Breakfast of Champignons

— 20 Dec 2017 by Hugh Thomas and Matt Carter

Breakfast A

‘Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,’ Lewis Carroll once said. Lewis, let me tell you ­– you’re not the only one. An effort involving a fry up of bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs, fried potatoes, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato and toast? Before work? An outrageous proposition! Mince pie mince-topped porridge? But who exhibits such unlikely innovation? Crepes with Keens cheddar and British ham ­– a wonderful harmony between Britain and France? Now, don’t be silly.

But here’s the thing, Lewis. These are the kinds of dishes The Breakfast Club, Oatopia, and Les Deux Amies are putting out, respectively, in Croydon on a daily basis. Even at 7am on the dot, should you like ­– early enough to dream up six more impossible things before your Tropical Truth Serum coffee and croissant, or croque madame d’Darblay.

In the age of the granola bar, as quick and thoughtless as it is, a decent morning meal often doesn’t earn even the most minor of considerations. We’re all going 110mph, and a delicious, wholesome breakfast isn’t going to stop us from getting to the office, or our place on the factory floor. Is it impossible to suggest the Proper Weekday Brekkie is an endangered species?

Really, in south London, that’s for me, you, and Croydon’s empty-bellied commuters to decide. Now where’s my spoon?