Brickwood Balham

Restaurants, Cafés Balham
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5 out of 5 stars
(45user reviews)
Brickwood Balham, 2018

Balham brunch café with great Aussie-style dishes, friendly service and no queues.

It’s a brave caff that opens up a few doors away from M1lk on Hildreth Street, a local destination that has queues out of the door every weekend. But Brickwood has a track record: the original Clapham branch also does a roaring trade. Brickwood has upped the game for Balham, with its beautifully crafted shack-like interior, extensive menu, and service from cheerful Aussies who are even chummier than the norm. Brunch is served until 3pm, with imaginative dishes such as wild mushrooms on brioche with poached egg, grated pecorino and truffle oil – for an extra £2, you can add morsels of ham hock.


Venue name: Brickwood Balham
Address: 11 Hildreth St
SW12 9RQ
Opening hours: 7am-6pm Mon-Fri. 9am-6pm Sat, Sun. Brunch served until 3pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Balham
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:36
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Hands down the best coffee in Balham and in the running for the best cheese toastie too.If you live in the area I wouldn’t suggest trying to get a table on a Sunday morning as you may be queueing for quite a long time.If it is a sunny day, grab your coffee and wonder in the market.The staff are amazing and so friendly and will never leave you waiting long.If you can, take the extra few steps away from Starbucks near by and head here. 


Best french toast in London! Brickwood is just a wonderful small cafe in Clapham (If you're there on a Saturday it's the on with the Queue out the door) 

The coffee is superb with great food selections for veggies and non-veggies. Whenever I want to show off London's quality brunches, brick wood is always number 1 on the list. 

Cannot recommend enough, you have to go. 


Had a very good diced butternut squash salad with feta. Whilst 4 quid is a bit much for the portion (as takeaway), the great savoury taste made up for it. Amiable staff and cosy interior with a red brick wall.

I've recently moved to the area and Brickwood is such a great place the coffee is amazing, the food is amazing and the staff are amazing too. I'm here that much now I'm on first name terms with staff and they all know my coffee... Flat White every time.

I really hope these guys win.

The coffee is great and the staff and friendly and it is a top sunny location in the summer. Plus they just brought in blankets for the cold days so you can still get some fresh air. Music is a bit loud for brunch with a hangover though which I do enjoy!

I'm new to Balham after 7 years in the Sydney cafe culture and this is my favourite place so far! Everything looks, tastes and feels good! And with several veggie options and delicious coffee I'm in my element!! Thanks guys ;0)

Although I haven't had brunch here I wasn't much impressed with the general service. Came in for a coffee one afternoon with the intention of getting some work done on my laptop. Wifi was non-existent i.e. would not work, and the staff didn't seem particularly helpful in trying to fix it. Decided to try and do some reading instead. This was made almost impossible by the persistently screeching baby. May have just been an off day for this place though as I usually hear good things about it.

Great food (although a bit pricey) and solid coffee options served with a smile in a hip environment

Authentic Australian/New Zealand partnership with quality coffee, varied menu including antipodean favourites with a twist (think Tim Tam muffins), and lovely service. Funky interior with corrugated iron and recycled timber walls, and coffee sack ceiling. Outdoor seating, wifi, wall power for working while caffeinating and dog friendly. Plenty of room inside and out for prams and high chairs available. We like it!

Great service, great coffee, great vibes - what more could you ask for? Love this place and their Australian goodies (makes me feel a little closer to home).

The staff is very friendly and the food is delicious !!! Just the best place to hang out to be honest !!

The staff are amazing here, the food is fab and I love the NZ snacks on offer! Music is cool too. I look foward to the new section opening.

The staff are the friendliest around. You get a real sense of home when you walk in the door no matter where in the world you're from. And their banana bread is AMAZING!!!

As a local in Balham we're spoiled for choice when it comes to brunch/coffee options. After a year and a half of trying all the options and making multiple 2nd and 3rd trips back to my favourites, I've decided I like Brickwood the best.

The coffee is as perfect as you can get, and the banana bread with espresso butter is so delicious. It's now my go to breakfast when I work from home. They also have wifi which is helpful.

I also really like the granola/muesli. It comes in a large bowl with a mixture of nutty granola and toasted muesli with lots of fruit and yoghurt. The perfect after Park Run breakfast - fresh, big and tasty! (Sorry the photo is half eaten)

If you're in Balham, Brickwood is definitely worth a visit and I would say it's even worth the trip from other parts of London.


