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Best Brunch in Primrose Hill

Whether you come for the pastries, the people-watching, or a plate of full English to break up a weekend walk, here’s your essential guide to the top 10 places for brunch in Primrose Hill (in no particular order).
It includes tips on what to try, links to menus, and a special brunch index to compare the cost of a coffee and a signature dish in each café or restaurant. Now tuck in…

Ripe Kitchen

VIBE: A family-run independent café that’s all about healthy eating with no compromise on the  enjoyment factor. Big on smoothies and an ideal place to explore the delightful range of sister company’s Primrose Hill Teas’ many varieties.

DON’T MISS: The famous chorizo scrambled eggs, or the vegan ‘ABJ’ of almond butter, bananas, jam and mixed seeds on toast.

TOP TIP: If you plan to take a slice of cake or more up onto Primrose Hill, bring some tupperware and they’ll give you a discount for using zero packaging.

BRUNCH INDEX: £3 for large coffee, £10 for salmon and scrambled eggs on sourdough.

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Ripe Kitchen

VIBE: A family-run independent café that’s all about healthy eating with no compromise on the  enjoyment factor. Big on smoothies and an ideal place to explore the delightful range of sister company’s Primrose Hill Teas’ many varieties.

DON’T MISS: The famous chorizo scrambled eggs, or the vegan ‘ABJ’ of almond butter, bananas, jam and mixed seeds on toast.

TOP TIP: If you plan to take a slice of cake or more up onto Primrose Hill, bring some tupperware and they’ll give you a discount for using zero packaging.

BRUNCH INDEX: £3 for large coffee, £10 for salmon and scrambled eggs on sourdough.

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La Ferme

VIBE: This modern French restaurant doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to luring in discerning brunch-timers, too. The kitchen’s flair for beautifully-presented a la carte dishes clearly informs the laidback mid-morning menu too, with some showstoppers to be enjoyed out on the heated terrace, or bathed in natural light in the classy lounge inside.

DON’T MISS: The Benedicte Breakfast of croissant with whiskey-glazed crispy bacon, avo/pea mash and poached egg. There’s little specifically for vegans, but veggie/flexi types can indulge in a creamy blob of British burrata with grilled portobello and crispy potato cake.

TOP TIP: During the Covid lockdowns, La Ferme operated as an informal deli and wine bar serving cheese and meat platters. It proved such a hit that the front remains dedicated to this use, so you can always slide into the afternoon via a decent glass of red.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.50 for a coffee, and £16 for a salmon and avo on toast breakfast.

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La Ferme

VIBE: This modern French restaurant doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to luring in discerning brunch-timers, too. The kitchen’s flair for beautifully-presented a la carte dishes clearly informs the laidback mid-morning menu too, with some showstoppers to be enjoyed out on the heated terrace, or bathed in natural light in the classy lounge inside.

DON’T MISS: The Benedicte Breakfast of croissant with whiskey-glazed crispy bacon, avo/pea mash and poached egg. There’s little specifically for vegans, but veggie/flexi types can indulge in a creamy blob of British burrata with grilled portobello and crispy potato cake.

TOP TIP: During the Covid lockdowns, La Ferme operated as an informal deli and wine bar serving cheese and meat platters. It proved such a hit that the front remains dedicated to this use, so you can always slide into the afternoon via a decent glass of red.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.50 for a coffee, and £16 for a salmon and avo on toast breakfast.

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Greenberry

VIBE: Big on brunch every single day of the week, this neighbourhood favourite is more capacious than many of the Regent’s Park Rd Riviera’s cafés, and is bustling right through into the evenings. They boast not one, but two dedicated brunch menus, running the full gamut between pastries and granolas to substantial burgers as things head towards lunchtime.

DON’T MISS: Try the fresh crab, poached egg with hollandaise and truffle oil for a decadent twist on a breakfast staple, or the vegan tofu poke bowl that’s brimming with quinoa, edamame, pickled cucumber and much more.

TOP TIP: The tiki-style kerbside cabanas first introduced for social distancing purposes have become one of the star attractions of Greenberry, and are well worth booking as they are relatively weather-proof, with blankets on hand to keep you toasty.

BRUNCH INDEX: £3 for coffee, £12.50 for the Greenberry Breakfast with Barrett’s sausage and streaky bacon


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Greenberry

VIBE: Big on brunch every single day of the week, this neighbourhood favourite is more capacious than many of the Regent’s Park Rd Riviera’s cafés, and is bustling right through into the evenings. They boast not one, but two dedicated brunch menus, running the full gamut between pastries and granolas to substantial burgers as things head towards lunchtime.

