There’s no shortage of decent places for brunch in Shawlands and I am delighted tbh because I live closer to Shawlands than I did to basically anything in London but there’s definitely some shining stars amongst the wealth of options and Grain and Grind is one such star.
Space is a bit tight if you’re bringing a buggy plus there’s a few stairs but once you’re in and seated there’s a handful of ikea antilop high chairs available, exceptionally chill and friendly staff as well as coffee that they roast on site. I’m not actually a coffee drinker which is sacrilege as a parent and I’m sorry. I drink Diet Coke. From those who dine with me though who do drink coffee, the stuff at Grain and Grind is the best. All this before we even get to the food.
In comparison to some of its contemporaries like Gnom and Lagom, there’s an extra layer of stodgy comfort and a lot less micro herbs at Grain and Grind. Portions come often in slabs. Slabs of beautifully savoury potato hash, slabs of gooey biscoff cake. No delicate portions. Slabs. Glorious slabs. And big wodges of pork belly. Yum. My son, having lived in Scotland for a total of 6 weeks at this point is an instant convert to Grain and Grinds square sausage on a roll too.
What’s good? The pork belly and sriracha breakfast muffin. The corn fritters. The croque monsieur. The coffee. The cake. All the cakes especially.
Kid friendly? Yup but right for space.
✓baby change facilities
✓cool with breastfeeding
✓loads of other parents
✓space for buggies – in a pinch
x children’s menu