Crumpets are a staple at most British breakfast tables. Their the round, fluffy, pre-packaged morning snack that are usually simply toasted and slathered with a slice of butter.
In true London style simple is never an option and here are 6 extraordinary crumpets to eat in the capital!
Good and Proper Tea is a cafe dedicated to the good old combination of tea and crumpets and as with most things in London, there’s nothing ordinary about them. They have a menu of over 22 loose leaf teas and their homemade sourdough crumpets are, wait for it… SQUARE! Topped with melted cheese, raspberry jam or simply butter and salt, every month they do crumpet collaboration with a brand, restaurant or local producer and this salted caramel combination was in partnership with London sugar queen Fatties. Find them and their tea truck at Brockley Market every Saturday too.
96A Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TX, https://www.goodandpropertea.com
Dirty Bones are the self-confessed ‘best hangover brunch in London’ and it’s dishes like their pimped up crumpets that will have your sore head feeling right as rain in no time. Describing themselves as NYC inspired comfort food, they do three types of their dirty bones crumpets and these particular ones are topped with beef short rib, unmami butter, poached eggs and hollandaise. It’s dimly lit and a little bit grungy (in a good way!) so stick a cocktail or two in there and you got yourself your next weekend bottomless brunch.
14 Denman Street, London, W1D 7HJ, http://dirty-bones.com
Balham in South London is not short of a few cool brunch places and Brother Marcus is one of them. Their menu’s made up of their own twist on brunch classics and their ‘Sugar Daddy’ is not like any other breakfast dish you’ve ever eaten before. Their crumpets have been turned into cinnamon french toast and served with caramelised banana, pecans, and vanilla yoghurt. You’ll find a youngish crowd meeting up over breakfast on a Saturday or nursing a sore head on a Sunday. It’s a busy, trendy and local place, and if you want to see their savoury options check out their sweet potato fritters on my October Food Finds.
9 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 8JA, http://brothermarcus.co.uk
Opposite Smithfield Market is this unsuspecting and very cool cafe. It’s got a cozy, shabby chic interior with bare brick walls and distressed tables and their crumpets are unlike any others you’ll find on this list. Made just for you fresh for you fresh in-house, they are breadier in texture than others you’ve probably tried before and if that makes no sense zoom into the picture above and you’ll see what I mean. Served with homemade jams and surprisingly (thankfully) they come in threes as two is just never enough, right? The perfect spot for a solo morning breakfast. Sit in the window and watch the world go by.
50-52 Long Ln, London EC1A 9EJ, http://askforjanice.co.uk
What if you give a crumpet to a chef and put it in one of Londons coolest markets, what happens? It becomes no ordinary breakfast! Flank is a new British, meat-heavy eatery recently opened in Spitalfields. With a focus on using the ’nose to tail’ of the animal, their buttery sourdough crumpets are topped with melt in your mouth beef shin, marmite and peanuts. There’s also a ham hock, boiled egg and leek version. Now THAT’S what you call a crumpet!
Brushfield Street,Spitalfields, London E1 6AA, http://www.spitalfields.co.uk/
Sourced cafe does exactly what it says on the tin. They’re a casual ‘serve yourself’ cafe that sources the best artisanal food from local independent business. These crumpets are made by Jones’ who are small business with a mission to craft the perfect crumpet. Soft and squidgy, these ones are served with banana and pip&nut peanut butter. 100% vegan and no preservatives too so very healthy for breakfast!