something we thought was a pipe-dream; a killer brunch and wine bar combo. until we found milk beach.
WHERE: 19 Lonsdale Road, NW66RA, London.
TUBE: Queens Park / Kilburn Park.
THE DEAL: An absolute gem of a local spot for brunch, that later turns into small plates and wine. We are never leaving.
THE FOOD: Proof that East London isn’t the only place to go if you’re in search of delicious brunch at an independent, followed by wine and good times. Aussie Elliot Milne and UK champion coffee roaster Matthew Robley-Siemonsma opened Milk Beach in 2018 and since then it’s been a real hit. The cafe conjures up the paired-down, white-washed aesthetic. An airy, light-filled space, dotted with plants and natural wood furniture and complete with picnic tables outside on the cobbled road to drink in the sun - and the wine. As you would expect the coffee is divine and roasted in-house. More specifically the beans come directly from Ethiopa and from the small, local farmers who are part of the Coffee Initiative Project that Elliot set up with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation years before. The coffee is so delicious that you can buy bags of the stuff in the cafe to take home. Food on the menu celebrates classic Aussie style Brunch, courtesy of Head Chef Chris Munnings (formerly of Duck and Waffle). The Poached Burford Browns eggs benedict with ham hock and spinach on sourdough are famous. Other dishes include apple-cinnamon oats with caramelized pecans, moist banana bread with espresso cream, soft-boiled eggs that are served in a jar with sweet potato and Sourdough soldiers and classic smashed avo with goat cheese and spiked with chilli flakes. Larger lunch bowls are also available like pasta and poke. Sweet treats and pastries lie seductively on the counter - it’s hard to resist temptation and not take a brownie for the road on your way out. As day unravels to night the menu transforms into a range of small plates. Our favourite picks are parsnip gnocchi, beef cheek pappardelle and a fragrant chicken laksa. All this of course is to be gobbled down with glasses of the organic, natural wines that Milk Beach rotates regularly. All wines are sourced from small independent winemakers and suitable for vegans. If you weren’t yet convinced about visiting Milk Beach (really?!), then the news that they regularly host wine tasting events should seal the deal.
THE PRICE: Brunch: Poached Burford Browns eggs benedict £10.5, Coddled eggs in a jar £10.5, Smashed avocado and cheese £8.5, Overnight Oats £5.7, Banana bread £3.5, Poke Bowl £10. Small Plates: Parsnip gnocchi, 7.5, Beef cheek pappardelle 9, Chicken laksa rice 9. Coffee: Flat white £2.9, Filter coffee £3. Wines: Glass of wine from £5, Prosecco £7.4.
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BEST FOR: Finding a place that does everything you want it to - epic brunch, delicious coffee and wine.
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