Visiting Chiswick? Brunch is a must – and we’ve picked out five of our favourites to get you started.
WORDS BY CHRIS ROWLANDS
Brunch is, few would disagree, the meal of kings. Combining the best bits of breakfast and lunch (it’s in the name), this do-it-all meal both sates hunger and captivates with its ability to offer more flavour than either of its constituent meals.
And few areas do brunch better than Chiswick, nestled away in the green suburbs of west London.
Strewn with a clutch of delectable cafés and eateries, this patch of the English capital is heaven for late-morning munchers.
Want more good news? We’ve spent the last few months sampling some of the best brunch spots around. Below are five of our favourites, so you’ll know exactly where to start.
Thames Road | anniesrestaurant.co.uk
Eggs Benedict in sumptuous surroundings? If there’s a brunch spot that better epitomises the laid-back and leafy vibes of Chiswick, we’ve yet to find it. Situated just a street back from the Thames – and naughtily close to a clutch of pubs – Annie’s offers a whole host of late-morning plates to get the afternoon started before a stroll along the river. If skies are blue take a pew on the pavement, or head upstairs for delicious food and suitably quirky decor.
The Coffee Traveller
Thames Road | thecoffeetraveller.com
For most people, one brunch is enough. There’s a rare breed of nibbler, though, that finishes one meal only to start thinking of the next. Thankfully, if you pay Annie’s a visit you’ve only a short walk up the road to our next pick: The Coffee Traveller. Easily spotted by the caffeine-powered Citroën van often parked outside, this is the spot to stop if fresh fruit smoothies are your bag. Or order pancakes for a syrup-drizzled blueberry and yoghurt extravaganza.
Jackson + Rye
Chiswick High Road | jacksonrye.com
Fancy yourself a fan of old-school Americana? Jackson + Rye (branches of which can be found in several picturesque spots across London) packs retro style in spades, serving up a bevy of Stateside dishes to suit every appetite – whether it’s hungover brunch or fresh-as-a-daisy breakfast. Keep it simple with some bacon and maple pancakes, or go big with The Forager: fried eggs, halloumi, kale and spinach, tomato salsa, avocado, mushroom, spiced black beans and granary toast. Everything is bigger in Chiswick.
Angie’s Little Food Shop
Chiswick High Road | angieslittlefoodshop.com
For something a little different, wander further down the High Road to Angie’s Little Food Shop. With a menu inspired by the owner’s South African heritage, a bright brick-lined decor and a properly laid-back playlist makes this a top spot to sit and work – or, you know, just watch the world go by. We love to order smashed avocado toast with a poached egg, wash it down with carrot, apple and ginger juice, before enjoying something sweet from the counter.
Chiswick High Road | brew-cafe.com
Our final pick might not be the cheapest, but it’s a stellar spot all the same. Peruse the vintage wares at The Old Cinema just a few doors down before popping in for some staple classics, admiring the kiln oven as you sip on a fresh juice smoothie. Brunch not enough? Come back in the evening for divine fishcakes and a film screening at the downstairs cinema. Time it right and you might even bag a free loaf of sourdough.
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