Perched on the surprisingly pretty Granary Square, Caravan‘s warehouse space manages to strike that right balance between intimate and industrial. With cushioned booths, bar stools and an alfresco patio looking out onto the square’s dancing fountains – there are plenty of places to perch for any kind of company: from after-work drinks with colleagues to boozy brunches with your besties. Despite sharing a site with Central Saint Martins, the crowd here is a healthy mix of young professionals and families with merely a dose of artsy students.
The nibbles are sensational and this is by and far one of the best brunches in town (keep in mind, there’s a hearty wait for a table on weekends). I mean, how can you resist jalapeno corn bread topped with fried eggs or zesty baked eggs with a tomato pepper ragout? Plus there is now a Bloody Mary bar to boot. And for those wanting a caffeine kick, the in-house roastery delivers superbly rich and tasty coffee. Then the all-day menu does a strong show of small plates, with offerings like deep-fried duck egg atop baba ganoush, or daily specials like a Fino sherry-braised pork cheek.
While the focus here is on food, you’d be remiss not to try one of the bar’s specialities: booze on tap and house infusions. A glass of Negroni or prosecco can arrive in your hands near instantly, and there’s the original infusion of Saffron & Orange Bittersweet Spirit served on the rocks. For a sweeter variation on a rye cocktail classic, try the Salted Caramel Sazerac.
Best Bars tip: The terrace is nothing short of magical in the warmer months, so snag a seat and park up for the day – keep hunger at bay with sharing plates, make your way through the short cocktail menu and watch the sunset as the fountains start the light show.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips