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The Modern Pantry

Red wine for breakfast? Why not if it comes in Greek yoghurt accompanied by Manuka honey and a poached tamarillo in the middle. Its contemporary minimalistic decor the ideal background for Instagram addicts, the two story brick walled building in St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, consists of a Ground Floor cafe and First Floor restaurant. Modern is the word, even on the menu, noting the Globalized Indonesian/Malaysian touches of Sambal, a chilli mix, with prawn omelette and Rendang mince on toast, giving spicy twists to the usual brunch favourites. The raspberry and ricotta pancakes served with berry and liquorice compote, creme fraiche is sinfully delicious and the place provides a fantastic ambience for catch-up sessions. Brunch in white with a spoonful of ‘je ne sais quoi’.

£23 (2 people)

47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ

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Maison Bertaux

Almond croissants, sugar-glazed pretzels, fruit tarts, the choices go on. Maison Bertaux, London’s oldest French patisserie has been around since 1871. That’s 143 years! They were even behind the bespoke masterpiece that was Lily Allen’s wedding cake. Cakes, pastries and the rest are all baked above the shop and tearoom. Decorated with pink bunting, fairy lights, child-like scribbles on the mirrors and an assortment of things on the piano, it is a charming little oddity in the midst of rowdy Soho pubs. Things may get a little busy in the evenings but at half past 9am on a weekday, the quaint patisserie was endearingly quiet save for the barely audible discussion about Wimbledon between two elderly men.

£9 (2 persons)

28 Greek Street, London W1D 5DQ

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