Time Out says
Please note, Breads Etcetera has now closed. Time Out Food editors, May 2018.
This bakery-cum-café has been going strong for the past decade, and come noon every weekend, there’s a queue of up to half an hour, out the door and on to Clapham High Street, for a table. So what’s the attraction? What the Danes call hygge, the Germans call Gemütlichkeit; a relaxed cosiness, created by smiling staff and toasters on the table. An enormous basket of freshly baked sourdough loaves sits on a counter-top in the middle of the room: white or wholemeal, rye or seeds, and all still wonderful despite the change of baker. The idea is to help yourself, cutting off as many different slices as you dare, and toast them at your table. This ‘DIY’ option costs £6.50, and as the staff point out, the only slightly dearer all-day breakfasts work out better value as you then get the bread for ‘free’. Not that you’ll have much room for extra toast, as the breakfast portions are huge; the ‘super duper huge omelette’ overflows even the large dinner plate it’s served on. The vegan and vegetarian options are particularly strong, from the fruit and nut french toast to a vegan version of pyttipanna (Swedish bubble and squeak). In the evenings, the emphasis changes to an Italian menu, with – of course – sourdough-based pizzas among the options. Note: it’s cash only.
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127 Clapham High Street
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Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:12
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:5
- 1 star:6
Horrible place! Horrible waiters! Everyone working there is super-unpleasant! Food? Nothing special.. Few kinds of breads with the selection of supermarket jams.. I don't know what is the big fuss about this place.. They will make you wait outside for a table. There is always a line. And it's cash only ( Hello! It's XXI century, guys!) I usually go with the TimeOut recommendations, but this place is such a disappoint! I don't know how did it happened that "Bread Etcetera" landed on this list?!?!
This place used to be good and reasonably priced. The last couple of times has been disappointing to say the least. Prices have gone up considerably - now 12 pounds just for an omelet or 13 pounds for a full english (mandatory service charge of 12.5% as well). Quality has gone down noticeably. Won't be going back.
I used to love this place, I went relatively regularly (probably more than once a month for the past two years), but recently it's really gone to the dogs.
Something has gone wrong, which is a real shame.
My last three visits:
1. The cable of the on-table toaster started sparking, and fizzing, hissing, covering my clothes with electrical sparks. the waiter didn't notice, and when I mentioned it (a little shaken up) he didn't apologise and acted as if it was nothing
2. I presume the owner/manager could be overheard having a loud and aggressive phone call with a supplier, it was really off putting to hear such aggression and near shouting-volume while I'm eating my breakfast
3. The most recent time, the butter was distinctly sour and smelled cheesy, I presume it was off
I am applying a 'three strikes and your out' policy, so won't be visiting again, which is a real shame as I used to love popping over there, either alone or with friends, for lovely fresh sourdough toast and a cup of coffee.
Came back for the first time on thursday after my first visit when they first opened up a good 5 years ago. Was truly dissapointed to say the least. Was not busy at all yet with at least 5 members of staff, including the kitchen staff I could see there was little intrest in keeping the customers happy. Seemed like half of them werent getting on and looked like they didnt want to be there! Ordered soft bolied eggs but instead the eggs were well cooked and delivered with bits of egg shells! Staff to disintrested to even come and ask if food was ok so didnt even bother to bring it up. Quickly asked for the bill after nearly burning my hand on my latte which was served in a glass...and nearkly choking after finding they had put on a service charge on my bill!!...what service?? Bring back the olden days!!!
Just another gimmicky cafe catered for local Aussies and other numpties that are still wasted from last nights drinking and need stodge to soak it all up. Fine if you want to go and spend £15 on a breakfast with the only thing good about it is the bread. The rest of the food is ropey, and well who really cares about service? It's a cafe, not a Michelin star restaurant so I won't pay for it. The only novelty about the place is the décor and the toasters that sit on the tables with toast coasting a whopping price (it should come free with the amount you spend). What's the point of it all?
Loved everything, food, concept, staff. The only thing that pull me back to go more often is the waiting queue
Good food, nice decor and interesting concept.
However were they trip over is the service. During high traffic in weekend they are rude and make you feel like they are just waiting for you to leave so they can sit the next party. This is true for the waiters as well as management. Not a welcoming environment. Would not recommend.
