Brickwood Clapham

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Clapham
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(53user reviews)
Brickwood Clapham, 2016

This café, just over the road from Clapham Common tube, is one of the new wave of Antipodean-style cafés that make much of their brunch menu (served  here until 3pm), and their coffee - all the equipment and beans here are tip-top. The two-floor interior’s fashionably rough and ready, and there’s a yard at the back with outside seating ­– not catching on the sun on our midday visit, but this didn’t deter hardier diners. 

The dishes are attractively presented with smears of colour and pretty leaf garnishes and sprouts, but at heart, this is simple food based around baking, hot grilled sandwiches and fry-ups. The eggs were perfectly poached, the fried bits perfectly fried. And the flavours worked, even odd combos such as beetroot, corn fritters and halloumi, and an extra of smashed avocado.

On both of our visits months apart, the service was amateurish. Waits were long, orders forgotten, coffee clumsily made, and – on one visit - the meal bill given as a verbal total, rather than itemised so that it could be checked. Be warned too that with add-on prices for many ‘extras’, the bill can come to more than you might expect.


Venue name: Brickwood Clapham
Address: 16 Clapham Common South Side
Opening hours: Open 7am-6pm Mon-Fri; 9am-6pm Sat and Sun
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:42
  • 4 star:7
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Fell in love with this adorable cafe while visiting London. I ended up coming here many days to work and was pleased to see a good mixture of folks on their laptops (like me!) and others socializing with friends. Friendly staff and good music!


What I like about Brickwood is that they keep things fairly simple. Delicious moist banana bread, runny poached eggs and solid coffee and sourdough. The only issue is that they are rather small so there can be a bit of a wait for seating, especially on weekends. The menu hasn’t changed all that much over the years but sometimes you want that reliable weekend brunch. Those toasties always hit the spot and although the Kumara isn’t bad, but I feel like the sweet potato could have a bit more seasoning or spice… like dukkah or honeyed to bring it all together.

What we had: 

* Kumara: sweet potato and feta with poached egg, kale pesto and pumpkin seeds on toast

* Chunky ham hock and cheese toastie with Tom Wicks Manor ham hock and mature cheddar with truffle mustard mayo

Tip: if you’re keen on a weekend brunch, it’s best to get there early as they do get rather packed out. There is additional downstairs seating and also an outdoor area which is great in the warmer months.

Good For: small groups, casual breakfast/ brunch/ coffee/ lunch, quick meal, outdoor area.

You can't book here, so get there early or prepare to wait 20-30 mintues for a table.  It's worth it though. Love the Clarence court eggs they use here, and the smashed avo is one of the best in London.  The coffee is also brilliant, and they offer oat and almond milk for those who avoid dairy.  Make sure you pay a visit!


This Australian chain in SW of London is popular (primarily with Australians too) for their breakfasts and brunches, if you can manage the patience of waiting in a line. The food is good, with my favourite being the smashed avo and feta. The freshly squeezed juices are great too - presented in cute little drinking jars! Although a little pricey for my liking, the industrial-feel decor, constant buzz and the overall good quality of the food make it worthwhile.


Branching away from my North West abode, this is a lovely little brunch spot. Bringing a taste of New Zealand to the streets of Clapham - apparently being a kewi will instantly land you a job here - the place is incredibly friendly, even at 9am on a Saturday morning.

The coffee is great, ethical beans is my thing, and the food is also great. My toast was loaded with creamy avocado and the egg yokes so orange they looked as though they were freshly laid that morning.

If you’re in the area I’d highly recommend, the prices are very reasonable too!


I used to work by Brickwood and the lines on the weekend were always down the block. I would usually stop in early for toasties and they are outstanding. Buttery, cheesy and the bread is fresh and delicious. Perfect to grab and go if you don't have the time to wait around for their brunch menu.


I count myself pretty fortunate that I live down the road from this place. I can literally roll out of bed and join the queue for a tasty Sunday brunch. The coffee is great (don’t forget to pick up a loyalty card) and the breakfasts are really inventive and delicious. Of course there is the usual selection of avocado, sour dough and all the other ingredients that no brunch place in Clapham would dare leave off the menu. But it’s what they do with it that makes Brickwood stand out. They also do great toasties for lunch times. Although it is slightly overpriced in my opinion. They do pack the tables in but you’ll be grateful for that when you find yourself queuing in the rain. They also have a nice outdoors patio if the weather is good, and heaters if it’s looking a bit more…British outside. If you can’t be bothered with queuing you can pop in for a takeaway coffee and while you’re there I dare you to try resisting their selection of amazing looking pastries and cakes.