DON’T MISS: Try the fresh crab, poached egg with hollandaise and truffle oil for a decadent twist on a breakfast staple, or the vegan tofu poke bowl that’s brimming with quinoa, edamame, pickled cucumber and much more.

TOP TIP: The tiki-style kerbside cabanas first introduced for social distancing purposes have become one of the star attractions of Greenberry, and are well worth booking as they are relatively weather-proof, with blankets on hand to keep you toasty.

BRUNCH INDEX: £3 for coffee, £12.50 for the Greenberry Breakfast with Barrett’s sausage and streaky bacon.


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The Little One

THE VIBE: The hole-in-the-wall stylings of this popular pit-stop belie its impressive output, which goes way beyond the (very good) coffee. Inside may be tiny, but they manage to fit in a small-batch roastery and bake all their muffins and breads on the premises too. While you’ll need to look further up the road for starched tablecloths, simply pulling up a stool on the forecourt of the former Chalk Farm Garage & Car Wash of a lazy morning is a modern day Primrose Hill must do.

DON’T MISS: Filled crepes are the big brunchy thing here, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too.

TOP TIP: Make sure you leave with a few of their fresh Brazilian Pao De Queijo cheesy bread balls, which go down surprisingly well alongside a latte or cappuccino.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.30 for the real deal coffee, £8.50 for a Big Breakfast crepe with ham, cheese, tomato, spinach and mushroom.

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The Little One

THE VIBE: The hole-in-the-wall stylings of this popular pit-stop belie its impressive output, which goes way beyond the (very good) coffee. Inside may be tiny, but they manage to fit in a small-batch roastery and bake all their muffins and breads on the premises too. While you’ll need to look further up the road for starched tablecloths, simply pulling up a stool on the forecourt of the former Chalk Farm Garage & Car Wash of a lazy morning is a modern day Primrose Hill must do.

DON’T MISS: Filled crepes are the big brunchy thing here, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options too.

TOP TIP: Make sure you leave with a few of their fresh Brazilian Pao De Queijo cheesy bread balls, which go down surprisingly well alongside a latte or cappuccino.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.30 for the real deal coffee, £8.50 for a Big Breakfast crepe with ham, cheese, tomato, spinach and mushroom.

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Melrose & Morgan

VIBE: A bright and airy modern glass box of a location, near the Regent’s Canal, this is a place to pick up some quality produce for the rest of the week, as much as it is a great spot for healthy brunching.

DON’T MISS: The sardines and cappers on sourdough with red onion chutney for a break from the norm salmon and eggs. Vegans should head for the colourful mixed salad plates and bowls.

TOP TIP: Make sure you take home a jar of M&M’s very own wildflower honey, marmalade or jams to ease you through those more rushed midweek mornings.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.90 for a coffee, £10 for baked salmon and soft-boiled egg on toast.

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Melrose & Morgan

VIBE: A bright and airy modern glass box of a location, near the Regent’s Canal, this is a place to pick up some quality produce for the rest of the week, as much as it is a great spot for healthy brunching.

DON’T MISS: The sardines and cappers on sourdough with red onion chutney for a break from the norm salmon and eggs. Vegans should head for the colourful mixed salad plates and bowls.

TOP TIP: Make sure you take home a jar of M&M’s very own wildflower honey, marmalade or jams to ease you through those more rushed midweek mornings.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.90 for a coffee, £10 for baked salmon and soft-boiled egg on toast.

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Sam’s Café

VIBE: This self-proclaimed ‘greasy spoon without the grease’ does a cracking all-day breakfast menu from 8am daily, featuring classics including bacon rolls and eggs royale, all from another pretty Primrose Hill corner, this one nestled in the middle of the hansom terraces of Chalcot Rd.

DON’T MISS: Their punchy halloumi and harissa mayo breakfast roll, or ‘Andrew’s Full Plantbase’ brekkie, featuring vegan sausage and scrambled tofu.

TOP TIP: There’s a vintage jukebox at your disposal that was curated by none other than Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant, plus a well-thumbed selection of decent books to keep you fully entertained.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.50 for a coffee, £12 for a Full English

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Sam’s Café

VIBE: This self-proclaimed ‘greasy spoon without the grease’ does a cracking all-day breakfast menu from 8am daily, featuring classics including bacon rolls and eggs royale, all from another pretty Primrose Hill corner, this one nestled in the middle of the hansom terraces of Chalcot Rd.

