Five of the best… breakfasts in Croydon

By - Friday 25th March, 2016

This week, Bernadette Fallon goes in search of top places for the first meal of the day

coach house cafe coombe wood croydon

Photo author’s own.

Weekend: Coach House Café

Looking for a leisurely weekend breakfast with somewhere to go for a bit of a stroll afterwards? Head to the Coach House Café  for the full English, with Coombe Wood AND Lloyd Park on the doorstep for a walk when you’re done. Or if you’re not feeling energetic enough to tackle several acres, just stroll around the beautiful courtyard gardens outside the café and admire the ducks on the mini lake who have very cleverly decided to live here. The café is lively and fun, the staff are chatty and welcoming, it’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend. In fact, they’re open until 5:00pm every day, if you fancy a midweek breakfast (served all day Monday to Saturday and until midday on Sunday).

How much? Full English with bread and tea or coffee £6.50; vegetarian option £5.50; breakfast sandwiches from £3

Where: Coombe Wood, Conduit Lane, CR0 5RQ

International: Moliceiro Café

moliceiro cafe addiscombe croydon

Photo author’s own.

I declare an interest: this Portuguese café is one of my locals and situated at the end of my road, which is how I know they do a great fried breakfast for just £3.95. (They tell me the price will increase to £4.25 in the coming weeks but you know what? For the extra 30p, it’s still worth it). It’s a friendly neighbourhood spot with lots of regulars, and its Portuguese heritage means they serve excellent coffee (it comes with the breakfast, or tea if you prefer it) and tasty custard tarts. There’s Portuguese TV, Portuguese goodies to buy for home (pasta, tomato sauces, olives, biscuits) and photography on the walls, which is not Portuguese but supplied by John Reeves of the Click Clock café gallery in central Croydon.

The full English breakfast consists of bacon, sausage, beans, fried egg, tomato, mushrooms, toast and (pretty much a bucket of) tea or coffee. It’s great value in a nice setting – I sat in a window that was flooded with light and felt like a cat purring in the sun – tables outside and a friendly vibe. Worth a trip to Addiscombe for.

How much? Full English breakfast with tea or coffee and toast from £4.25

Where? Moliceiro Café, 43 Lower Addiscombe Road, CR0 6PQ

Traditional: Mayday Café

mayday cafe croydon breakfast

Photo author’s own.

Well, you gotta have a ‘caff’ on the list, but while this one has all the elements of the classic caff (menu written up on the wall, egg and chips, cup of tea for under a quid) the spoons are definitely not greasy. It’s had a recent ‘refresh’ (not a makeover, just a refresh) so the tables are still shiny-topped formica-esque but it’s all bright, clean and inviting. It’s on busy London Road, so very lively, not to mention convenient for West Croydon station and the tram, and the food is tasty, hot and served super fast. Try the double poached egg on toast, £2.50, or go DIY and make your own breakfast: the sausage, bacon and mushrooms combo was just £2.80.

How much? Prices kick off at a super purse-friendly £1.80 for bacon and egg

Where? Mayday Café, 355 London Road, CR0 3PB

Alternative: Buttercream Dreams at Project B

Buttercream Dreams cafe cakes

Photo by Buttercream Dreams, used with permission.

It’s vegan, but not as we know it… Got an impression of vegan food as limited? How does bacon, scrambled tofu and home-made beans strike you, washed down with a frothy cappuccino? Okay, so the ‘bacon’ is vegan and the cappuccino is made with your choice of soya, almond or coconut milk (which, in fact, makes it taste even better). The breakfast menu changes every day; the day I visited we had pancakes with chocolate sauce and fruit, and the cakes, should you fancy a cake for breakfast, are baked every morning and oozing with goodness. And no, I don’t mean tofu, they are simply glossy and gorgeous and everything a cake should be. The glossiness comes from using soya milk in the icing apparently, which gives it a lovely glazed finish.

How much? Full vegan breakfast £7.00.

Where? Buttercream Dreams at Project B, 3 Middle St, CR0 1RE

Business: Hilton London Croydon

Hilton breakfast room

Photo by Hilton Croydon London, used with permission.

Sometimes you just need ‘the works’ for breakfast and what better option than that groaning hotel buffet, staggering under the weight of hot plated fry-ups, eggs of every dimension, baskets of breads and pastries, fruit bowls, cereals, permanently simmering pots of coffee and ever-replenishing supplies of tea? It’s a great option for a business breakfast and the Hilton on Purley Way has the added attraction of plenty of parking. Schmooze over a delicately sautéed mushroom and close the deal over a double espresso. Or do some targeted business networking and turn up on Friday mornings from 7:00am for the weekly CRX (Croydon Referral Exchange).

How much? All-you-can-eat buffet breakfast with tea and coffee, £15.00.

Where? Hilton Hotel, Purley Way, CR9 4HH

Bernadette Fallon

Bernadette Fallon

Bernadette has been a journalist since the age of 7 when she devised, designed and launched ‘Fallon’s News’ – much to her family’s delight. Brought up in Ireland, she was born in Addiscombe where she now lives, though it took her several decades to find it again. She works as a journalist and broadcaster. Follow her at

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  • Ian Marvin

    I’ve not had breakfast at Moliceiro but will be inspired to do so soon . . . meanwhile I should point out that the regular price for the Hilton breakfast is £15, Croydon Referral Exchange attendees get a special deal.

    • Bernadette Fallon

      Cheers Ian – have changed it

  • Jonny Rose

    Well done, Bernadette – you may well have convinced me to hold my nose and try going vegan for one meal! :)

    • Bernadette Fallon

      Thanks Jonny. Is easy to be vegan when there’s ‘chocolate’ involved..

  • trypewriter

    I’ve tried the Mayday – it’s excellent!

  • PolarDog

    I must try the Moliceiro Café as it’s at the end of my road but I’ve only been once and then only for coffee.

  • PolarDog

    I’ve now tried the Moliceiro for breakfast – and yes, very good.