In the name of journalism, we hunted down the very best in veggie brunches when it comes to London.
Tucked behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street lies the quieter neighbourhood of Fitzrovia, home to infamous roads such as Charlotte Street, Great Titchfield street, Great Portland Street and the serene brunch spot, Kin. Founded in 2014 and run by father and son team, Peter and Charlie, Kin is built on the simple idea of sourcing and providing honest, fresh and healthy food; and believe me, it really does deliver on an all veggie brunch menu.
As soon as your step inside the quaint café, you are met by the beautiful scandi-style interior and a counter top full of home baked treats. I took a table in the back corner and took my time perusing the menu. I settled on a oat-milk flat white (a common theme in this vegetarian brunch series) and the vegetarian breakfast. What really caught my attention about the breakfast was that they’d really tried to break away from the traditional full English minus the sausage and bacon. New and innovative elements such as pickled mushrooms, home baked chickpea bread and spinach, tomato and caper relish brought new life to the classic breakfast and I have to say, it really hit the spot! Kin also offer a Vegan breakfast amongst other vegan and veggie options such as pancakes with coconut bacon and coconut yoghurt. If you’re tired of going out to restaurants and having the choice of the only veggie option on the menu, then Kin is definitely for you.
Trendy Balham definitely has its fair share of brunch spots and coffee shops but Brother Marcus is something just that little bit different. Founded by 3 school friends, we arrived on a typically busy Sunday morning to an unsurprising queue of people gathered by the door; a true sign of good food. Once inside, work your way through the tables and you will find yourself in the most picturesque, fairy light lit, patio-heater warmed garden. Even on a chilly October morning, sitting in this little garden was such a lovely way to start the day. I went for the ‘The Step Sister’ and the courgette fritters were to die for, so delicious and so beautifully presented! Naturally I went for a coffee but my other half tried one of their shakes and coined it one of the best he’d ever tried, and he’s tried a lot! Being the nosy person that I am, I noticed the table next to us tucking into the waffles and I’ve never seen a plate of food look so decadent… I was definitely tempted to order round 2! And not forgetting the staff who were really lovely and attentive, even when they got our order wrong, they quickly resolved it and without any fuss. So if you’re in South West London, and looking to try something new, head over to Brother Marcus and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Unfortunately, like most places, they don’t take bookings but if you have to queue, it’s definitely worth the wait.
If chocolate shop turned bottomless brunch café doesn’t turn your head then I’m not sure what will. As a relatively new adventure, Jaz & Jul’s definitely still have a few teething problems to iron out but that didn’t detract from the quality of food on offer. An all vegetarian, chocolate inspired menu definitely left us spoilt for choice but luckily their brunch offering lets you choose one savoury and one sweet item; it just gets better and better. Whilst I settled quickly for the ‘Veggie breakfast hash’ and the ‘French Toast’ my brunch companion opted for the ‘Baked egg’s and ‘Berry Waffles’. Sipping on prosecco was how we chose to accompany our brunch (I mean, why wouldn’t you) but you can also select from their incredible selection of hot chocolates. And if you’re feeling extra luxurious, why not add a shot of your chosen tipple too? So, if you fancy choosing from a menu where you are not limited not only one or two options, then definitely pay Jaz & Juls a visit.
Now to me, Bill’s was always a lunchtime or dinner treat and I had never really considered it as a brunch option, let alone for a vegetarian brunch but I can honestly say I have been proved wrong. Un-surprisingly busy on a chilly October Sunday, my other and half and I tucked ourselves into a corner booth and drooled over the menu. I opted for the vegetarian breakfast mainly because it came with toast covered in guacamole and roasted tomato humus (yum) but if my stomach had allowed it, I 100% would have ordered the buttermilk pancakes because someone on the table next to us ordered them and oh my goodness, they looked like the fluffiest, thickest, dreamiest pancakes I have ever seen. The veggie pancakes come with banana, strawberries and blueberries but you can opt for the bacon version if someone in your party isn’t a vegetarian. Typically I had a coffee which was tasted really great and also typically my other half ordered a banoffee milkshake which he stated was delicious. So whilst Bills might be more of a mainstream option compared to some other really great independent options, you can rest assured that you are going to get top quality food every single time.
Step into Tota, set just south of Tooting Broadway station, and you are instantly welcomed by the friendly staff and host who will do the upmost to make you feel at home. At night, Tota is home to a fantastic cocktail list and beautiful dinner menu, but at the weekend the tables turn and it is the weekend menus time to shine. Whilst host to a number of veggie options, I went for the ‘Full Hippy’ which consisted of eggs your way, the most delicious homemade bubble and squeak, un-real veggie sausages (some of the best I’ve had), baked beans, spinach and halloumi; a true feast. Tota is 100% on my return list just so I can try out more of their dishes such as the sweetcorn fritters with sour cream, chilli jam and guac or the Huevos Rancheros. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to take a picture of the food before I devoured it so you will have to take my work for it, but if you are looking for an independent café-cum-restaurant with a real community feel, then Tota is the place to go.