Review: Brother Marcus, Balham

Out Of Office Magazine reviews Brother Marcus, a cool cafe bar in Balham offering up tasty brunches, small plates, coffees and cocktails 
In the south of metropolis London, we find quaint brunch, lunch and cocktail café Brother Marcus. Located in Balham it’s just a short walk from the station and easily identifiable with the chalkboard black exterior and white stamped name.

Upon entering you are immediately submerged into a rustic warehouse feel.  You may switch off at this moment as, like us, you may agree that this style is often overused at present in many coffee shops.  But, bear with me…

Unlike many chains, Brother Marcus has created an authentic rustic feel. Each piece of furniture appears to have been hand selected by the brothers to outfit their small enterprise and it’s not one bit pretentious.

Greeted by the smiling waitress we were shown to our table. To start, a soy latte and the highly recommended cappuccino. Proper Italian coffee served at a just hot enough temperature, so all notes of bitterness are avoided.

For the main courses we chose the Sister Special and a Marcus Breakfast. The former, a delightful combination of crispy bacon and perfectly poached eggs with spinach, watercress and avocado ‒ all served on a slice of toast. The latter, pork belly crispy and tender in all the right places with a small side of greens, served on a pitta.

After eating, we were relayed the story of how they started ‒ two brothers (aptly enough) came together to provide a space for the young and old to drink good coffee, eat tasty food and chat.  A quick tour of the place shows that they have plans with a good sized outdoor area as well.

What? A casual coffee shop selling great coffee and well crafted food in South London.

Why choose Brother Marcus? Perfect for a catch-up or low intensity meeting with a client or supplier, or for a small team meal. Keep an eye out for special events in their garden during the summer!

Cost: £

 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA


Review: Islington Town House, Angel


Out Of Office Magazine reviews The Islington Town House, a cosy pub built in the late 18th Century 

In Angel where Liverpool Road meets Chapel Market lies The Islington Town House, a self-proclaimed ‘after work de-stressing’ pub. 

The nooks and crannies of this place emphasise the age of the property and create a warm and intimate feel across three floors. 

It serves small plates and sharing dishes,  ranging from octopus carpaccio to pork chops and fries. Following a discussion with the highly knowledgeable server, a number of small dishes were brought out.  Their famous soufflé, raved about on Tripadvisor, is everything that its built up to be, with its perfectly cooked and the melt in the mouth texture it was the highlight of the meal.

Along with the soufflé, the baked camembert is another favourite on other review sites and again lives up to expectations. It’s provided with a selection of toasted ciabatta slices.

The steak tartare was also delicious, moist and went well with the crisp toast provide, while the octopus carpaccio was a fresh and zesty small side dish. 

What? A cosy pub in Angel offering up an extensive range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, as well as an interesting menu of small plates and sharing dishes.

Why choose The Islington Town House? If you’re looking for a pub for lunchtime or after work drinking and nibbling with charm and character, we’d certainly recommend giving it a try.

Cost: ££

The Islington Town House, 13 Liverpool Road, N1 0RW

0203 637 6424