Probably one of my favourite brunch places in South London - top quality coffee (would recommend the almond milk latte) and a delicious range of brunch/breakfasty type dishes. AND they serve brunch until 3pm which is definitely how it should be! Their avo on toast is one of the best I've had and their poached eggs are morsels of orangey yolky goodness!!! The cute garden outside is perfect in warmer months and during chillier months they provide blankets and if you go on a sunny day, it's a glorious little sun trap. 


I love this place, makes me feel like I could be back in Melbourne if I just shut my eyes. Exquisite food and drinks, and they sell Tim Tams, what is not to love about that!!! Aussie's really know good cafe's, if you're looking for a different kind of coffee shop, give Brickwood a visit, even if it's just for the banana bread!


Pretty cool south of the river Antipodean cafe that does brunch well, seem to be popping up all over the place at the moment. Coffee is pretty good and nice that you can purchase Aussie and Kiwi treats on your way out, only qualm would be that they need more veggie options on the menu....that's something that Aussies, especially Melbourne do amazingly well and needs to be brought over here! Also, would be amazing if man and dog could be available to sit in window to entice people (females) in! Haha

Although the food is very typical of this type of establishment, the coffee is my favourite in all of Clapham Common. I sometimes venture out just for a flat white to bring back home with me.

Best cafe in London! Good food, great interior décor and a nice vibe. It's the only cafe worth coming to.

my very favourite aussie cafe...great coffee, food, background music, lovely little courtyard for summer...

Variety of menu choices, delicious cakes, friendly staff, I can't get enough!

This space is the perfect spot to escape from the hustle and bustle of London. There's a beautiful secret garden out the back and good tunes. I've been here for food a few times now and it is always simply delicious! Coffee is top quality and staff are friendly. Favourite cafe by a mile!

Took my best friend last sunday, she came to visit me from Geneva... and we had an absolutely lovely time at Brickwood. The food was excellent ! Will suggest this place to my other friends

Love the wooden interior, tables outside and one of the best portions of chorizo, avo and feta on a brunch I've had yet! My go to Clapham brunch spot.

Absolutely love this the retro feel & the staff make it what it is, they're all so lovely & helpful & friendly! I have to eat a gluten free diet & Brickwood caters for people like me offering various GF options including the most amazing almond & orange cake. This place deserves to win! x

Conveniently located coffeeshop with great coffee, hearty food, and unique twists on old favorites. Their Banana Bread 2.0 with blueberry compote, mascarpone, and crushed pistachios is ridiculous!

Brickwood has excellent food, friendly service and a really relaxed atmosphere. They've utilised their downstairs space perfectly for freelancers and students looking for a nice place to work, and equally have made the most of their outside space, creating a lovely garden.

Best coffee, banana bread and smashed avo in London - cures post Australia blues!!!!!


I agree with the reviews below- the food here is brilliant, but the service is slow (though friendly), and not getting an itemised bill is really frustrating. The menu range on offer is brilliant- on different visits we've had poached eggs and avocado on toast, The Butcher fry up, French toast with maple syrup, bacon and bananas, and sweet potato and feta on toast. All utterly delicious, and all well-priced. My favourite item has to be their banana bread with espresso butter, or mascarpone and fruit compote- it is GLORIOUS and a nice way to end off brunch! On warm days the garden out the back is a delightfully sheltered from any wind, and worth waiting for a table in. So brave the queue, don't go if you're in a hurry, and prepare for a vey good breakfast indeed. 

I love the place, the environment, concept, food and the outside garden, but as always an amazing place you need to worth it and sometimes wait quite a long time


If I was reviewing just the food, full marks, delicious brunch (I had 'The Butcher' swapping out black pudding for delicious chorizo. A decent sized portion made fresh, very filling. However, there are a few things that would knock this place into my fave brunch provider. The queue on a Sunday was snaking down the road (not their fault, it shows how good the food is!) so there's a bit of a wait. Secondly, the drinks prices are a bit eye-watering - I had an apple juice (they'd run out of OJ) that was just under £4 for probably two big mouthfuls. Lastly, you don't get given a bill, you pay at the counter, which is a bit tricksy when you're splitting between 4 or 5 friends who've all eaten different things and the place is rammed and you feel guilty for spending £8 on apple juice (one day I hope to be the kind of person who just pays the whole bill but alas, those days are far away).


