Hally’s (Parsons Green)

 

Recently my friend Ellie suggested we go to a Pilates class. I agreed to go along but wasn’t expecting much, the Pilates classes I’ve been to before have all been a bit rubbish, but I was in for a shock as this was incredibly difficult! Afterwards I could barely walk and had definitely worked up an appetite so we decided to head to Hally’s for some breakfast.

Parsons Green/Fulham is known for being yummy mummy central and Hally’s fits in perfectly to attract such a crowd. That’s by no means a bad thing though. With people becoming more and more health conscious, and healthiness being fashionable, they have hit the nail on the head. With plenty of healthy options but also the brunch ‘classics’ they will attract the yummy mummy’s with bugaboos in the week and then all the twenty something’s at the weekends. Surely enough, we fall into the “twenty something’s who want to try to be healthy (or at least pretend to be)”…

We started with mango juice and matcha almond milk latte (see – health consciously trendy!). They have a pretty great juice list and if you can’t find what you want then head over the road to Little H which is their sister juice bar. Any who, the mango juice was delicious and Ellie enjoyed her drink (I still have no idea what matcha is!)

 

After almost dying at Pilates (it really was so hard, they have these machines called reformers which look like a medieval torturing rack!) it was definitely time to eat our weight in food. 

Ellie went for the eggs florentine with a side of sausages. Sausages can be a hit and miss, but these were obviously good quality and very meaty.   

I chose eggs benedict with a side of avocado. It was possibly all my favourite things in one plate. Toast, with piles of smoked salmon, runny poached eggs, perfect hollandaise and ripe avocado. What more could you want? 

 

 

Just look at that yolk… #yolkporn! 

   

 

They have a great selection of home made cakes which looked so delicious so I thought it would be rude not to! For all you people out there who can’t/don’t eat gluten, they also do some gluten free cakes. 

Luckily I eat gluten so opted for a ginormous slice of carrot cake. If you’ve read this blog before then you’ll have realised I’m a huge sucker for carrot cake. Maybe it’s because it contains vegetables so I think it’s healthy…?! Who knows, but what I can tell you is that this was an excellent slice of carrot cake. And it had 3 layers of icing, AMAZING!  

I think Hally’s is great, really tasty food (and cakes), a varied menu with someone to appeal to everyone and friendly staff. As you can see, it’s not particularly big so I’d recommend getting there early to bag a table, especially if you want to sit outside as they have a couple of tables on the pavement. The decor is simple with homely touches (not how my home looks but more how a Fulham yummy mummy’s house would look) and creates a relaxed atmosphere. You can peruse their website here and look at the menus. They have also recently started opening in the evenings on Thursdays and Fridays so that could be worth investigating too. Prices are fairly standard of brunch places in London (but are very reasonable for the area) with mains from about £7-11. I’ll definitely be heading back there soon and I know this review reads like it would be more somewhere you’d go to with the girls, but if you take boys here they will love the full English, so as I said, there really is something for everyone! 

  

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The Table (Southwark)

 
Just a quick little post today of a new brunch spot which I discovered at the weekend, it’s a little gem! 

I can often be pretty rubbish when it comes to catching up with friends and I hadn’t seen my friend Jess for ages so was really looking forward to it. She lives East and I live South West so we decided to meet somewhere in between. I spend a lot of time in Central so we thought we’d go somewhere a bit different. Southwark seemed to work for both of us and knowing how keen I am on brunch, Jess said I could choose where we went. After a quick google I came across The Table. It had good reviews, the brunch menu looked good and it’s perfectly located between Waterloo and London Bridge so we decided to give it a try. 

It’s not very big, and there are long benches and a few other tables too. When we arrived it wasn’t too busy but as it got later it was packed to the rafters and you could hear everyone’s conversations, so if you go there bare this in mind! It has an open kitchen which I love as it means you can watch the chefs at work, but we both agreed that it would be quite stressful for them as they are constantly on show. As well as the open plan interior there is a courtyard at the back with some tables which would be amazing in summer! 

  

The menu for brunch is pretty good, it has all the classics that you’d expect – eggs in a hundred different forms, pancakes, waffles, full english etc. I know I always say how I’m tempted to go for one of the sweet options and then inevitably choose something savoury and this was no different! 

Jess went for the eggs benedict – poached eggs with bacon and hollandaise. She said they were good but were fairly standard of what you’d get in most places.   

I went for a bagel with poached eggs, chorizo and hollandaise. It was also meant to come with ham hock baked beans, but I have a phobia of baked beans so sadly had to ask for it without them.   

It was pretty tasty, runny eggs with spicy chorizo and hollandaise that wasn’t overly strong (sometimes I find that it has such a strong flavour that it’s all you can taste, but luckily not this time)! I think if you like beans then they’d be a great addition as it was slightly dry without them.   

After the eggs we thought maybe we’d share a pudding/sweet main course. We initially wanted the profiteroles but they’d sold out so we went for the pancake with yoghurt, seasonal berries and chocolate sauce. I am so glad they had sold out of profiteroles as this was something else! No-one around us had ordered pancakes so we weren’t sure what to expect, but we were in for a good surprise! 

  This is how I imagine a pancake was originally supposed to be, literally a cake cooked in a pan. It was so thick, but still fluffy on the inside. It’s hard to tell from the picture how big it was but the answer is huge! I’d say the size of a pizza…! It was so tasty and definitely filled us up. In future I would possibly share a savoury main and then share a pancake as that would have meant I didn’t have to waddle out afterwards!  

If you’re in the area then I would definitely recommended The Table, the food is really good, the staff are friendly and the queue was minimal (which is rare for breakfast in London)! Afterwards I walked past The Breakfast Club by London Bridge and whilst I do like The Breakfast Club I think that The Table is better and you don’t have to queue for hours. Also their pancakes are far superior! Mains are priced at £8-12 which is pretty good and they also have a load of fresh juices and smoothies from about £2.50 (or there are breakfast cocktails if you need something a bit stronger)! You can find more about them here, and it’s worth remembering that they have a lunch/supper menu which also looks pretty appetising, and on Thursdays they have live jazz nights. Pretty sure I’ll be back there soon to try it out so watch this space!