When you go into a Caravan for brunch, it’s easy to get carried away.
…Especially if it’s an actual caravan, and somebody’s driving it.
Thankfully, however, the risk of doing this has now been considerably reduced, thanks to the long-awaited arrival of the third branch of all day eatery Caravan in Bankside.
Taking over an old metal box factory, the restaurant is peppered with original 19th century features and has a warm, industrial feel. And if you end up feeling like you could stay there all day, that’s no bad thing, because they’ll be offering breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, alongside their flavoursome coffee that’s brewed in-house and prepared with a custom-built espresso machine.
And so, the food. The breakfast and brunch menu ranges from small plates, like rosewater poached quince with sesame labneh, to more hefty offerings, like the slow-roast pork belly and kimchi pancakes. The all-day menu follows a similar structure, with small sharers including yuzu pickled mackerel, spiced cauliflower and harissa and jamon and smoked san simon croquettes. The larger dishes, meanwhile, include cod with truffled edamame-wasabi purée (that’s a big old flavour party right there) and duck confit, alongside the Bankside-exclusive pizzas. Another speciality they’ve introduced is a charcuterie and cheese-board, as if you needed any more choice.
They’ve also got craft beers and negronis on tap, sparkling cocktails, house-made tonics, shrubs, sodas and ferments – including home-made kombucha, a slightly fizzy sweetened tea which has some major hangover cure potential.
Which you’ll be needing if you started drinking with brunch …and are still there the next morning.
NOTE: Caravan Bankside is now open from 8am to 11pm weekdays, and from 10am on weekends. They accept walk-ins and reservations, which you can make by calling 0207 101 1190 or online HERE.
Caravan Bankside | The Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guildford Street, SE1 0HS
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