Brunch is definitely more of a feature in my life than breakfast, mainly due to the fact that breakfast happens way too early in the day TBH. Brunch takes place at a more LP friendly time and so is my preferred option but I’ll sometimes make an exception. One of these exceptions happened when one of my fave ex-work colleagues was about to go travelling for 2 months, and 4 of us met up super early (well, 7.30am) on a Friday morning to say good luck over breakfast.
We wanted to eat around Baker Street and it was really hard to find somewhere! Any suggestions for a pre 8am breakfast in that area, send them my way. Having initially looked at the Viennese restaurant Fischers, we eventually decided on The Ivy Cafe in Marylebone.
The Ivy Cafe Marylebone, 7.30am
The Ivy Collection has several neighbourhood cafes now, part of their network of restaurants across London and parts of the rest of the UK which stem from their flagship and much-loved venue on West Street. If you’re a Londoner, you’ve definitely heard of The Ivy and I was looking forward to checking out their cafe menu.
The restaurant is tucked away on Marylebone Lane and the breakfast menu is pretty extensive – ranging from pastries and toast, full cooked breakfasts, ‘light and healthy’ options and a selection of EIGHT different egg dishes (amazing). There’s definitely something for everyone, no matter what your breakfast preference is.
We started with coffees (two flat whites and an Americano) and a mixed berry smoothie – raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and banana. The service on the coffees was a tiny bit slow, but maybe I was just slightly desperate for it after a long week in the office.
Napkins keeping with the theme (and Flat White – necessary for a Friday morning)
Mixed Berry Smoothie
I was spoilt for choice on the eggs front, but finally decided on the Avocado and Spinach Benedict – two poached eggs on toasted muffins, with hollandaise sauce, avocado and baby spinach. Eggs Florentine with extra avo basically. One of the other girls went for this too and it was amazing. I love Eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royale A LOT (and I’m really not fussy which one) but one of my most regular issues with these dishes is that the muffins aren’t soft – these definitely were. I wondered if the avocado with hollandaise sauce might taste weird, but it didn’t at all and we loved it.
The other girls went for the regular Eggs Benedict with ham, and the Breakfast Pastries selection. The Eggs Benedict was lovely too, and the pastry selection was perfect for someone who wanted a lighter bite – four miniature pastries with jam, marmalade and butter.
Eggs Benedict, Avocado and Spinach Benedict
We booked a table in advance and at the time we visited the Cafe was fairly quiet, however breakfast is served until 11.30am and given the name and location it probably gets busier, so book to make sure you get a table quickly.
I loved the food and venue – and even more excitingly there is both a Weekend Brunch and an Afternoon Tea menu, so I’ll definitely be testing out these at an Ivy Cafe soon!
Perfect for: relaxed breakfast in classy surroundings, a really varied breakfast menu
Our gorgeous breakfast was at The Ivy Café, Marylebone, 96 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QA
Breakfast spread – perfect way to end the week!
Breakfast buddies selfie