5 Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
We can’t name all the states in America, we’re pretty shoddy on the geography round at the pub quiz and we have never successfully won a game of Monopoly.
What we do know is brunch. If restaurants are dishing up good brunch, we know about it. We’ve found the best places to brunch in London this weekend:
What: At The Montague you aren’t just getting an average brunch, but live music, a vibrant open-plan kitchen and stunning views over Portman Square. The Montagu offers an ideal place to spend a leisurely few hours filling your boots with all the brunch dishes.
Eat: Every Saturday, The Montague transports brunchers to the other side of the Atlantic with their New York Italian inspired brunch. Tuck into wide variety of savoury New York and Italian dishes including risotto, spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad, cured meats, cheese and if that’s not enough – gourmet pizzas. Desserts include tiramisu, a show stopping New York cheesecake and torta di cioccolata. Brunch also includes free-flowing white and red Italian wines, speciality Bloody Marys, American lagers, Bellini’s and soft drinks. Brunch win.
Where: 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH
What: The Botanist in Solane Square may be known for their fantastic tipples, but it’s the Broadgate Circle branch that gets our vote for brunch. The chaps at The Botanist do nothing by halves and their brunch menu is no exception. Our top tip: come hungry.
Eat: A wide variety of brunch dishes. We’re talking about a take on the classic Eggs Benny with soft-shell crab and jalapeño hollandaise, for a taste of Europe order the Wiener schnitzel, or keep it traditional with avocado and chilli on toast with smoked bacon. Burgers served with hand-cut chips and other favourites from the stove and grill are also available. Neck as many Bloody Marys and Mimosas as you can physically handle, because it’s unlimited!
Where: Unit 5 Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS
What: Bread Street Kitchen is a casual dining restaurant that knock together some cracking breakfast and brunch grub. Come here for a casual brunch with a low-key vibe and food to match.
Eat: Bread Street Kitchen have made sure they stick to what people love best – classic brunch dishes. Don’t fix what’s not broken, that’s what I say. Dig into omelettes, eggs Benedict, ham hock hash with a poached duck egg and buttermilk pancakes (light, fluffy circles of perfection). Trade your flat white for unlimited Bloody Marys and Prosecco. That’s Sunday Sorted.
Where: One New Change, 10 Bread St, London EC4M 9AJ
What: Shoreditch Grind know their coffee and their cappuccinos for that matter (they’re seriously good). Thanks to a recent refurbishment they’ve introduced a breakfast and brunch menu. This brunch isn’t bottomless, it’s isn’t boozy, but believe us – it’s good.
Eat: The menu includes smashed avocado with chilli on toast, crispy quinoa eggs, the raw breakfast salad – a heavenly combination of red cabbage, broccoli, avocado, chilli and a poached duck egg on sourdough. If you’re feeling hungry, the one-pan eggs come with beans and served with bacon or sausages or The Grind, a full english Grind style. If you need your sweet fix, order the banana bread with creme fraiche and honeycomb.
Where: 213 Old St, London EC1V 9NR
What: Dear residents of South East London, this one is dedicated to you guys. Chapters in Blackheath serve one mean brunch that will have your friends who ‘don’t travel south of the river’ topping up their oyster card immediately. Chapters is an all-day brasserie cooking up delicious food with smashing views over the heath.
Eat: Brunch here is a hearty affair. While you can still get your fix of eggs Benedict, you can also go for big main dishes. Think, pan fried Scottish salmon with harissa braised chickpeas and bok choi, braised ox cheek with celeriac puree, baby spinach and mash potato or go all out and order the fillet steak. Leave room for a dessert – baked vanilla cheesecake with granola and apple sorbet or the crowd pleasing sticky toffee pudding.
Where: 43-45 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village, London SE3 OTJ