This post was first published by My London on 02/06/2019.
The 10 best spots for breakfast or brunch in Croydon
It’s the most important meal of the day remember.
Londoners are serious about food and Croydon has some of the best in the country.
The borough offers up everything from bacon rolls to gourmet french pastries in locations ranging from ultra-urban to rural and secluded.
What you should have for breakfast really depends on what kind of experience you’re after, so MyLondon has selected a few morning spots for you to choose based on what you are in the mood for.
Here are the 10 places you must have breakfast or brunch in Croydon:
1. For a cosy catch up
Priscilla’s Tea Room, Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead
You can tell by it’s name that it is special. Priscilla’s Tea Room is actually a converted bus stop cafe at the edge of a park.
Owner Timothy Ashton and his wife Amanda only live across the road and serve up a variety of egg dishes using fresh eggs from chickens in their back garden.
If freshness is something you care about, you can’t get much fresher than that and it takes just a few steps to deliver the eggs from the gaarden to the tea roo.
Any extra they need come from local butchers’, Bashford & Co.
Priscilla’s is an ideal place to call in and meet friends, perhaps after the school run, on your way to work or maybe if you’re enjoying a leisurely weekend.
You can buy produce from the farm shop and homeware goods too and you’ll notice there is plenty going on during the week such as a book club, kitting club, and even pizza nights on Thursdays.
2. For an all day breakfast
The Breakfast Club, Boxpark, George Street, Croydon
Why have Breakfast anywhere else? The thing is for some people breakfast is what you eat in the mroning, but to others it can be so much more.
For pre-noon food fans, The Breakfast Club is a site you must visit, and while there have one of the breakfast and brunch dishes at any time of day.
You can also get lunch and an evening meal too, but how about just eating breakfast food then instead.
The Huevos Rancheros, a Mexican staple widely popular on the West Coast of America, are not just brilliant but difficult to find in London. It includes fried eggs, tortilla, refried beans, chorizo, salsa, cheddar, sour cream and guacamole.
There are also rolls and bloomers and, for the healthy, fruit and oats.
3. For something totally different
Karachi Cuisine, London Road, Norbury
Curry for breakfast? I haven’t gone mad I assure you.
Anyone from the subcontinent will tell you breakfast can be a big deal there and for decades Karachi Cuisine has hit the spot with special breakfast dishes like halwa poori and their epic stewed Nihari.
You would probably enjoy it more if you love your spice but there are things on the menu if you’re less inclined to burn your tongue off.
The main thing about a breakfast like this is to share it over great coversation, ideally loud and to have a nice cup of chai while you’re there.
4. For the children
Parklife Café, Lloyd Park, Croydon
If you’ve had an early start with the kids then you can always take them to Lloyd Park – and kick off your day with breakfast at Parklife Café.
Here you can set yourself up for the day with a choice of traditional breakfast favourites such as a full English, eggs Benedict, sausage or bacon sandwich or roll and a large croissant.
Your pet is also welcome and the café serves vegan and gluten free options.
5. For vegetarians
The Oval Tavern, Oval Road, Croydon
This pub tucked away in a residential street not too far from East Croydon station boasts that it serves the best vegetarian breakfast in town.
The veggie option includes free-range eggs, sauteed portabella mushroom, grilled cherry tomatoes, veggie sausages, bubble and squeak, chunky toast and home-made baked beans.
There is a meat version too.
6. For bargain hunters
Ikea, Valley Retail Park, off Purley Way, Croydon
It might not seem like the most likely place to head for breakfast but whether or not you’re planning a morning browsing the home furnishings store, you have got to admit you can’t pass up the temptation of an six-item full English for just £2.50.
And if you have an Ikea family card it’s just £1.75.
A kids’ breakfast is just £1.50 and if it’s just a quick snack you’re after than a bacon roll is only £1.
Come for the bacon and stay for the Daim cake, and do not forget to get some lingonberry soda from the refill machine.
7. For gardeners (or not)
Seasons, Knights Garden Centre, Chelsham
This 120-seater café has been built for gardener’s spouses. While tehy are off inspecting petunias or whatever it is they find so interesting, you can sit inside and enjoy the pretty surroundings,
With lots of windows and a glass roof, it’s light and airy, so a lovely setting to enjoy the morning whether it’s sunny outside or not.
The cooked breakfast choice is vast – from an English breakfast of breakfast baguette to beans or mushrooms on toast or just toast and butter if you prefer.
Children can tuck into egg, sausage, beans and toast.
8. For a challenge
Fat Boys Café, Thornton Road, Thornton Heath
One of our reporters tried the Fat Boy challenge . He called it “life-changing”. It’s not advised you try it too often, but the “Blowout” claims to be London’s biggest breakfast.
Eight rashers of bacon, two fried eggs, two large sausages, mushrooms, beans, two tomatoes, a piece of fried bread and a ton of chips is going to set you back £20 unless you can eat it all.
Our reporter thought he had it in the bag, but the potatoes caused him to throw in the towel after a valiant 25-minute show that was equally beautiful and off putting,
There are more realistically-sized full English breakfasts on the menu too, if you;re too chicken to take on the potatoes,
9. For a continental
Brasserie Vacherin, South End, Croydon
You could imagine you’re in the heart of Paris in this French brasserie.
Maybe you’ll choose the assorted pastries – who can’t resist a croissant or pain au chocolate – or perhaps you’ll be very French and opt for the banana or apple crêpe with crème fraiche.
The more hungry might like a steak and gruyère baguette. There is also a dish of grilled kippers, spinach, poached egg and hollandaise and of course a full English with a vegetarian option among the wide variety of choices.
10. For breakfast outside
Beefeater Coombe Lodge, Coombe Road, Croydon
DIY yourself a bottomless brunch by starting at the pub and just staying there.
The vast Beefeater on Coombe oad has spaces inside, outside and in a stunning period conservatory which is the best of both worlds.
Don your sunglasses and head for this breakfast in the most idyllic surroundings, just at the edge of Croydin near the Bramley Bank nature reseve.