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The Orchard has unveiled its secret plan for breakfast domination. The team says:
The Orchard is now open for breakfast 9.30-11.30 Tue-Sun. The full English is particularly good!
Yum! We just need it a bit later on the weekends please, us kids need our sleep ins ;-)
Very good news! Love this place.
Queue the comment about top chef and how much cheaper it is.
Top Chef is technically in Ladywell
More competition for breakfasts must be good news, and it'll keep the other outlets on their toes.Incidentally the Brockley Mess veggie breakfast isn't what it was, and now strangely includes a small pot of hummus alongside the single fried egg and single veggie sausage.
@Matt-Z OTOH the veggie bangers and mash at The Talbot are back to their is-this-really-veggie best.
Ben I'm yet to try that but it's on the list now. Cheers.
Can someone just autodelete the top chef troll remarks?
How much does the breakfast cost and what do get?
Kolp - Why don't you do us all a favour, and go and check it out, and report back to us.
The Brockley Mess is also, technically, in Ladywell
Yes but does it offer the same value as Central Cafe. Strangely ignored by the honest fare movement?
Well The Orchard already do brunch at the weekend from 11.30am, so I assume breakfast will just run into that. I see the Gantry are also going to open for breakfast.
That was always The Gantry's plan. Good to hear it's happening.
The Campaign for Honest Fare lost ties with Central Cafe after it decided it was part of the Coulgate St Unfare group.
By the way, has everyone seen that Babur has been named Best Indian in London by Zagat's 2013?
Best of luck to them.Brockley seems to go out en-mass on Saturday and Sunday mornings looking for breakfast.The kitchen will have to working full pelt if the garden is full.That, and all of the fusspots we have in the area with their bundles of joy expressing themselves all over the place.I do not envy any of the cafe staff in the area when dealing with this sort of thing.Best of luck to them.I look forward to the reviews.
Best Indian in London?I had no idea it was that good.This merits further investigation.
I've not been to all indians in London but doubt it's the best. it was rated the best by a particular guide. It is very good though especially at the price.
Very happy to hear this. Brockley Mess is nowhere near as good as it was, complacency has killed them!
Tosh! The food at the Mess is consistently good.The food dispersal antics of some of their younger patrons is another matter.
A perfect moment to listen for...
Anonymous 19 September 2012 23:42Sadly i disagree. Last Saturday I ordered outside of breakfasts, what a mistake. The £4.95 halloumi and falafel wrap I ended up with was half empty (almost flat)and was slumped on a plate like the limp pieces of lettuce next to it. Not great for a 'special'.
Agreed. Mess' standards have dropped
Less kids these days though which is lovely
It is not a good idea to judge a place by the mad rush that happens on a Saturday and Sunday morning.The kitchens in local cafes are small and are run at full capacity at that busy time, especially if they have a extra seating in a garden and it is a nice day.The Orchard does not have a garden, so it stands a chance of meeting the orders in good time.These businesses are exploring the limits of what they can do with the space they have available.It is very encouraging to see we have a bit of choice in the local area and these eateries feel confident about their business.
The Gantry now does a choice of English, French or Nordic breakfast, at the weekend.The Brockley weekend breakfast market is hotting up. Crying out for a review?
The breakfast at Top Chef is awaiting review so I think there's a backlog
Is that an item from the menu or an after effect?
@anon 10:04 cute@anon 08:31 Some reviews of Top Chef here. Feel free to add your own.
That's not a review and you know it.
I was going to check out Top Chef but as you keep banging on about it at every opportunity and annoying the shit out of me I've decided not to. Your 'marketing' is having the opposite effect - well done.
I've tried it. You know the generic greasy spoon breakfast? That. No worse for it but nowt special. I was hungover, it was open and had seats, that was its USP
And if you want a more detailed review you're quite at liberty to write one yourself.
Their sausage really is about the worst in the area though.
I liked the lincolnshires in top chef
Did you? The quitient of meal to MRM was to your taste was it? I bought some for a hungry working team of three. No one had more than a bite,I noticed. They said they were sour.Review ends.
They can't have been a very hard working team then. My labourers love a Top Chef sandwich before an honest days work.
Your use of the word 'honest' gives you away, oh 'honest fare' troll.And these guys were tradesmen and so had certain standards...
I heard that the sign is actually supposed to read 'Top Chef Required' but that the sign-writer was poisoned by a breakfast of sour tasting lincolnshire sausages....unfortunately I couldn't verify the story.As the only witness was also poisoned by bitter tasting bacon...
Tim - Why don't you do us all a favour, and go and check it out, and report back to us.
I have eaten at the Top Chef and it is pretty much a standard cafe. Cheap food, plastic seats, formica, tabloids, blokes in overalls.I am guessing that the resident troll spams this blog with references to it and cheap takeaways in the area because he thinks himself a champion of the mediocre. He is certainly that.Can we trade this troll in for another one that has more wit and intelligence?
And still no one has posted what the breakfast is like or consists of. This community, crowd sourcing lark is amazing!.Delete...delete...
I had every intention of going on Saturday but The Gantry is on the way for me and I realised I hadn't yet tried their breakfast (OK but pretty expensive for what it was.) Will certainly be trying The Orchard's soon.
Can't wait to try the Orchard's breakfast. Would be interesting to see whether you can get a good honest fry up.
I'd be more inclined to try The Orchard if they were not such bad neighbours. Since opening, they have filled the neighbouring mews (Harefield Mews) with increasing quantities of bins and rubbish (and done nothing in response to polite requests to move them away). What should be the bin store currently seems to be used as the prep kitchen....Like other neighbours, I won't be giving my custom to The Orchard until they start showing a little more respect for us.
Why does everything on this blog, and indeed in modern life, have to have a review? Do something spontaneous, take a risk, go on!! It's only some bacon and a sausage f.f.s!!
Interesting comment but rather petty and a bit angry. 5/10.
Well I hope the breakfasts are better than the evening meals, the standard of which has dropped recently along with the service. oh and lets not forget the blaring music which at times makes conversation almost impossible.
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