Whilst living in Waterloo, I had heard there was a great brunch place nearby. I duly trotted off to try it out, and was not disappointed. The Table Cafe, on Southwark Street, is extremely popular and you can’t book a table for weekend brunch – be prepared to wait if you turn up after 11.00. But, these were the days before Cosmopolondon, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to return ever since.
The London Marathon gave me an excuse – nothing gets between me and brunch, and marathon day is a lot of fun but it does mean a certain amount of disruption and extra hustle and bustle in London. But, being south of the river, we didn’t get too tangled up in marathon madness. This year, the marathon also coincided with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and there was a festival along the entire Southbank showing extracts of all 37 of the bard’s plays. London felt extra special as a result on this chilly Sunday morning.
I started with a smoothie – I opted for the “About Last Night” which is a clean mix of apple, banana, green grapes and spinach and chia seeds made with almond milk. It’s the first smoothie I’ve had where banana hasn’t been the overpowering ingredient.
For the main event, myself and another friend had the Borough Full English. The chorizo and ham hock baked beans really stole the show for me (and I don’t even really like baked beans), and they don’t scrimp on the bacon and sausages either. One rasher of bacon and one sausage just doesn’t cut it for a Full English!
The Borough Full English – two organic eggs, streaky bacon, pork and leek sausages, chorizo and ham hock baked beans, grilled tomato, garlic and thyme marinated mushroom and grilled sourdough
Another friend went for The Table’s signature breakfast dish – The Stack, which is like a full english all piled up on a fluffy toasted bagel. If you fancy a twist and you really like baked beans, or if you’re eternally torn between a full english and eggs benedict, this is the one to go for.
The Stack – chorizo and ham hock baked beans, more chorizo, a toasted bagel, two poached eggs and hollandaise
Several tables around us were sampling the waffles and pancakes, which looked AMAZING. Despite being fully satisfied (and absolutely stuffed!) with my big cooked breakfast, I did have a little food envy as I watched others delve into those sweet mountains of maply goodness. Next time…