Find out what happened when we popped down to independent coffee bar Bump & Grind to see if we could find some decent food and chilled out vibes on Clapham High Street…
Restaurant: 64th & Social: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat – Sun 10am-5pm
Location: Clapham High Street, SW4 7UL
Blowout or budget: dishes range from £6.50 – £11 and there’s a kid’s brunch for £4.50 too! Bargain.
Since our favourite brunch spot Clapham Fields closed last year, Vanessa and I have been left with a big breakfast-shaped hole in our lives. We love supporting independent cafés in our neighbourhood, so as sad as it was to see Fields go, it’s exciting to discover the success of another independent opening: Bump & Grind.
Owner Mat launched Bump & Grind with a small market stall on Venn Street before moving to its permanent residence of 64th & Social. Mat’s passion for good coffee and wholesome food inspired him to set up Bump & Grind’s menu which offers traditional brunch dishes with a couple of unexpected twists thrown in.
Now in its third year, Bump & Grind has established a pretty good reputation in Clapham for high quality coffee, cocktails and a friendly service. So if you’re looking for a hearty brunch, washed down with some delicious Climpson & Sons caffeine, this is the place to go. From buttermilk chicken and freshly-made waffles to New York-style salmon bagels with cucumber and dill salad, there’s something to satisfy all tastebuds.
Take Vanessa’s Breakfast Bruschetta for example. This toasted durum wheat flour bread is loaded with ripe avocado, sweet sun-dried tomatoes and smokey grilled halloumi. Finished with balsamic glaze and scrambled eggs on the side – this plate is every veggie and halloumi lover’s dream!
Then there was The Reuben. A salt beef, sauerkraut and swiss cheese sensation layered over grilled durum bread and served with a side of pickles. You won’t find a more satisfying breakfast in south London.
Surprisingly it wasn’t too heavy either: the sauerkraut and crunchy pickles cut through the meat and cheese so you can keep going till the end. I finished this mammoth sandwich in one sitting, much to everyone’s surprise!
It’s fair to say that Bump & Grind appeals to the more civilised generation in Clapham: you won’t find any bottomless booze deals here! If you’re looking to keep things teetotal then you won’t be short of a damn good coffee or fresh juice, but if you’re after a little something to kick start the weekend then there’s a few specials on the menu for you…
Try Tommy’s Breakfast Margarita, with a splash of Herradura blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, apricot jam and agave – this drink will pair perfectly with any of the dishes on the menu. And, if you’re looking for a caffeine-infused cocktail, there’s the signature Bump & Grind. This drink contains Stoli vodka with the choice of Kraken rum or Tia Maria and freshly extracted Climpson & Sons espresso.
It’s clear to see that Mat is big on customer service and he takes the time to greet everyone with a friendly welcome as they arrive. We sat for several hours in the sunshine and watched loads of locals call in for a chat and a bite to eat before going about their day.
Other than serving delicious coffee, banging cocktails and mouth-watering food, there’s not much more to say! We’ll definitely be popping in with friends over the summer to sample more of the menu.
P.S. If you’re in the area and looking for a cheeky gym class to counterbalance Bump & Grind’s chicken and waffles, check out OnCore just round the corner. The newly-opened boutique gym offers fun 45-minute group session yoga, HIIT and spin classes throughout the weekend.