I had heard many good things about this delightfully cosy restaurant/bakery, so on deciding to visit with my partner for Saturday breakfast, my expectations were high. And I'm thrilled to say that neither of us were disappointed. The popularity of this restaurant did mean queueing for 15mins outside, however we were continually kept up to date with the progress of vacant tables and fed free samples of their divine homemade scones and muffins. These baking delights continued when encouraged to help ourselves to their sourdough breads (including two types of rye), to then take to our own personal toasters, accompanied by homemade jams. The menu was specific but varied so as to suit whichever mood you may be in - whether it 's some heart-warming porridge, or a refreshing dish named "Victoria's Breky", made up of salmon, dill mayonnaise and scrambled eggs (my personal favourite!). All coffee fans would be impressed by their own house roast, I sampled a delicious, non bitter cappuccino. And the Hot Chocolate was to die for. One of the best's I've had in London! The attention paid to us throughout our morning kept our spirits high, great customer service up until we left the restaurant. This is a little gem of a place, with a buzzing atmosphere and a completely unpretenscious environment. One which I couldn't leave without buying myself a walnut sourdough loaf to take home and feed to my friends so that they could get a taster for our experience. Very much looking forward to returning and testing out their sourdough pizzas which supposedly out do Franco Manca'!!
Fantastic breakfasts! We ordered 4 quite different options and all arrived together with each one looking impressive. I was told the flat whites were also very good by my friends My fiancé has a dairy intolerance and when she asked for an alternative to butter for the signature toast options, the kind chap popped down the road to buy her a suitable dairy free alternative! Great food, great service, great experience – Top Marks!
FAB FOOD, GREAT service... I cannot find fault even at busy times. queueing is part of it, once your in you can toast away!
came across this place by accident. Had a very nice breakfast there. baked eggs were great. Bread was great. service when we visited on both mornings was very good. Def worth a visit.
I went here this morning after my while family had recommended it. Lovely atmosphere, gorgeous food, average coffee. However I was highly unimpressed at the 12.5% service charge added to my bill when I could find NOTHING in the cafe anywhere that started service charge would be automatically included on my bill. That had put me off going back.
I'm a little underwhelmed by this morning's visit to say the least. Friday morning, not v busy, plenty of staff on and yet, attracting their attention was like pulling teeth... Confused by how highly rated it is to be honest.
great place. we had amazing full english breakfast. awesome bread!:) must visit when u in london :))) note- there is always queue on doors but its worth a wait!
Love this place, been recently and had no problem with the staff and it's the best place to have breakfast i've found so far in london, full english is huge plus you can top it up with as much lovely bread as you want. playing some jurassic 5 last time i was there, great vibes and very chilled if you can get there for a quiet period i.e. not weekend. going there right now for some breakfast!
tried their new pizza menu and it's very disappointing. way too much cheese, and thick stodgy base. definitely will not recommend / go again for pizzas.
I ordered the baked eggs with bacon and mushrooms. It barely contained any bacon, mostly just fat, and was swimming with water because obviously the mushrooms hadn't been fried off before cooking in the eggs so they'd leaked their fluid inside the dish. In short, horrible food with bad, scowling service. This place used to be good but the quality today was appalling. All it's got now is the toaster-on-table gimmick and that's not enough.
Weirdly we ffound the manager abrupt as well, but I think he's just keeping on top of a busy cafe... That said the bread is awsome the concept good yes it's a little expensive but for a one off good fun and very tasty. Soft boilled eggs and bacon, Salmon and scrambled eggs, loads a toast 2 teas and 2 cappacino's £26.
The perfect place to enjoy your Saturday/Sunday brunch whether you're feeling fresh or worse for wear. The staff are very attentive and friendly making you feel totally relaxed and cared for. The food is always top quality and since it's all you can eat freshly made, straight out of the oven bread you'll leave feeling completely full! I love the atmosphere - the leather booths, vintage toasters and water 'jars' really give it a warm, cosy feel. Also love the £5 pizza's in the evening :) This place deserves 5 stars!
want some great breakfast? GO THERE :) this is my favorite place ever. everything is fresh. with DIY breakfast you get unlimited bread (different kind fresh!) and every table has its own toaster :) its yummy all the way
This place has the best service, most delicious mouth watering dishes and a lovely feel to it. We come here all the time for hangover service, which always includes a knowing smile from the servants as well as large quantities of bread. A place that gives you your own toaster? A-MA-ZEBalls.
I love this place for breakfast and dinner too! Not many people know that it's there for dinner and they're really missing out. It's a totally different atmosphere to breakfast and is super warm and cosy, with delicious pizzas, salads and wine all very reasonably priced!
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