28 March 2015

Fields Cafe - Clapham Common brunch review

Brunch has become a way of life in London. With friends living, working and partying in completely random boroughs spread over this great behemoth, arranging a proper sit down and catch up over a brew can be interesting. And that's just finding a date we can all do.

Fields Cafe - Clapham Common brunch review

One who won't really leave Zone One without the lure of doughnuts or the offer of a sausage sizzle date in New Zealand. One nominated a Kiwi despite never having set foot in our humble country and currently learning to be a Brit (even though sorely lacking on the tea equipment front). One who will happily travel anywhere she can park (aka nowhere in Central London) and has been known to drive for 3 hours to Gloucestershire just to buy chocolate cake.

One with a bohemian spirit that naturally gravitates towards excellent flat whites. One with an insanely photographic eye. One with a penchant for immersive theatre currently falling in love with a pup. One currently teaching the newest generation how to enjoy brunching properly. Ones that live north, south, east, west and central. All coffee addicts, all wonderful and all slightly mad.

Fields Cafe - Clapham Common brunch review

I love everyone of them. It can however make finding a good brunch spot a little challenging at times.

Bearing this in mind, just before Christmas a lightening email popped around to arrange one last hurrah before we all broke up for the holidays. One intimate brunch where we could get one last taste of good London coffee, and a tasty antipodean brunch.

Fields Cafe - Clapham Common brunch review

Tipped off by one of our coffee loving alma mater who sadly couldn't make the date, we trooped to Clapham Common. Literally smack in the middle of the green near the skate park is a small, unexpected bastion of brunch - the aptly named Fields Canteen. With a no book policy, we all wandered a touch lost before finding each other and nabbing a table as near to the heater (it was definitely a crisp December morning, one that gets the blood thrumming) as we could get without sitting on it.

The daily menu is deceptively simple, a array of proper, standard brunch fare but containing an unexpected flourish of creativity.

Fields Cafe - Clapham Common brunch review

Eggs + Toast + Avo? Sure, but how about a mesmerizing dash of green flavour zing/powder?

Perfectly poached eggs + Bacon + Cornbread (GF) + Hollandaise. Sure, but with a 'cult of done Hollandaise' infused with coffee providing a tastily fascinating counterpoint featuring quirky smoky umami notes.

Fields Cafe - Clapham Common brunch review

Anzac Biscuits + WorkShop Espresso? Now that's antipodean heaven right there, but factor in the beautiful coffee flavour (this is the baby sister of the infamous m1lkcoffee after all) and there won't be any disappointment even though the coffee size ordering stumped us a touch...

Fields Cafe - Clapham Common brunch review

Smashed Avocado + Flamed tomatoes + Sourdough Toast dripping in butter + two beautifully fried eggs.

It was a perfect way to round out the brunch-filled year, despite the cold.

Fields Cafe - Clapham Common brunch review

 
They can't go wrong really - wonderful ingredients, instagram worthy plating, an often changing menu, options for pretty well everyone, cracking coffee and a deck area perfect for Summer brunching (the subconcious reason for the delay in drafting this post I guess!)

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We need to go back again - it's totally worth the email chaos to what they have instore for us another time...

22 comments :

  1. Sorry was I drooling while reading this aha? One thing I am happy about is that Toronto is starting to develop a brunch culture. While abroad, it's something I whole-heartedly enjoy but is not something I can come back to and feast upon here in Canada. Great idea to catch up with friends! I might even give poached eggs a try!

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  2. Not so sure about coffee hollandaise but I guess I would be willing to try it!

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  3. The gluten free option looks really good Emma! x

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  4. I adoreeeeee brunch!
    Everything here looks delish and i love that they got creative on the classics but i'm not too sure on the sound of hollandaise and coffee haha x

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  5. This looks delicious! And it's so close to where I live.... Can't believe I still haven't tried their brunch yet. Can I join you next time ;-)?

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  6. Yum!! I've had this on my list for a little while now - looks so good :)

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  7. Wowza, I need to get down here ASAP! Anzac biscuits?! Cornbread?! I'm sold.

    C x | Lux Life

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  8. Why do I always read food reviews when I'm hungry? This place looks great, I hadn't heard of Anzac biscuits before!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  9. This looks great! I think I need a brunch club - or just stalk yours haha

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  10. Sounds fun! I wish I'd been a fly on the wall!
    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  11. When I lived in Clapham Junction I felt like I was in the heart of all things brunch related! x

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  12. Right!! The menu changes though from week to week!

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  13. It's sods law isn't it? I read too many pre-breakfast - always dangerous territory!

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