Best of the West: my favourite brunch spots in west London
So you’ve exhausted all of my recommendations in east London, checked out my favourite picks south of the river, and now it’s time to head to a different part of the city for the most important meal of the weekend. Below you’ll find a list of my favourite brunch locations scattered across west London. Use this an excuse to explore further afield, and all for a good cause: finding the best brunch in the city.
Sister restaurant to Pachamama, Chicama is a chic Peruvian restaurant located at one end of the King’s Road. With an outdoor terrace (wonderful in summer) and plush, pink interiors, Chicama serves up Peruvian cuisine that’s just as tasty as it is photogenic. You’ll find ceviche dishes next to more unexpected options on the menu: tapioca marshmallows, broccoli with burnt butter hollandaise, and squid ink rice are amongst the more experimental offerings.
Granger & Co, Notting Hill
A Notting Hill institution, now boasting four locations across London, Granger & Co is London’s original Australian brunch spot. Expect queues every day of the week here, but it’s most definitely worth the wait. The seasonal menu always offers inventive dishes, but some of their classics never change, and for good reason too: order the creamy scrambled eggs on toast, the ‘Full Aussie’, or their infamous ricotta hotcakes (pillowy clouds of goodness, topped with maple syrup, banana, and honeycomb butter). If you didn’t know, Granger & Co invented hotcakes before they became a thing. Yep. These guys are the real deal.
Milk Beach, Queen’s Park
Australian cafe Milk Beach only opened last year, but has had a strong local following since, and it’s easy to see why: this neighbourhood spot pays close attention to detail, and clearly takes great pride in its coffee and brunch offering. Step inside, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Sydney, what with the marble tables, rattan lampshades, and whitewashed walls. From the toasted banana bread with espresso butter (which literally melts in the mouth), to the coddled eggs in a jar served with sweet potato puree and sourdough soldiers, all of the dishes here are well executed, and ingredients are carefully sourced. Milk Beach also offers a curated evening menu, featuring small, sharing dishes.
Urban Pantry, Chiswick
This neighbourhood joint in the heart of Chiswick is buzzing with locals on the weekends, and for good reason. Expect hearty portions, and tasty brunch options that tick all of the boxes. Their avocado toast is a delicious affair, served on sourdough with dukkah, poached eggs, and halloumi, or opt for one of their full English brekkies (whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian, or vegan, they’ll have a tasty option for you).
Eggbreak, Notting Hill
A stone’s throw away from the candy coloured houses of Notting Hill Gate, Eggbreak is a cosy spot offering all of your brunch classics and more, with a whole lotta eggy dishes thrown in too. Favourites on the menu include the cornflake-crusted French toast with caramel sauce, and babaganoush with toasted pita bread and poached eggs. Expect monthly specials planned around dates in the calendar, such as fun pancake options for Pancake Day, and a jerk patty burger with sweet potato fries during Notting Hill Carnival.