into Smiths for a hearty bacon sarnie in the ground floor cafe. The open spaces and exposed brickwork give off a very downtown Brooklyn vibe.
Situated at one end of Exmouth Market, Caravan boasts first class service. It is one of the better value options in the area, where you can get a freshly baked pastry or muffin and a coffee for around £5. The brunch menu, served until 4pm at the weekend, has a fantastic array of dishes. The Welsh Rarebit on sourdough is particularly good but other options such as the orange scented pancakes are equally delicious.