If you know me at all (or follow me on insta or snapchat) you’ll know that I am pretty much obsessed with brunch. It’s definitely my favourite meal and one of my regular weekend pastimes is trying out new places in London on my hunt for the perfect poached eggs, pancakes, hollandaise sauce or smashed avocado depending on what kind of brunch-mood I’m in that day! So one of the first things on my to do list when we moved to London was to try out the multitude of cafes and breakfast spots in our neighbourhood of Crouch End. There are a lot of them (yes, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to live here) and we still haven’t managed to try them all, but we’ve definitely found some favourites so I thought it was about time I started reviewing them on here to share with you!
This weekend we went to The Haberdashery Crouch End on Middle Lane. We’ve been a few times now and no matter what I choose it’s always delicious. They have a great selection, whether you’re craving sweet or savoury, simple or extravagant. The coffee is one of the best in Crouch End (fyi – if you order a cappuccino it’s so big it comes in a bowl) and they also offer delicious fresh fruit & veg juice combos if you’re detoxing or brunch cocktails if you’re re-toxing, so there really is something for everyone! Everything on the menu sounds completely yummy – from eggs to full english, pancakes to posh porridge – and I always have a dilemma when it comes to ordering. Last time I tried the eggs benedict with bacon and avocado (they offer a pick and mix selection for you to choose your toppings – bacon, ham, smoked salmon, avocado and spinach are all options) and this time I went for their Aussie Oats – creamy coconut milk porridge topped with banana, cinnamon, pomegranate seeds and orange zest. Kenny is a Full English kind of guy and his favourite dish on the menu is ‘The Hedonist’ – a mammoth plate featuring everything from the full english & veggie breakfasts combined – eggs, bacon, sausages, mushroom, tomato, hash browns, spinach and halloumi!
The atmosphere is lovely too, friendly and laid-back with an eccentric decor full of retro mis-matched teacups. The place is always busy thanks to the amazing food but they also have a cute little garden out back so this weekend we had our breakfast out there in the sunshine! I definitely recommend popping by if you’re ever in the area and want a relaxing place to spend your brunch or lunchtime (I’m yet to try it but their lunch menu looks fab too!) For more info you can check out the Haberdashery website and see the full menu here. Happy brunching!