Breakfast or brunch might just be my favourite meal of the day (provided it’s done right, of course, which usually means with plenty of meat and bread, in my case!)
And there are lots of great spots to go for breakfast around where I live in East London. A while ago, I noticed a place called ‘Foxcroft & Ginger‘ in Whitechapel when I was passing on the bus, and had been meaning to give it a go. So when I was offered the chance to try out their breakfast last week, I was really looking forward to it.
You might not notice it during the day – it’s one of the many shops and restaurants on Mile End road. The reason I spotted it in the first place was because it was dark and the name was lit up in bright lights – it looked so cosy and inviting, but cool and a bit edgy at the same time.
There’s also a Foxcroft & Ginger in Soho, which was the first to open in 2010. The business is run by a husband and wife team, Quintin and Georgina. Quintin’s surname is Foxcroft and Georgina is a proud redhead, and so the name for the cafe was formed.
I went for breakfast on my way in to work at 8am and expected it to be quiet, but there were already a few people in there. It has an open plan, industrial style vibe, like many East London venues of late.
Their menu is my idea of breakfast paradise and I found it really hard to choose. I was tempted by the Ricotta Gnocchi, Tomato Fondue, Kale and Broccoli with Poached Egg and Pecorino but then I saw there was a dish with truffle in and, well, you know me… And so I ordered the Herb Roasted Mushrooms, Poached Eggs, Truffled Hollandaise and Parmesan on Sourdough Toast. It arrived very promptly, just what you need for a mid-week breakfast when you’re on the way to work, and it was beautifully presented.
After one bite I was in a truffley-cheesey heaven. It was incredibly rich, perhaps too rich for some people, particularly for breakfast, but I loved it! I also ordered an orange juice, served in a mini milk bottle which I thought was cute!
They make all of their bread fresh each day at the Soho branch using a sourdough base (therefore without yeast), making it easier to digest. Apparently they also do some fabulous pastries too, but they didn’t appear to have any when I was there. According to their website, they sell something called a ‘cruffin’ – a cross between a croissant and a muffin, also baked with sourdough, available in Honeycomb & Lemon curd, Vanilla Custard with Jam, Chocolate Custard and ‘Snickers’ with Nuts, Salted Caramel and Chocolate.
And in the evenings they serve a wide range of sourdough pizzas, if you can’t make it in time for breakfast or brunch!
I was given a cappuccino to take away by the lovely manager, Luis, who is also a mixologist and coffee making extraordinaire! You can check out his Facebook page here.
Whether you’re closer to the Soho or the Whitechapel branch, I’d definitely recommend it for a lazy Sunday brunch.
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I was invited to review the breakfast by Foxcroft & Ginger and Luxe PR but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.