Hi lovelies, I’m back again with another brunch recommendation. Although I am currently recovering from quite an extensive eye operation I’m thankful that I had the foresight to write up a few posts to keep you guys going while I am in recovery. (Obviously I’m going to pitch this as keeping you guys going rather than keeping myself going – I am absolutely DYING of boredom lol).
So today I’m going to tell you all about this amazing little spot that you might already know – Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park, Stratford. Living in the east end of London myself, I’m always on the lookout for new brunch spots close to home. When my friend Ahmad suggested this little place overlooking a pond in nearby Stratford, I jumped at the chance to try it out.
Being in the middle of my extended leave from work before my operation, I was glad for the chance to have brunch on a weekday morning when it wouldn’t be too busy. We arranged for noon on a Thursday.
To start with, Victoria Park is just lovely! I haven’t spent much time there but have done a couple of 5K runs around the park in the last few years. There were joggers, people with families, couples strolling – all just lovely really. And in the middle of it or was this little round building overlooking a pond.
By the time I got there Ahmad was already waiting – surprise, surprise (African time is real guys haha). Looking around the room I was pleased by the warm and cosy vibe of the wooden tables and counter that surrounded the round room. Most impressive were the large windows and skylight in the ceiling that made the room seem bright and much bigger than it actually was. Clearly here simplicity was key, and it suited it to a tee.
We both went up to the counter to order. Ahmad settled for the vegetarian breakfast (don’t bring that near me LOL) And I had the eggs Royale. We chose to eat breakfast inside as it was windy as hell on the outside and I wasn’t ready to lose my breakfast. Food arrived in no time alongside large cups of tea, and we wolfed our meals down as we caught up.
I have to say I’m deciding on a meal was pretty simple as their menu is not particularly expensive, but I was pretty satisfied with my breakfast and Ahmad with his.
Once we had finished, we moved outside to sit overlooking the water – it was so peaceful! I personally love being near the water so I couldn’t have been happier, although I was a bit worried I would drop my phone in haha.
All in all, it was a lovely little cafe. I would definitely recommend it for a quiet brunch on a Saturday morning, although I do get the impression it might get crazy busy as surely the residents must appreciate the gem they have in their midst.
My rating – 7/10
Hope you enjoyed this, let me know if you’ve tried this place and what you thought of it. What are some other brunch spots to try in London? Let me know in the comments below. My current favourite is still Christoper’s (check out my post about Brunch at Christopher’s)