Last Sunday I was lucky enough to have coordinated my visit to the Lido Cafe in Brockwell Park with one of the warmest days we are likely to experience in October. A table outside was greatly appreciated as the northern one and I basked in the glorious sun whilst having a leisurely brunch.
A ‘strongmans breakfast’ for him which was made up of quality ingredients including Gloucester old spot bacon and sausage along with Stornoway black pudding. I predictably went for the eggs benedict, which is my brunch staple. With running yolks and lashings of hollandaise this was a well executed version. Phew, there’s nothing worse than ordering poached egg and getting a hard yolk!
Tea, with real tea leaves, served in a cute mini pot and a cappuccino with great froth. For an injection of health we also tried the mango, apple and banana smoothie and a fresh orange juice.
The cafe is housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, which surrounds the central focus, the swimming pool itself. The cafe has been well designed with an outside patio area which looks out at the pool and surrounding building. If the weather permits sitting outside is a must (try to ask for this when you book). Sitting inside however is no bad thing. The walls have been adorned with fantastic pictures from local artist Peter Forsyth and there is generally a light and an airy feel to the whole place.
The Lido is perfect for brunch but they finish serving at half 12 to have a break before lunch service begins. If this sounds too early for you I spotted a sign for Prosecco Tuesdays, sounds like an excuse to return!