Social Pantry Café

Restaurants, Cafés Clapham Junction
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4 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)
Social Pantry Café

Tuck into a fresh, healthy and seasonal daily menu at this cute-as-a-button Lavender Hill café.

This cute, shabby-chic café on Lavender Hill has lots going for it, including a counter heaving with fresh salads, wax paper-wrapped sandwiches and squidgy cakes, and a light, bright feel. Not everything lives up to these positive first impressions – service can be slightly careless, and simple queries were met with blank looks – but the café is a popular option when so close to Clapham Junction.
Once you’ve picked your way around the laptop-hugging customers and found a space at one of the mismatched wooden tables, you might well have to hunt down the brunch menu and ask about the specials yourself. On our visit, these ranged from French toast with bacon to a vegetable-packed omelette. From the brunch offering, poached eggs with herb-spiked avocados on toast were nicely done; however, the accompanying roast tomatoes were mushy and under-seasoned. To drink, fruit and vegetable juices or thick smoothies are appealing, but pricey even by Lavender Hill standards. Social Pantry Café might be on the right track, but it's also as reliable as the rail network during weekend engineering works.

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Social Pantry Café says
Our range of fresh seasonal salads, homemade crusty sandwiches, ‘hit the spot’ brunches, homemade cakes and monthly supper clubs makes sure that we're a favourite daytime haunt amongst residents of south-west London.
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Venue name: Social Pantry Café
Address: 170a Lavender Hill
SW11 5TG
Opening hours: 7am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-4pm Sat-Sun.
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:1
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Sandwiched in an unassuming row of businesses in Lavender Hill, you could hop, skip & jump past Social Pantry if you weren't on the lookout...make sure you're on the lookout because this sweet little cafe is well worth seeking out.

Warm wooden floors & toffee penny coloured brick walls make a lovely backdrop for you to enjoy a lazy brunch, a working lunch or a late afternoon coffee break. Staff are friendly and very laid back, welcoming everyone from couples with dogs to singletons with laptops and service on a sunny weekday morning was relaxed.

The morning menu boasts brunch legends like avo toast as well as new kids on the block sweet potato & beetroot fritters, self-titled hangover curing bloody mary beans and the wickedly indulgent mascarpone mushrooms on brioche. In a sea of brunch options within the capital, it was nice to see somewhere brave enough to cater to but also look beyond the obvious. No-one rushes you to finish up & move out and there's an array of home-baked treats at the front should the thought of a bus ride home without any snacks be too much to contemplate. Maybe not the closest or easiest place to get to for an N1 dweller but worth the cross-town voyage.


Sneaky little spot close to my house I found this weekend, only had a flat white this time around but I was more than excited to find out they do brunch! I will be back soon.

The store is beautifully decorated, modern and small. If 10 people were in here at once it would probably be cramped. The barista was lovely and I really enjoyed the feel of the place. 

Delicious seasonal salads and sandwiches, first class coffee and a super brunch menu. Friendly and relaxed atmosphere too!

I had a lovely brunch here recently. The avocado and eggs were spot on and the coffee was great. A shout out to the friendly staff too - it always helps when they've got a smile on their face.

Literally go here daily for coffee, love the friendly staff and yummy baked goods. Our puppy can't go past without trying to drag us in for one of their doggy treats!

This is a brilliant little place, good cake & coffee, with a really relaxed comfortable vibe & it's kid friendly which is a bonus.