Monday, 31 January 2011

Brunswick House Cafe - a gem within a gem

Upon moving to Stockwell nearly two years ago, Mr. Sprinkle and I went wandering one day and discovered Brunswick House by Vauxhall.  At the time this old Georgian mansion was home to Lassco, a marvellous antique dealer selling everything from art deco furniture to 19th century maps to original Victorian mantelpieces. It still is, but the mansion has also become home to Brunswick House Cafe.  I usually find much truth in the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" but what a sensible addition to this gem! You can now marvel at the wonderful furniture and fixtures that fill the mansion from cellar to top floor and either begin or end your tour with a cup of gorgeous coffee, a cocktail or a meal.  Two words: perfect Sunday.  

I went twice this past weekend. On Friday I went to my friends' engagement party and on Sunday I went for brunch with Mr. Sprinkle.  Both times were delightful. The main room is decorated with an impressive assortment of furniture from different periods and lit by one chandelier bigger than the next.  T
hink Mad Men meets Downton Abbey. 

On Friday I must admit that I only hit up the bar - had a pretty tasty white wine.  I regret not trying the cocktails - the
menu offers a very respectable selection of classics.  It seems a perfect venue for enjoying a Manhattan.  

For brunch I had mushrooms on toast while Mr. Sprinkle went for the hamhock and bean on toast.  Simple and cooked to perfection. 

The main room

The cafe

Exploring the rest of the mansion

Located on 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London SW8 2LG, New Brunswick Cafe is a 2-minute walk form Vauxhall Tube Station. See opening hours here

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