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Hattie Lloyd 10/01/24


Milk Balham | South London Brunch Café of Legend

Milk is good for you – by which we mean, this South London brunch spot will help you to hit your recommended weekly intake of caramel-topped buckwheat pancakes, sweetcorn fritter stacks and folded eggs (a cross between scrambled eggs, and an omelette).

Milk has been a Balham fixture since 2012 and a beacon calling diners from all corners of the city. Three years in they bought the shop next door, knocked through the walls and doubled their size; a move that did absolutely nothing to thin out the queues weaving through the door and along Hildreth Street market. They remain, unfortunately, a walk-in only restaurant, but even at weekends you’re unlikely to wait for longer than half an hour for a table.

milk interiors by duelle studio

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Outside, there’s a smattering of al fresco tables on the pedestrianised street which are frequently blessed with sunshine, while inside you’ll be met with elegant interiors from Duelle Studio, who have dressed the place with whitewashed brick walls and neat square tiling, retro formica-topped tables, and plenty of plants adorning the unusually-shaped space.

milk balham design by duelle studio

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The menu at Milk Balham is a combination of regular and guest cast members. Classics include the Young Betty, a souped up eggs royale made with dry cured and oak-smoked bacon from nearby Clapham butchers M. Moen; alongside baked eggs dotted with seasonal delights; Full English burgers packed with hash browns, eggs, and showered in soft curls of Lincolnshire Poacher cheese; and the Sweet Maria – a reclining stack of sweetcorn fritters, halloumi, avocado and kasundi (a Bengali spiced pickle)…

…but on any given weekend, you’ll also find a seasonally changing topping to their buckwheat pancakes. Previous riffs have included coco de nata, yuzu parfait, green tea and sesame praline; strawberries and wild meadowsweet; and blood orange, stem ginger posset and burnt marzipan. They’re also jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Milk Balham

Drinks and desserts are equally worthy of top billing – there is, of course, excellent coffee (including an exclusive roast with Brixton’s Assembly); health-giving smoothies; and iced coffees served in Milk-branded bottles.

It’s a big claim, but if anyone can bear the title of best brunch in South London… it’s Milk.


NOTE: Milk is open for brunch all day, every day, 8am-3.30pm (4pm Sat, 9am-4pm Sundays). There are no bookings; find out more HERE.

Milk Balham | 18-20 Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG

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18-20 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9RG

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