We are big basic-bitch brunch fans here at Potion HQ, we like nothing better than eating away a fuzzy head with friends whilst forensically analysing our night out. In the first of our countrywide brunch deep dives, here are our top five London brunch dishes, which, alongside a shot of After Party helps chase away all remnants of your hangover.
First up is Bag Egg Moorgate, often the scene of a Friday morning quick fix for us Potioners and home of a very special weekend bottomless brunch, the easy-going vibe and punky music always works for us. Team favourites include a magnificently tasty Bloody Mary mix and the aptly named ‘Crack Muffin’ which is towering feast of sausage, bacon, egg, sriracha and cheese fondue piled into a toasted muffin. It’s huge and enormous calorific but really scratches the hangover junk food itch.
For a lighter start to the day that won’t lead to a food coma, the Aprés Food Co in Farringdon serves amazingly tasty but deeply nourishing food in it’s blonde wood and plant packed cafe. The cafe’s interior is so soothing, it’s a perfect meeting spot for when it all feels a bit too much. Owned by a nutritionist, the menu is packed with flavoured filled good-for-you options. Our vote is for the Aprés hash - sweet potato hash with onion, spinach, avocado and poached egg
Caravan Kings Cross is another weekend favourite, this huge space can get busy (but I think they now take brunch bookings) but a short wait for their edamame fritters, spinach mushrooms and red miso butter washed down with a probiotic soda is well worth it.
Malibu Kitchen at The Ned brings a slice of California to London. Although it promotes ‘clean eating’ the brunch menu still packs a flavour punch with sea bream tacos and cheeseburger in a potato bun. Teamed with a collagen smoothie in this airy high ceilinged space, you can almost forget the sins of the previous evening.
Our final pick is Sunday in Barnsbury, a cosy soother of a brunch venue is always packed for a great reason, the food is superb! You will have to queue at the weekend but it’s totally worth it. The bacon and honeycomb butter pancakes are a tall pile of sweet, salty, carby deliciousness and the turkish eggs with chilli will clear the foggiest of heads. We always pick a homemade cake from the amazing display to take home with us to keep the memory of Sunday alive for a long as possible.
We love hearing brunch recommendations, let us know somewhere we need to try!