Breakfast, Brunch, London

The Green Café, Greenwich

We made a return trip to Greenwich on the late May bank holiday weekend and timed it to coincide with our favourite meal of the day – brunch. A quick Google threw up plenty of options, not surprising for such a bustling town and tourist magnet, and we were drawn to The Green Café on Greenwich High Road. It’s close to the market, and there was a separate Vintage market taking place too so we planned a post-brunch meander, which turned out to be lucky as we needed to burn off some serious calories!

Brunch Á La Carte

The place was bustling at 10am on a Sunday morning, but the turnaround is quick so don’t let that put you off. We made ourselves at home and enjoyed a spot of people-watching before we got down to the serious business of choosing some food. I got the feeling that this is very much a local café in the heart of the community, with a fair sprinkling of market-goers and daytrippers like us. There’s no wifi, and a friendly sign encourages people to talk to each other instead – always a good idea.

The menu was a treat and it took us ages to choose. There’s even an à la carte section where you can create a breakfast to your specific taste. We were tempted by the ones that the clever chefs had put together though, and A. opted for Pesto Eggs (scrambled eggs, pesto, granary toast, mushrooms, tomato and halloumi) and gave it a hearty thumbs up. It certainly looked amazing, and as you can see he got carried away and tucked in before we remembered to take a photo…

Pesto eggs with mushrooms and toast

I chose the Mediterranean breakfast, which was a slightly odd (but delicious) combination of chorizo sausage, bacon, halloumi, mushrooms, olives, tomato and eggs, served with wholegrain toast. I’m a new convert to the combination of halloumi and bacon, and highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it yet. Good quality cheese is essential, and when we’re doing this at home I always go for a Cypriot or Greek variety. My only reservation was that this was quite a salty combination, but it’s a very minor gripe – I would happily eat it all again. Both plates were £9 each, which I didn’t think was too pricey.

There’s a host of choice on the menu for breakfast and brunch, from light and healthy to the full monty. The lunch options looked tempting too and there’s a range of homemade cakes on offer, so something for everyone. The café isn’t usually open in the evenings, but we noticed that they’ve previously hosted some pop-up food nights, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page to see if they’re planning any more.

A wonderful array of cakes at the Green Cafe in Greenwich

After some tea, coffee and a carafe of tap water to dilute my newly elevated salt levels, we probably should have called it a day. But… there were waffles. There was a huge array of toppings on offer and they seemed to be a bit of a speciality so we thought it would have been rude not to at least share one.

And, as you can see, I’m very glad we did! This was the cinnamon and maple syrup topping with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was huge, and when I saw it arriving I did wonder if my eyes might have been a wee bit too big for my stomach, but this was so light and delicate that it was just a lovely sweet treat to polish off a delicious brunch. I must admit that we skipped lunch though.

Podcast

Listen in to our post-brunch chat here:


 

Recommendation

Definitely on our list of favourites for the next time we’re in Greenwich. I’m looking forward to trying lunch, and won’t need much tempting to have another one of their fabulous waffles!

Loo Review (PMC Rating): ★★★☆☆ Clean, spacious and simple – nothing fancy, but then it doesn’t need to be. Lots of flyers for local clubs and events.

The Green Café, 285 Greenwich High Rd, London SE10 8NB

Sunday, May 27th 2018

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