30 Jul Boyce Da Roca
One of the first of the new wave of independent coffee houses and cafes on Streatham High Road, Boyce Da Roca opened its doors a few years ago, at Leigham Hall Parade, minutes away from Streatham Hill station and on the 250, 109, 118, 60, 50, 133 and 159 bus routes.
Famed for its quality coffee, the family and pooch-friendly cafe offers an ever-changing menu, served up by owner Mark Boyce and his lively and friendly team.
Breakfasts include a classic full English with quality produce (around the £9-£10 mark), while sourdough is a firm favourite – try it topped with poached eggs, avocado and sweetcorn salsa, or toasted with maple syrup (around £2.75). For a lighter start to the day, grab a chia seed, fruit and nut breakfast pot, or a fresh-baked pastry (home-made cinnamon buns and apple strudels are hard to ignore).
A typical Boyce da Roca lunchtime special (usually costing between £8-£10) can range from a Chorizo sausage hash, served with poached eggs, lime zest hollandaise and baby spinach, to pan-fried cod with chargrilled pepper on crushed new potatoes, or jerk chicken served with caramelised plantain. Seasonal soups are usually on offer too, served with the aforementioned sourdough.
After undergoing a rather fabulous makeover in June 2018, the cafe has now almost doubled in size, and visitors can lounge on the banquettes among crazily printed cushions and listen to the laidback music.
The cafe has also just landed a licence to serve alcohol. Quench your thirst with a mimosa (£5.50) or kick start your day with a Bloody Mary (£6). If you need a non-alcoholic refresh, Boyce da Roca has signed up to the refill campaign, so you can top up your water bottle free of charge before you head on your way.
ADDRESS AND MAP
Leigham Hall Parade, Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1DR