There’s no shortage of great brunch places around South East London but I think I’ve now found a solid favourite, by way of Brick House Bread, which has two locations in East Dulwich and Peckham Rye. It’s the original, the East Dulwich spot I’m here to rave about (though the smaller bakery just off of Peckham Rye is a good quick coffee stop) which is set in an airy old electrical warehouse just off Lordship Lane. It's got that raw industrial feel and houses a working bakery, shop, and café, which, at any time of day you can expect to find buzzing with mums and babies, friends grabbing brunch, or studious types plugging away on their laptops. With large, old windows, it’s flooded with natural light and has a poured concrete floor, white wash brick walls, and simple Scandi-ish wooden tables and chairs.
Owners, Fergus and Sharmin Jackson are San Francisco natives hence Brick House specialises in chewy, crusty San Fran-style sourdough. You’ll want to order everything on the brunch menu, be it the toasted brioche with fresh figs and mascarpone, smoked haddock with spiced potatoes, or fried eggs and greens on sourdough, before taking home a couple of crusty loaves for later. Should they have any left that is... they were flying off the shelves when we last went, with cooler-than-cool looking parents taking tasty loves home, no doubt for kids’ sandwiches and boujee bruschetta dinners. Oh, that East Dulwich life...
I went basic and got dippy eggs with buttery sourdough soldiers, which I doused in the marmite that’s put on every table. DELICIOUS. Ed got the shakshuka with spicy Merguez lamb sausages, which was SO tasty and rich, with peppers, yoghurt and zingy zhug.
I can’t wait to go back for more soldiers, to try the smoked haddock brekkie, and the colourful salads that are piled high in bowls at the counter, and to soak up more of the that cool cafe buzz and the beautiful raw space. Love it.
BRICK HOUSE BREAD, 1 ZENORIA STREET, EAST DULWICH, SE22 8HP.