If I was to rate this place exclusively on the food, it would have scored 4.8 out of 5, but unfortunately, many other factors meant this just wasn’t possible.

Located next to Honky Tonk on Clapham Common South Side, Brickwood really stands out with its pastel mint green shop front and at brunch time on a Saturday, it was packed! There were bums on seats at every table, on every bar stool and yard bench (out back) with a consistent queue out the door. Fortunately, a lot of people had decided to grab takeaway sourdough toasties and pastries, so the wait for a table was only around ten minutes.

I loved the busy vibe and we had a great table at the back next to the window looking onto the back yard. However, when were first sat down, I wasn’t sure whether the glasses and bottle of tap water were fresh as there was still an empty can of drink on our table that hadn’t been cleared away. Nevertheless, I excitedly ordered a flat white and the corn fritters with roasted vegetables, halloumi, beetroot crème fraiche and poached egg.

It arrived beautifully presented, so much so that it took me a minute to realise that the halloumi was missing! As a halloumi lover and the fact the dish was £9, I asked a waitress and she quickly checked the menu and apologised. They didn’t offer to refresh my dish, but brought out a single piece of grilled halloumi on a side plate. The corn fritters were crispy, the roasted veg were sweet and the egg was perfectly poached- it was SUCH a shame they had forgotten the halloumi!! Maybe it was a one off, but it really wasn’t acceptable to miss a main ingredient.

Last things to be aware of… you pay at the counter as you leave with your table number (which we found out after trying to flag down a waitress for some time!) and if you want an itemised bill, you will have to ask, as they only read out the total to you. Definitely go for the food, just make sure you get everything you ordered!

Amazing coffee with a good atmosphere. Menu changes according to the season, but is always delicious.

Great food, great coffee and service is 👌 - you'd be silly to not check this place out - manager seems to have it all under control! Oh and their banana bread with espresso butter 😍

Such a lovely little cafe with an outside area at the back, where they give you rugs to keep you warm. Amazing brunch food as well - definitely recommend!

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Great for breakfast, excellent coffee too. The courtyard is lovely in the summer.

Every time I'd go somewhere else for breakfast, id be disappointed. Soooo I've stopped going anywhere else ❤️@BrickwoodLDN

This place has nailed it.. Great coffee but not over the top with the trends. Food as good as any cafe in London. Not out of place in Melb, Syd or Auckland. Few stops from tube. Sorted

love love love this place. Great coffee (and I'm a huge coffee snob), friendly service, great ambience and delicious food. My favourite cafe in London !

Excellent addition to the Clapham café scene. Really buzzy, very friendly staff. Great coffee and very nice food. Free Wi-Fi in the spacious downstairs working area. Very nice outside space with fleece blankets for snuggling! Highly recommended.

Highly recommend this wonderful coffee house in Clapham. Great place for coffee and a weekend brunch. The food is excellent and the staff were very helpful in giving me great ideas of new things to try. Interesting decor and loved the outside area, where you can sit out, even in the winter.

Just what Clapham needs. Great urban cafe feel, nice staff and great selection of dishes which will keep you coming back for more AND most importantly caravan coffee is served perfectly.

Love the breakfast at Brickwood, is ideally located near Clapham tube so I stop in on way to work for a smoked salmon bagel and cup of caravan coffee to go. Staff are very friendly and interior is pretty cool too, very different from anything else in Clap. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

I love this place - excellent food (try the pulled pork toastie), friendly staff, cool decor and a buzzing atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Has all the makings of a winner, if it wasn't for the appalling service. Have given this place a few chances now, allowing some time for them to settle in, but I am really shocked by their failure to lift their game. There were servers for miles, and yet nobody it seemed, knew what they were doing, or cared. The wrong food and coffee was delivered, and yet instead of being genuinely apologetic, the attitude was completely condescending (which has come across on each occasion I have visited). It is a real shame, because the chefs are doing a great job, and the coffee is great - when you can get it. Sadly, am not the only local to have this experience...

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