The Best Sourdough Brunches in London

Soft, chewy and easy to digest, sourdough has fast become the UK’s most fashionable loaf – with brunches and breakfast dishes making particularly good use of its light and airy texture, satisfying crust and distinctive tang. Here’s where to find some of London’s finest.

Boyce Da Roca, Streatham

Boyce Da Roca have the best bread in London. Fact. They won’t reveal where they get it from, but apparently it’s also on sale at Fortnum and Mason (enough said). But don’t go rushing off to Fortnum’s Food Hall just yet: their super-soft sourdough is just the starting point. Think salty thick cut bacon, oozing golden egg yolks, gloucester old spot sausages, oven roast tomatoes and homemade baked beans – all artfully piled up under hefty slices of lightly toasted sourdough. The café itself is equally delightful.  Doubling up as both an eatery and gallery/sales space, the quirky furniture and housewares are all for sale, with an open kitchen giving the whole place a relaxed, intimate and all-round feel-good vibe.

How much? £6.20 for poached eggs and baby leaf spinach. Add bacon, sausages or ham for £8.25. Full English for £11.
Address: Leigham Hall Parade, Streatham High Rd, SW16 1DR

Love Walk Cafe, Camberwell

Not only is Love Walk cafe one of the cheapest places to grab a sourdough-based breakfast, it’s also one of the tastiest. We opted for the budget-friendly Breakfast Sandwich, with our choice of two fillings (bacon and mushrooms) coming in at just £2.95 (or £2.45 as a takeaway). The sourdough arrived in two gloriously thick sandwiches, perfectly buttered and paired with a generous portion of deliciously thick, crispy bacon and fat chestnut mushrooms. Probably the best bacon sandwich in London.

How much? Full English/Full Veggie Breakfast for £5.95. Breakfast sandwiches from £2.
Address: 81 Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8RS (also located in Fulham at 12 Jerdan Place, London SW6 1BH)
Click here to view the full menu

MUD, Tooting

Serving a range of breakfast and brunches every day until 3pm, MUD is a laid-back, antipodean-style café with a menu that (like the café) is small but perfectly formed. Quality sourdough from Blackbird Bakery forms the basis of a pleasing, and frequently changing, combination of classic and more adventurous morning dishes, such as the popular  smashed avocado with poached burford brown eggs, crumbled feta and poppy seeds on toast.  Can’t get a table? Not to worry, all MUD’s brunches are available to takeaway, with freshly squeezed organic juices and only the finest coffee from Ozone. Open from 7am Monday – Friday, 9.30 am at weekends. Cash only.

How much? £7.80 for smashed avocado on sourdough
Address: 141 Mitcham Rd, London, Tooting, SW17 9PE
Click here to view the full menu

Foxcroft & Ginger, Soho

Part-bakery, part-cafe/restaurant, Foxcroft & Ginger make, sell and serve a range of 48-hour sourdoughs with everything from Ricotta Scramble to herb roasted mushrooms, poached eggs, truffled hollandaise and parmesan. They’re also the proud creators of the CRUFFIN. A hybrid mix of a Croissant and a Muffin,  this secret sourdough croissant mix is carefully hand folded before being baked like a muffin and filled with a range sweet flavours such as Honeycomb & Lemon curd, Vanilla Custard with Jam, Chocolate Custard and their house-made ‘Snickers’ with Nuts, Salted Caramel and Chocolate. Crunchy and flaky on the outside, wickedly soft and gooey on the inside. A rich, fatty and downright delicious start to the day.

Address: 3 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F ODR
Click here to view the full menu

The Duke, Wanstead

Served from 12 – 4pm every Saturday, eggs feature heavily on The Duke’s brunch menu with everything from Shaksusa baked eggs and Eggs Royale to a Cooked Brunch of two free-range eggs (cooked any style) served with sourdough toast, streaky bacon, roast tomatoes, buttered mushrooms, grilled halloumi and free-range pork sausages.  Enjoying a pint with your brunch is an obvious added perk, although the free jugs of cucumber water are a surprisingly tasty and refreshing  accompaniment to the clean, fresh plates of food and laid-back setting of this popular neighbourhood pub.

How much? Cooked Brunch from £7.50
Address: 79 Nightingale Lane, E11 2EY
Click here to view the full Saturday Brunch Menu

Urban Meadow, Hilton Hyde Park hotel

The leafy decor and relaxed, al fresco-style setting of Urban Meadow make it easy to forget its attachment to Hilton’s Hyde Park hotel.  Besides, bacon roll is a bacon roll – and priced at just £5.45 you’d be hard-pressed to find a cheaper breakfast of this quality, served from 6.30 am (7.30 am on weekends), while sat on an outdoor terrace opposite Hyde Park.  Sourdough rolls are also surprisingly rare, and the London Sourdough Roll at Urban Meadow is a less greasy, more refined take on your classic breakfast bap. Available with bacon, egg or pork sausage, the ingredients are clearly of good quality and it all makes for a surprisingly cheap, cheerful and satisfying start to the day. 

How much? £5.45 for the London Sourdough Roll
Address:  DoubleTree by Hilton London Hyde Park, 150 Bayswater Road, W2 4RT
Click here to view the full breakfast menu

Farm W5, Ealing

The food here is so good you can forgive the slightly grumpy service. Everything is Slow Food or certified organic,  including organic hens eggs from Saffron Waldon, real handmade butter and a whole range of sourdough breads from Born & Bread Organic baker, made in their Llopis wood-fired oven using Kentish starters. Portions are big and prices are cheap, and there’s even a dedicated Juice Bar for organic fruit and veg juices, taken fresh off the shelves and sliced, diced and juiced before your eyes.

How much? From £3.95 for two organic eggs on sourdough toast
Address: 19 The Green, W5 5DA

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