After enduring both a pilates and a yoga class, we felt like we deserved some delicious brunch. We were in Notting Hill and naively thought we could find easily somewhere tasty to eat, but the usual spots had crazy queues (Granger, 202) so we ventured towards Golborne road to try Snaps and Rye, as I had ready good things about it and it has won No. 20 on Time Out’s list of London’s Top 100 Restaurants.
The place is small and adorable and the all-white décor makes it bright and happy for a sunny (albeit cold) London day.
The menu includes traditional brunch staples and also some Danish versions of British classics. Their coffee was delicious as well.
What we ate:
Stewart started with a Bloody Viking, their version of a Bloody Mary with dild snaps, tomato juice and spices.
House-Cured Salmon, scrambled eggs, homemade rye bread: absolutely creamy eggs, addictive and seedy rye (with thankfully not too many rye seeds) and perfectly smoked and thinly sliced salmon. A classic, but done very well.
Green side salad: this simple salad of mixed greens with pumpkin seeds, crumbs of tasted rye bread, fresh and ripe tomatoes and shredded greens was simple, fresh and delicious.
Rarebit: they have four variations of one of my favourite dishes and Stewart opted for the Full Danish. The rarebit was made with their rye bread topped with a mixture of malt beer, mustard, eggs, cream and scorched Gamle Ole Cheese. The full Danish meant it was served with bacon, liquorice Syrup (on the side thankfully), hog’s pudding (aka sausage), spinach, tomatoes and pickled mushroom, served with Bloody Viking Ketchup, which tasted home-made and had a great kick. The rarebit was melty, gooey and perfect. Stewart LOVED the sausage and the bacon was smokey and very good, I just wish it was a bigger slice so I could nab more bites of it.
Buttermilk oat porridge, berry compote, toasted hazelnuts, seeds: seems like this has won many awards and as an absolute porridge addict (I confess to having it as my dinner more than once a week) I wanted to try it. We were full at the end of brunch so we took it to go, but I had a bite before putting it away. I LOVED the berry compote but I do still prefer porridge made with bigger oat flakes. It was however full of nuts and very creamy and worked well with the berry concoction.
We also got a takeout cinnamon roll. They baked it fresh for us as they had run out, and it was worth the 20 minute wait. We also tried many bites before taking it home and it was flaky, rich and delicious. I prefer the ones from Fabrique as I found this one a bit too wet because of its glaze, but it was still excellent.
In sum: a lovely spot for a tasty brunch with a twist. I wouldn’t trek north for it, but perfect if you are in the hood. I still have a softer spot for our local Parsons Green brunch spots.
Snaps and Rye
93 Golborne Road London W10 5NL