Looking for a trendy but chilled brunch spot south of the river? From DIY breakfast baps to sweet fruit pancake stacks, the newly opened Brick & Liquor Clapham has everything covered
Restaurant: Brick & Liquor
Location: Clapham South, SW12 9DR
Blowout or budget: Brunch plates range between £7-£12 and their delicious cocktails start from £8!
Expanding from their first venue in Tooting, Brick & Liquor, aka your friendly neighbourhood bar, opened a second site in Clapham South last month. Serving inventive cocktails, evening eats and delicious brunch dishes on weekends.
If I’m ever asked for trendy bar recommendations south of the river, Brick & Liquor Tooting is always top of my list. So to discover they were bringing a touch of NYC’s Lower East Side vibe to my doorstep in Clapham AND serving brunch, I couldn’t wait to pay them a visit and show Vanessa what she’s been missing out on!
First up, let’s talk about the decor… with exposed brickwork, reclaimed wood panelling, brushed metal fixtures and splashes of copper throughout, you can’t help but feel like you’ve landed in a trendy downtown New York social hotspot. The staff even greet you with smiles and high fives on arrival!
An inventive liquor list
We sat down to peruse the menu and ordered two coffees. With #SoberSeptember in full swing we could only drool at the cocktails on offer. However, I’ve sipped my way through half of the liquor list in Tooting and can recommend the Clover Club, a vanilla-infused gin, with lemon juice, egg white and homemade raspberry syrup. Another must-try is Brick & Liquor’s signature salted caramel espresso martini with a cheeky hint of orange.
With an ever-changing cocktail list I’ll be heading back in October to try the new Ninety 9 (pictured above). An ice-cream in a cup, this cocktail is served with vodka, apple, vanilla liqueur and vanilla foam! YUM.
Feeling pretty ravenous after a Strength session at Ministry Does Fitness, we were keen for multiple courses. Starting off with savoury, Vanessa went for the smashed avocado with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. Served on a slice of warm homemade focaccia, this dish was tasty, filling and would set you up perfectly for a stroll around Clapham Common.
I decided to try the Herbivore (Brick & Liquor’s vegetarian answer to the full English). I’m not a veggie but I like vegetables and eggs A LOT, so with a plate full of mushrooms, tomatoes, spicy chilli beans, veggie sausages, fried egg and toasted focaccia, this stood out as my plate of choice. There really is nothing missing from this dish, it felt fresh and full of flavour.
Next up was dessert: we decided to hit the sweet fruit pancake stack to share! Soft and fluffy, these pancakes are loaded with fresh raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. They’re served with a dusting of sugar and a pot of maple syrup to drizzle over. I think we demolished the plate in under 10 minutes which in our eyes means they’re damn good!
Curing hangovers across Clapham
Brick & Liquor’s signature dish is the the Great British Pancake. With eggs, bacon and sausages layered between pancakes, this plate has all our brunch favourites rolled into one. I can see this curing a few hangovers in Clapham on a Sunday! Go try it and let us know what you think in the comments below.
It’s great to see another independent popping up in the area. What I love most about Brick & Liquor is the cool community vibe. You can gather your mates and head there for a blowout, boozy brunch or enjoy a few cheeky cocktails at the weekend without having to queue to get in or feeling rushed to leave. If you’re looking for a new destination to add to your brunch bucket list, this one certainly won’t disappoint.
Boot camp and brunch?
Fancy getting out in the fresh air before falling into a plate of delicious food? Why not try Swift Fitness’s silent disco boot camp on Clapham Common? They kit you out with some first-class headphones which automatically tune into your trainers mic and playlist so you can pair your sweat session with some sweet tunes!