Another Brother

The A-board outside Another Brother in Wandsworth, proclaiming: "Coffee | Brunch | another brother"Another Brother is another chance discovery in Wandsworth, and, like Monday’s Coffee Spot, Lockdown Bakehouse, it opened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Located just across the busy Putney Bridge Road from Wandsworth Park, it’s occupied a sunny corner at the park’s western end since opening in June 2021. There’s a handful of tables outside, split evenly between the busy Putney Bridge Road and around the corner on the quieter Brandlehow Road. Alternatively, you can sit inside, where it’s bright and sunny, with a choice of window-bar, a couple of larger tables and several smaller ones.

Another Brother tags itself as coffee and brunch. It achieves the former with the Daily Blend from Caravan on espresso, backed up with a weekly single-origin guest espresso which is also available as a batch brew filter. The guest is sometimes from Caravan (as was the case during my visit) or from a guest roaster (this week, it’s a Peruvian coffee, Andres Vasquez Burga, from Modern Standard). Brunch is provided from the kitchen at the back, with a menu featuring classic dishes such as eggs on sourdough and avocado toast, along with pancakes and corn fritters, all backed up by a selection of cakes and pastries.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Another Brother, as seen from behind the railings of Wandsworth Park.
  • And here it is, on the corner of Putney Bridge Road and Brandlehow Road.
  • Another Brother goes back all the way to the end of the bench beyond the two tables.
  • There's also seating at the front, along Putney Bridge Road.
  • I like a simple A-board that gets straight to the point!
  • The door, seen here from the inside, is at 45° to both Putney Bridge & Brandlehow Roads.
  • Turning around, the counter is directly ahead of you along the left-hand wall.
  • It's set back a little from the front, leaving space for this window-bar.
  • The window-bar from the other direction, looking back towards the door.
  • Continuing on past the door, there's a six-person table immediately to the right...
  • ... followed by a row of four round, two-person tables which run to the back of the space.
  • The round tables in more detail.
  • Carrying on, there's a four-person table at the back...
  • ... with one final two-person table at the back along the left-hand wall...
  • ... just beyond the counter.
  • A view of the counter from the back of Another Brother...
  • ... and here's the view out of the window at the front, looking across to Wandsworth Park.
  • By the door is a stash of water bottles and glasses, which you can take to your table.
  • You order at the front corner of the counter...
  • ... where you'll find some soft drinks next to the card reader.
  • The brunch menu is also here, which you can take to your table if you need more time.
  • The cakes, meanwhile, are displayed at the front of the counter...
  • ... and next to that, between the counter and the window, is the drinks menu...
  • ... with retail bags of coffee on the shelves below.
  • The espresso part of the operation is at the end of the counter...
  • ... with details of the house espresso, guest espresso and decaf displayed by the grinders.
  • Note that by the time you read this, the guest espresso will have changed to this one.
  • All the shots are pulled on this shiny Faema E71E.
  • When you order, you are given a numbered bag of coffee to go on your table...
  • ... after which your coffee arrives. In my case, it's a cup of the batch brew filter...
  • ... although I'll leave you with my brunch, the rather wonderful veggie Big Breakfast.
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Another Brother is on the corner of Putney Bridge Road and Brandlehow Road, opposite the southwestern corner of Wandsworth Park. It was set up by two brothers, who also run Glasshouse Coffee, just across the river in Fulham’s Palace Gardener garden centre. I missed them on my visit, but was well looked after by Dot, who is the partner of one of the brothers. I’m also indebted to Izzy, fellow coffee blogger and barista, who brought Another Brother to my attention on social media.

Another Brother occupies a bright, north-facing spot which is around twice as deep as it is wide. The front, which faces the park, is almost all glass with two tall windows to the left of the door, which sits on the corner at 45°. There are two identical windows down the right-hand side along Brandlehow Road, with two smaller windows further back. The result is a very bright, open space, which, combined with the simple, white décor and high ceilings, feels a lot bigger than it is. The one downside is that it can get very noisy when it’s busy.

If you want to sit outside, there are two three-person tables in front of the windows on Putney Bridge Road, with a pair of two-person tables outside the tall windows on Brandlehow Road, plus a low bench underneath the second pair of windows. Inside, the layout is equally simple, with the seating arranged around the edges. The counter, meanwhile, is against the left-hand wall, set back slightly from the windows at the front, so that it’s directly opposite you as you enter.

Standing at the door, there’s a three-person window-bar to your left, stretching the full width across the front of Another Brother, looking out across Putney Bridge Road to the park. The windows to your right are occupied by a six-person table with benches, followed by four closely-spaced, two-person round tables which run along a padded bench, all the way to the back wall. There are two more tables, a four-person one in the middle of the back wall and one final two-person table, square this time, which is on the left by the counter, beyond which is an opening in the back, left-hand corner which leads to the kitchen. Note that the two larger tables are laptop-free zones.

You order at the front corner of the counter, with the Faema E71E espresso machine and its grinders to your right, while the drinks menu is on the wall to your left. There are printed copies of the brunch menu at the counter which you can take to your table if you need more time, coming back to order when you’re ready.

Having recently had a flat white at Lockdown Bakehouse and knowing (and liking) Caravan’s Daily Blend really well, I opted for something different, ordering a cup of the batch brew, made with a washed coffee from the Gataguam washing station in Kenya (also roasted by Caravan). This turned out to be a gentle, subtle coffee, which held its own as it cooled.

I paired this with a vegetarian version of the Big Breakfast. Although this is not technically on the menu, Dot was happy to switch out the sausage and bacon of the standard Big Breakfast for avocado and (my favourite) extra toast to go with two poached eggs (scrambled or fried also an option), mushroom, halloumi, tomato and sourdough toast. It was a brunch fit for a king.

Monday 07:30 – 16:00 Roaster Caravan + Guests (espresso + batch brew)
Tuesday 07:30 – 16:00 Seating Tables, Window Bar; Tables + Bench (outside)
Wednesday 07:30 – 16:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Cake
Thursday 07:30 – 16:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 07:30 – 16:00 Payment Cards + Cash
Saturday 08:00 – 16:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 08:00 – 16:00 Power No
Chain Local Visits 3rd October 2021

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