Caravan | Home of possibly the best brunch in London
Caravan on Exmouth Market in Farringdon offers an exceptional brunch menu on weekends – if you’re prepared to wait for it.
Imagine if you took a fat wedge of cornbread, turned it into French toast, topped it with thick slices of bacon, chunks of avocado and a little heap of fresh rocket, then drizzled the whole thing with sticky maple syrup. Is your mouth watering? Mine was when a plate of exactly that was placed in front of me last Saturday.
We were at Caravan
, the restaurant/coffee shop so renowned for it’s weekend brunch menu that we basically had to suffer a two-hour wait for it. Well, I’m kind of exaggerating; my best friend Caroline and I turned up at Caravan at 1pm to be told there was a 45 minute wait for a table, such is the popularity of the place. Rather than hang about, we headed to the also excellent Gail’s
bakery further down Exmouth Market for coffee and returned to Caravan at 3pm (with my friend Neil in toe) when the queue had subsided. I’m glad we did because it was certainly worth the wait.
Where other London breakfast-y menus stick to the usual well-worn egg routine (Benedict, scrambled, omelette et al), Caravan really goes to town. As well as my pimped up sweet-and-savoury French toast (£9), you can get baked eggs with tomato and pepper ragout or grilled ham with bubble and squeak and poached eggs, as well as hearty bowls of banana caramel porridge and honey roasted museli with stewed pear. You’ll pay an average of about £8 for plates and £5 for bowls.
The drinks menu is worth a mention too, for the luscious virgin cocktails like sparkling lemonade and cranberry iced tea, all made on the premises of course. Plus, I drank the tastiest cup of green tea I’ve ever had. It was from the Rare Tea Company
, and it certainly was a rare blend of subtle flavours, quite a contrast from the sharp, almost salty taste than green tea often has.
So you can see why Caravan shot to the top of my best brunch in London list. It’s just a shame that, like all the best places in London, you can’t rock up spontaneously. They don’t take booking for brunch, so utilising those well-honed British queuing skills is a must.