If you've ever lived in Balham or the surrounding areas you know that Brunch is a very important staple of your weekend activities, and usually that means setting aside an hour to stand in the ridiculously long queue at M1lk... but the weekend just gone my friend and I forwent wasting an hour of our Sunday morning in a queue and snapped ourselves up a table in an instant at Brickwood just a few doors down. We were lurred in by the tables outside laden with plates stacked with avocado, bacon, sourdough and syrups - all of the things you'd expect to find at a decent brunch serving - they drew us in.

Coffees and smoothies help break you into your meal, and we both ordered the £4 diary free chocolate and banana smoothie/shake which came served in a small milk bottle - yeh, I still love shit like this and i'm not even sorry about it. It's bloody cute and I think makes things taste even better, and this shake in particular was bloody delicious. Thick and chocolatey, indulgent, quite rich and ultimately refreshing. Also extremely easy to guzzle down and we were both making that awful slurpy sucky noise with our straws within minutes!

I was torn between what to order. Infront of us was the bar which was stacked full with ready to melt cheese toasties and I was super keen to order the pulled pork, pickle and cheese toasty which looked divine, but as it was brunch I discarded that choice and narrowed it down to 2 classics: smashed avocado on sourdough with chorizo & poached egg, and the French Toasted Bricohe with walnuts, berry compote and syrup. In the end, we ordered one of each, her the avo, me the french toast.

Oh sweet lordy it was bloody wonderful. Huge slices of sweet, light brioche arrived on my plate with a generous dollop of shiny, sweet, sugary, gooey berries and syrup sticky walnuts dotted around for extra texture. While a bit pricy at £9.50 you certainly didn't feel short changed. Despite being quite full I practically scraped my plate clean of the remaining syrup and berry juice before trying a small bite of my friends smooth avocado and sourdough. She wouldn't share the chorizo (fair enough, I wouldn't have done) but she assured me it was a juicy, meaty delight!

Our bill came to £27 without an optional tip - probably a fraction more expensive than M1lk (but only very slightly), but as the lack of queue gave us an hour extra to enjoy our Sunday morning, it was worth it. Whatever genius thought it a good idea to provide another wonderful and delicious brunch option that end of Balham deserves a medal!


This review is about the Tooting Branch.

I tried it when it first opened a few months ago and thought it was alright but wasn't overly impressed. But I went again for breakfast yesterday and lunch today and the food is really good. Really good quality, well prepared and thoughtful dishes.

Yesterday I had the smashed avocado, poached eggs and chorizo - perfection and they do a really good pot of tea too! Today as my kitchen was unexpectedly out of commission I got a takeaway ham and cheese sourdough toast. OMG for something so humble sounding it was outrageously good!

If you're in Tooting I'd recommend a visit - the only downside is it being located in the market means its pretty chilly, even right by the heater.

Hands down the most exceptional cheese toasted sandwich I have EVER eaten in my life. EVER. And the coffee is on point too.

Love this super laid back place, I go here nearly every day. Rustic, relaxing and with amazing food and genuinely lovely staff.

Great cafe with the best coffee around. Staff are super friendly as well.

Started going to Brickwood when they opened in Balham. Love everything about this place; The coffee, food, atmosphere and the amazing staff!


Love this cosy brunch spot located just off Clapham Common. Great atmosphere and very attentive and friendly staff. Toasted sandwiches to die for, although can be pretty hectic on the weekends! Worth the wait for a table though, their coffee is epic too.


It was a struggle to walk past M1lk in Balham this weekend to give another Aussie brunch bar a go; Brickwood, whose Clapham restaurant has been whipping up delicious brunches every weekend. But with its cool, shabby chic decor and inventive menu, Brickwood seemed it would be worth a go.

My poached eggs with smashed avocado on Brixton sourdough and chorizo was tasty; eggs runny, avocado with a hint of chilli and smoky juicy chorizo on crispy sourdough (be prepared to use tour hands, it is quite hard to cut!)- however, the portion did seem a bit stingy for nearly £10. The French toast with maple syrup and bacon seems a better option if you are wanting to leave fuller, and the toast looks light and fluffy rather than stodgy and sickly.

The smaller portions did mean I was able to be tempted by the cakes on selection and the gluten free orange and almond was moist and lovely flavour. Overall, it was a yummy breakfast, but it, unfortunately, is inferior to other brunch options in Balham, but it will be a top second choice.

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