Hattie Lloyd 10/03/19


Drinka pinta milka day. – 1961 advert

Eata brunchat Milka week. – Us

In our new, and entirely unelected, role as public health advisors, we’d like to begin by addressing your recommended weekly intake of caramel-topped buckwheat pancakes, sweetcorn fritter stacks and scrambled eggs with smoked caviar.

And so to Milk – a Balham fixture since 2012 and a beacon of brunch calling diners from all corners of London down south. Three years in, they bought the shop next door, knocked through the walls and doubled their size – a move that has done nothing to thin out the queues weaving through the door and along Hildreth Street market.

Outside, there’s a smattering of al fresco tables which are frequently blessed with sunshine, while inside you’ll be met with stripped back, crumbling whitewashed brick walls, pale wood furnishings, a salvaged 50s bathroom and plenty of plants adorning the unusually-shaped space.

Milk Balham

The menu 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 with feta and sage; Full English burgers packed with hash browns, eggs, and showered in soft curls of parmesan; and the Sweet Maria – a reclining stack of sweetcorn fritters, halloumi, avocado and chopped tomato…

…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 jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Milk Balham

Drinks and desserts are equally worthy of top billing – there is, of course, excellent coffee (both hot, from Swedish roasters Koppi, and iced, served in Milk-branded beer bottles); freshly pressed juices; and Milk’s famous soft-serve ice cream, in quirky flavours like kaffir lime leaf, roasted kinako (Japanese soy flour) and bee pollen with honeycomb.

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


NOTE: Milk is open for brunch all day, every day, 8am-5pm (9am Sundays). It’s also open for dinner Thurs-Sat, 6.30-11pm. They only take reservations in the evening – take a look on their website HERE.

Milk | 18-20 Bedford Hill, SW12 9RG

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