DON’T MISS: Their punchy halloumi and harissa mayo breakfast roll, or ‘Andrew’s Full Plantbase’ brekkie, featuring vegan sausage and scrambled tofu.

TOP TIP: There’s a vintage jukebox at your disposal that was curated by none other than Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant, plus a well-thumbed selection of decent books to keep you fully entertained.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.50 for a coffee, £12 for a Full English

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Sweet Things

VIBE: As the name suggests, this café began as a market stall selling cakes, and has grown into a popular spot for breakfast or afternoon tea, with an in-demand weekend brunch.

DON’T MISS: The New York style Reuben pastrami and sauerkraut bagel, or vegan roast red pepper and avocado version.

TOP TIP: The café’s granola and triple chocolate brownies have both won awards and can be posted out to anyone in UK, so you can ponder who you love enough for such a treat over some tea and a pastry.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.50 for coffee, £8.50 for a shakshuka with two eggs and toast.

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Sweet Things

VIBE: As the name suggests, this café began as a market stall selling cakes, and has grown into a popular spot for breakfast or afternoon tea, with an in-demand weekend brunch.

DON’T MISS: The New York style Reuben pastrami and sauerkraut bagel, or vegan roast red pepper and avocado version.

TOP TIP: The café’s granola and triple chocolate brownies have both won awards and can be posted out to anyone in UK, so you can ponder who you love enough for such a treat over some tea and a pastry.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2.50 for coffee, £8.50 for a shakshuka with two eggs and toast.

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Manna

VIBE: A true pioneer, Manna has been serving seasonal plant-based fayre on Erskine Road since way back in 1966(!), when a meat-free diet was firmly rooted in the Camden Town counterculture. More recently the restaurant has gone 100% vegan, opening as a deli business over lockdown.

DON’T MISS: Sautéed cinnamon apple and walnut waffle with vanilla calvados sauce or the ‘omelette’ made from chickpea flour and potatoes.

TOP TIP: Don’t go there yet! Manna is currently closed due to ongoing Covid disruption, but aims to reopen in early 2022, so keep an eye on their website for more info and we’ll update this guide when the are back doing brunch.

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Manna

VIBE: A true pioneer, Manna has been serving seasonal plant-based fayre on Erskine Road since way back in 1966(!), when a meat-free diet was firmly rooted in the Camden Town counterculture. More recently the restaurant has gone 100% vegan, opening as a deli business over lockdown.

DON’T MISS: Sautéed cinnamon apple and walnut waffle with vanilla calvados sauce or the ‘omelette’ made from chickpea flour and potatoes.

TOP TIP: Don’t go there yet! Manna is currently closed due to ongoing Covid disruption, but aims to reopen in early 2022, so keep an eye on their website for more info and we’ll update this guide when the are back doing brunch.

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Le Tea Cosy

VIBE: Probably the most unpretentious, if a little tired, café on the main drag, and the closest one to the grassy expanse of Primrose Hill itself. 

DON’T MISS: The classic scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, on the vegan mushrooms on toast.

TOP TIP: The outdoor tables are a particularly good location for people-watching, from the endless dog-walker-types to regular sighting of top flight celebs.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2 for coffee, and £4.95 for a Full English.

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Le Tea Cosy

VIBE: Probably the most unpretentious, if a little tired, café on the main drag, and the closest one to the grassy expanse of Primrose Hill itself.

DON’T MISS: The classic scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, on the vegan mushrooms on toast.

TOP TIP: The outdoor tables are a particularly good location for people-watching, from the endless dog-walker-types to regular sighting of top flight celebs.

BRUNCH INDEX: £2 for coffee, and £4.95 for a Full English.

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Something lighter?

Primrose Bakery turned into a takeaway during lockdown and don’t plan on bringing their tables back, but their famous cup cakes are ideal to pick up as a treat for when you get to the top of the Hill.

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Anthony’s Deli is a stalwart of the Regent’s Park Rd café scene, serving paninis filled with Italian produce and freshly baked pastries, from a charming little corner vantage. If weather permits, try and snag a pavement seat beside the large Royals with ABBAtude street art by mysterious local spraycan champ Bambi.

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