BREAKFAST & BRUNCH IN NOTTING HILL
Finding a Notting Hill brunch or brekkie is disgustingly easy – the area is plastered with cafés, coffee shops and restaurants. The trouble with such quantity, though, is that most will let you down. We’ve been there far too many times.
Two of us have been living in Notting Hill for over 4 years and we know the good from the ugly. So if you’re wondering where to go for the best brunch and/or breakfast in Notting Hill, read on. There’s also a little treat waiting at the end.
Enjoy and let us know if you visit any.
ETHICALLY SOURCED. MAXIMUM FLAVOUR.
Conscience Kitchen is one of our favourite spots for brunch in Notting Hill. It’s not your typical ‘give me avo on everything’ sort of place; it’s way better.
A contemporary Egyptian restaurant and coffee house, CK serves the likes of an Egyptian Brunch (think fava beans, guac sauce & pita), a Rustic Brunch (slow-roasted tomatoes, halloumi, avo sauce w/ rustic eggs) and Egg Sliders (salt beef and smoked salmon with eggs in a beaut brioche). These are great, but the fun really starts with their ever-changing menu. Come every week and you’ll find something different on offer, as well as the mainstays.
CK’s mantra is immense flavour via ethically-sourced ingredients, something they clearly live and breathe.
Dishes are wholesome, hearty and delightful; the coffee is first-rate (with plenty of blends available); the staff are super welcoming; and they use produce from the local market every single day. Enough said.
Conscience Kitchen is a truly special place.
BRUNCH DONE DIFFERENTLY
Let’s be honest, a Notting Hill brunch usually contains a tonne of avo, typically smashed, with perfectly poached eggs to accompany it. And that’s not a complaint by any means, we love the stuff, but it’s nice when a brunch menu takes things in a different direction. This is where Beam comes into its own.
Not only is it one of our favourite cafés in Notting Hill, but it also serves some of the best brunch dishes. The family’s Middle Eastern heritage is the inspiration behind the vast menu, with items like Turkish eggs, Kofte wraps and a Mediterranean breakfast (featuring feta and parsley parcels) quickly cementing themselves as fan favourites.
They also serve a banging coffee.
If you can’t tell, this is one of our top spots for brunch in Notting Hill. We adore it.
A CLASSY GREEK AFFAIR
As one of the lesser-known haunts on this list, we recommend stopping by before word gets out.
Social Cafe is the setting for a laid-back, take-life-as-it-comes-style of Notting Hill breakfast. This isn’t a place that wants you in and out; it’s small, intimate and friendly. You’ll feel like it’s your tenth visit despite being your first.
They have an all-day breakfast menu that features classic hits like smashed avo on toast, pancakes, crêpes, and poached eggs on toast with pesto. I tend to go for one of their vegan options: scrambled tofu and spinach with avo, mushroom sauté, cherry tomatoes and tahini – it’s a goodun.
VEGGIES AND SWEET TEETH
A name that needs no introduction, Ottolenghi is synonymous with flavour; a master of vegetables and salads; a purveyor of sensational sweet treats. His Notting Hill venture opened in 2002 and it has been serving happy mouths ever since.
This is very much a takeaway venue – there is a communal table at the back of the store but its seating is limited to approx 10 seats.
As you’d expect, salads are aplenty, as are some unexpected delights: I had a shakshuka (one of the best I’ve ever had) and walked away with a smoked bacon quiche.
Got a sweet tooth? You’re in the right place. I’d argue the cakes and desserts are the main attraction with some of the tastiest cheesecakes waiting to be swept off their pedestal, along with Persian cakes, passionfruit tarts and, unsurprisingly, delicate breakfast pastries.
Again, not really a place to sit and have brunch in Notting Hill, but that shouldn’t stop you from coming here – it’s simply delicious.
The Grand on Portobello
BRUNCH, THE NOTTING HILL WAY
The Grand on Portobello has everything going for it and we’re yet to hear a bad word against it. Created by a team of local residents, this is Notting Hill through and through: individual, eclectic, classy, fun and, of course, utterly fantastic.
Brunch is available until 3pm and includes the most delectable buttermilk pancakes, creme brûlée French toast and an avo on toast that’ll make you question what sorts of avo on toast you’ve been having before. We know this little section sounds OTT, but the food here is on another level, and we won’t be surprised to see many accolades against its name soon.
And if you’ve been wondering where to get the best bottomless brunch in Notting Hill, look no further. This is brunch done the Notting Hill way.
Lowry and Baker
AN AT-HOME VIBE
Most guides throw around platitudes like ‘institution’ like its going out of fashion, but Lowry & Baker may have earned this accolade.
Serving breakfasts to the Notting Hill masses since 2010, the Notting Hill café is known for its warm, laid-back approach to brunching. It’s like going round an old mate’s place for some decent grub. It’s a very difficult thing to get right, yet they’ve been managing to do it year after year.
Breakfast and brunch are available all day and include homemade granola (available to buy), brioche with ricotta and fresh berries, eggs benny, and corn fritter stacks (a personal favourite), among many others. Food is served on a delightful mix-and-match range of crockery (think Wetherspoons plates meet a classier, vintage-type affair) and with a smile.
buns from home
A CHEEKY BUN FOR THE ROAD?
Born out of lockdown baking, buns from home has gained a cult-like following – and whilst few things ever live up to their hype, we’re pleased to say Buns from Home does so with ease.
This isn’t strictly a breakfast or brunch place, more a bun-for-your-travels-pit-stop, but we had to include it on this Notting Hill breakfast list nonetheless.
Their original cinnamon bun is, at least for us, a thing of beauty: sticky, sweet, pillowy in consistency and packed with flavour, you’ve gotta get one.
Their bun menu includes cinnamon, cardamom, chocolate, and almond, as well as more adventurous flavours like banana bread, cheesecake, tiramisu, vanilla custard and more.
So if you see buns from home’s pastel-pink awning, let it draw you in, enjoy the view and order to your heart’s content.
Let us know if you visit any of these or where you love to go for a Notting Hill breakfast or brunch.
And if you’re wanting more tips on the area, be sure to check out our guides on Notting Hill coffee shops, our favourite Notting Hill pubs, Greek restaurants in the area and the best places to shop in Notting Hill.