One of my favourite things about being back in London is that I'm back to brunching most weekends. While I have a massive list of places I want to try all over town, I'm trying to be intentional about getting to know my local area a bit better. As a result, I've pushed everywhere in London Bridge, Borough, Bermondsey and Southwark to the top of my list. Village East (from the same people who brought us The Riding House Cafe) on Bermondsey Street has been on my list for a while, se we decided to book ourselves in for brunch on Sunday. Also, how lovely is Bermondsey Street? It's like South East London's answer to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Settling into a window seat, I started with my two favourite brunch drinks: a house Bloody Mary, and a freshly squeezed juice. The Bloody Mary was great, not too fussy, with just the right amount of a kick, but I could have done with it being more savoury. However, still a very good example, and I think on my next visit I'm going to try their cucumber version. My juice (carrot, ginger and pomegranate) was lovely, refreshing, and slightly more unique thanks to the pomegranate. I always get the juices at Riding House when I'm there for meetings, so it was no surprise that this was lovely, and just what I needed on a Sunday morning.
In my usual pre-meal browse of the menu I'd already identified the item I knew I had to order (though I added a side of avocado because I was in the mood): the Campfire Breakfast. Slow cooked, pulled pork shoulder, mixed with homemade barbecue beans, topped with two fried eggs, chives, and served with toast to mop up all of the juices. This was bloody good, something a bit different, and while I was stone cold sober, would probably make an even better hangover cure than a traditional Full English.
He went in more of a traditional direction with a pint and a cheeseburger. Not really my domain, but doesn't it look fantastic? And on a lovely bun. I did steal a few fries, however, and I can confirm that if you are so inclined, they'd make a fantastic side order to share. Though, if you're brunching on a Sunday rather than a Saturday, you can order roast potatoes on the side instead.
I'd love some more recommendations for my immediate area. In Southwark, I'm excited to try Bala Baya, and obviously at Borough Market I want to try Padella when it has become less busy. I snapped menu shots while I was wandering up and down Bermondsey Street of menus on my phone to remember for later, and I can't wait to try Casse-Croûte, Tanner & Co., and The Bermondsey Yard Cafe.