Brunch at Ben’s Canteen

30 Jan

It’s taken a while for London to wake up (ahem) to the brunch idea. Breakfast isn’t a foreign concept to the UK (a Full English, anyone?) but somehow it never really has been excuse to catch up with friends late morning, drink good coffee (or a cocktail) and choose from a menu offering more than fried eggs, toast, beans and bacon.

But like the Flat White, brunch has now arrived to the Big Smoke, and even better it’s ventured from Antipodean eateries (who know all about good brunch and good coffee) in the East, through Central to South West London where I live.

St John’s Hill in Clapham Junction has undergone a quiet revival with pubs being refurbished, delis and coffee houses opening and more than one restaurant to choose from.

My friend Janca and I chose to ‘do brunch’ at Ben’s Canteen – which when I’d driven past on my bus always seemed popular.

As we caught up, we drank good coffee and picked from the menu of eggs to order. Iopted for the Veggie Ben with wilted spinach,  black mushrooms, beans (not totally off the menu), tomatoes and a poached egg. Janca opted for the Eggs Benedict.

Our brunch

Ben’s is cosy with wooden floors and furniture, the staff friendly, the food good and reasonably priced. Welcome to the brunch club.

PS Janca and I regularly meet up for breakfast and recommend The Pantry in Wandsworth and Nopi in Soho (just get there before noon as that’s when they change the menu to lunch) for a morning meal. And according to Janca, the best Eggs Benedict she’s had in London is at Konnigans.

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