Cafe Diaries: September Brunch Roundup

I think it was around mid-September when I jolted up from my work desk after realising that we are (were by the time you read this) in September – with a pile of work that I had been procrastinating on for the whole Summer and now it’s only 3 months until Christmas?! 

In September we’ve gone through Summer then an idyllic Autumn then back to Summer then straight to a proper British Autumn i.e. chilly winds, rain and soggy yellow leaves on the ground. That aside, this month’s round-up is all about revisiting my old favourites and getting cosy, so let’s dive right in!



On last month’s roundup I went to Juliet’s Quality Foods, formerly known as Milk Teeth and little sister to MILK Cafe close-by in Balham.

MILK is one of the OG London brunch spots when brunch was just starting to be a thing (think year 2015), and known for their queues on the weekends. They have kept up with their delicious food and amazing coffee all these years and continued to serve it with their own touch – think creamy scrambled eggs with dehydrated miso, eggs benny with burnt butter hollandaise and weekly special pancakes!

I also had the grilled banana bread with burnt halva butter and pumpkin seed tahini which was pretty spectacular too!

MILK Coffee
18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9RG

Stoney Street by 26 Grains

If I had to describe Stoney Street (and her sister 26 Grains in Neal’s Yard) in Internet lingo, it would probably be cottagecore. (OK they are much more than girls in gingham headscarves, I take that back.)

Stoney Street is a relatively new addition to Borough Market. Like the original restaurant 26 Grains, Stoney Street focuses on seasonal ingredients and a wholesome, heartful menu – the famous 5 grain porridge topped with seasonal fruit compote, fresh pastries from Flor across the market, as well as cocktails in the evening. 

On my visit I had what I would describe as a “breakfast plate”: gorgeous smoked salmon with soda bread, scrambled eggs, shallot creme fraiche, pickled onion, whipped butter and a salad finished in a sweet vinaigrette. A bit of everything which was surprisingly filling!

Stoney Street by 26 Grains
2-3 Stoney St, London SE1 9AA

Over Under 

Over Under brings back so many memories of my time in university. Back then there really were not so many independent cafes around Kensington, and these guys popped up in Earl’s Court and became that new cool kid that were foreign to ’em posh Londoners (what coffee were they drinking before?). I used to go for coffee and avocado toast between lectures and it’s been a while since I moved to the East and kind of left it behind. Now they have just opened their FOURTH location in Ladbroke Grove, conquering a little bit of the West as they go.

They have an all-day brunch menu 7 days a week featuring some feel-good food: American-style pancake stack with seasonal fruits, toasted banana bread with chocolate ganache and reuben toastie! The cafe also turns into a cocktail bar after 6pm!

Over Under (Ladbroke Grove)
145 Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, London W10 6HJ

Bonus: Story Coffee

This one I had kept in my back pocket waiting desperately for them to reopen after the lockdown! 

Story Coffee proudly looks after the Clapham area, the OG location I LOVE for that clean, relaxing space. And just before the lockdown they had opened a sparkling new location in Wandsworth – a much larger space with this gorgeous marble counter, hand made hexagonal coffee tables and simple but delicious food. Their sweet sourdough French toast with poached pears is my favourite since I have started the ‘gram, as well as very good scrambled eggs!

Story Coffee 
Ram Quarter, 15 Barley Walk, Wandsworth, London SW18 1UL



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