Thursday, 24 September 2015

Breakfast at Breads Etcetera, London

I'd been wanting to try out Breads Etcetera in Clapham for quite some time. And while I only live a few tube stops away, unless I drag myself out of bed a stupid o'clock at the weekend, I've been told the queues for a table are round the block.

I managed to set aside a weekend morning with a couple of friends a few weeks ago and got a table no problem. But due to its popularity combined with the fact each table has its own toaster to grill its delicious hangover curing sourdough, I thought Breads Etcetera was going to be very self aware and a tad hipster chic.

I couldn't have been more wrong, this quaint bakery and cafe is cosy and welcoming with a lot of warmth coming from the wooden decor, friendly service and your personal toaster.

One table in the middle of the cafe is host to breads of all shapes and sizes with knives and shelves of condiments and preserves. For £6.50 you will become very familiar with this spread by choosing the 'DIY' option from the menu. Help yourself to as much bread as you can stomach and take it back to toast at your table.

But for a few pounds extra you can have a breakfast meal, such as baked eggs, smoked salmon, spinach and scrambled eggs, or bacon and mushrooms, which include the 'DIY' bread option. Obviously my friends and I chose the latter and stuffed ourselves silly due to the enormous portions.

You can easily have an enjoyable breakfast with the 'DIY' option, but if you want to try all the different types of bread AND eat your weight in eggs, prepare to suffer from what I called the 'bread sweats' afterwards. My stomach expanded and I regretted my pig-out for the rest of the day (not much new there). So I warn you, while the rye bread may be the most delicious you've ever tasted, three slices in order to slather it with the amazing home churned butter as well as ginger and raspberry preserves is probably not the wisest idea if you plan on doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

One slice too many? Avoid if you have a history of difficulties with all-you-can-eat buffets!

Definitely worth a visit if you're on good terms with carbs - avoid like the plague if you're gluten free or on a diet.

Breads Etcetera
127 Clapham High Street
020 7720 3601

Also serves sourdough pizzas in the evening.