We love supporting local businesses, especially when they’re great! Here are some of our favourite places in the Battersea/Clapham Junction area.
We’re big fans of brunch and luckily we have lots of options in our neighbourhood.
The newly opened Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise (you can read all about our love for it here or here) is our top pick for brunch. Like many places in the area it’s busiest on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Our tip: Why not take a cheeky weekday breakfast before work they open at 8AM? After all breakfast is the most important meal of the day ;)
We’re also big fans of Powder Keg Diplomacy's breakfasts. Good portions, reasonably priced and you can make a reservation. Powder Keg is perfect for catching up with friends over a boozy brunch. We love their decor, conservatory dining room and signature lemonade. No cheeky weekday brunches here - they only serve breakfast on the weekends.
Powder Keg Diplomacy’s vegetarian full English breakfast
Tamra on Northcote Road is another great place to grab breakfast on the weekend- if you can get a table. While quite small, they do have a larger outdoor seating area that comes with blankets. They also recently started serving Lebanese meze and wine in the evenings.
What do you do when you’re craving fish n’ chips, but are too lazy to make the 8 minute walk to the chippy on Northcote Road (which happens to be one of favourite fish n chip shops in London)? You call the Fish Clubon St. John’s Hill (they have a Clapham High Street branch too) - they deliver straight to your door. We’re particularly fond of their beer battered halloumi and sweet potato fries.
Our first trip to Indian Moment (preserved for posterity here) was just the start of our love affair. With free delivery and easy online order system - we tend to order from here at least once every three weeks. My favourite dish is their motter paneer and I could eat their poppadoms all day long. During peak times on the weekends you can tend to have a long wait - so order ahead! It’s also a great place to eat out at and they tend to do great deals during the week.
When the Cattle Grid on Northcote Road relocated to Battersea Rise, we were left wondering who would fill their space (and hoping that it wouldn’t be another estate agent). We were pleasantly surprised that Brixton’s Franco Manca was opening another outpost. While we’ve visited the restaurant, one of guilty pleasures after a long day at work is to place an order as soon as we’ve gotten off the train at Clapham Junction. We have the walk timed perfectly to reach Franco Manca just in time to pick up our pizzas to enjoy at home!
Want to grab a quick bite before catching a train or just out for a leisurely walk? The Breadstall on Northcote Road has a great selection. Their sausage rolls are ranked among the best in London, we love their fresh pizza and sandwich selection and have we mentioned their desserts?! Try the salted caramel cherry brownie, the carrot cake or just about anything. They also serve Monmouth Coffee and bagels from Bricklane.
We can’t really say enough about the Draft House (but we tried to here). We love their love food and the service is always great. Mondays you can grab a burger and a pint for £10. We can’t get enough of their mains and to make a special trip to try their desserts - loved them, especially their brownies.
The Draft House’s Beirut Burger
The Plough is one of the first places we found when we moved to the neighbourhood. It’s a great place to grab dinner or catch up with friends on a weeknight. They have a wide selection of small plates and sides that are great for sharing. If you’re feeling really hungry their mains are great too. What’s great about the Plough is that they change their menu up every couple of months, which keeps it fresh (although I’m still mourning the loss of the blackbean sliders). We also love that they have Meantime on tap!
Ben’s Canteen on St. John’s Hill is popular for their brunches and roasts. We love their dirty burgers and the menu provides us with a little taste of home! They host different events like craft nights and pop-ups. And they have great deals like 2 for 1 cocktails on Tuesdays and a Sunday night burger saver.
The Byron on Northcote Road was our first introduction to the chain. I’d always see them in trendy areas and viewed them as boozy burger joint. However, that is not the case with this location in the center of Nappy Valley. This Byron is almost always full of families with children running wild (really). If you’re looking for a great place to take a date on Friday night this isn’t it. That being said, we do prefer their burgers over other chains (especially GBK). And if you’re looking for a family friendly dinner in the area then this is your place.
When I moved over from DC three years ago I had the froyo bug and was waiting for London to catch it. When we moved to the area two years ago my prayers were answered - there was a self serve froyo shop located just an 8 minute walk away. Samba Swirl has several locations (Angel, Chiswick, & the lovely Northcote Road) and have six flavours to choose from that change daily. While a bit of a froyo purist (give me the original any day) they do great seasonal flavours - we were pleasantly surprised by the watermelon recently. They also have a great loyalty scheme.
We really are spoiled when it comes to sweet treats. Oddono’s Gelato opened up last year and is one our favourite places to stop on a warm day walking back from Clapham Junction or when we’re out for evening stroll.
Another staple of Northcote Road on Saturdays is the Dessert Deli. It’s hard to resist walking by it’s overflowing stall with dessert shots, cakes, pies and some of our favourite brownies.