Another weekend and another London brunch venue under our belt! In all fairness, this one isn’t new to us, we have been numerous times but for some reason, I have never shared it with you. Time to fix that!
The Gantry is an institution on Brockley’s high street. It has been around since 2012 and is always fairly busy. That is usually a good sign when a restaurant last more than 2 years on London insanely busy food scene. The first time we went there was to grab a coffee while waiting to view the house we have now bought, so I guess we have an emotional attachment to The Gantry too. I am also very fond of it because one of the owners is French, which is usually a staple of quality in my books, and she and I had the chance to chat about our motherland a few time en français bien sûr!
From the outside, The Gantry looks like a small coffee shop but don’t be deceived by its appearance. Inside it is like Matryoshka dolls, each room revealing another and all leading to the loveliest garden.
Shabby chic is the best way to describe the place, but there is nothing shabby about the food, trust me!
We have been to The Gantry for brunch and dinner several times but today I am only talking about the brunch. Using this as an excuse to visit again soon!
The weather in London was glorious that day so we took a table outside in the romantic little garden. The flowers and bees kept us company throughout our meal which was a welcome escape from the boiling streets of London.
Andrew and I shared the cafetière coffee. It is good and gives a couple of servings per person which for two coffee addicts like us is necessary each morning.
We then both opted for the Parisian Eggs, which are scrambled eggs, served with mushrooms, bacon, potatoes and truffle oil. They are very tasty, filling, yet not too heavy, as I sometimes find the regular eggs on toast or egg benedicts too stuffing because of all the bread.
This brunch was one of our main meals of the day as we were heading to Mayfield Lavender straight after, so we decided to share some blueberry pancakes to keep us full until late afternoon. The blueberries were served on top in an almost jam-like form, which reminded me of my grandmother’s homemade jams and the way we present crêpes in France. The pancakes were good and perfect to share as a dessert between two of us.
So if you are a Lewisham local or simply around South East London on a weekend, book a table at the Gantry for a brunch with a French twist!