Top 5: Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
From a Sunday feasting spread to two new bottomless brunch menus – here’s 5 ways to eat brunch in London this weekend. Bring on the booze:
What: Need a new boozy brunch spot in east London? Martello Hall on Mare Street, Hackney has launched the city’s beloved weekend ritual: a bottomless brunch. The new brunch not only features endless mimosas, but there’s Italian inspired dishes to feed an army. Twice over.
Eat and Drink: Whether looking to cure last night’s hangover or celebrating the start of the weekend, Martello Hall’s £15 bottomless brunch offering helps you do just that. Brunchers can choose from the classic Mimosa with Italian Frizzante, peach liqueur and orange juice, the fresh Martello Rum Punch, a heady concussion of overproof and dark rums, cherry bitters, juice and fresh fruit, or the infamous Italian Frizzante. Dishes from their Brunch Italiana menu include the chef’s meatballs served with ‘nduja tomato sauce, parmesan and rocke pesto pizza bread and the toast topped with avocado, feta, chilli, roast tomatoes, lemon and nut dukkah compliment (and help soak up) the unlimited flow of bubbly.
Where: 137 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
What: Petit Pois Bistro is launching a monthly meat club, ‘We Meat on Sundays’. The first event will be on Sunday (2nd July) and will be in celebration of steak. Every two months the menu will change to reflect the best seasonal meats on offer, and also incredible sides that will help elevate this carnivorous feast. Leave your veggie pals at home for this one.
Eat and Drink: For Sunday’s event, Head Chef Chris Smith has created a menu that celebrates all things bovine. Enjoy four courses priced at £50 with dishes including Porthilly oyster with beef dripping panko, bone marrow, ox heart croquettes and beef short rib. The star of the show will be the cuts of steak that have been sourced from The Butchery SE23 which will be served with the guest’s choice of one sauce and one side. Cuts will include rump, bavette, flat iron, sirloin and ribeye with a selection of classic sauces and sides including béarnaise, blue mornayand frites, gratin dauphinoise and pomme anna.
Where: 9 Hoxton Square, Hackney, London N1 6NU
What: Brother Marcus is a south London brunch spot with serious pizzaz. There’s a big focus on seasonal, organic and the highest quality produce, with the team very passionate about every ingredient used, from the St Ives eggs to Cypriot halloumi. For the summer months, the gang have created new veggies dishes which are a taste sensation.
Eat and Drink: The Yummy Mummy has had a makeover and now includes spring green peas, beetroot hummus, black quinoa, cherry tomato salsa and goat’s curd on toast, and their well renowned Step Sister containing sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters, avocado and spinach, kale, turmeric yoghurt and poached egg. Whether you’re a fully fledged veggie or just want to try some plant powered grub, head to Brother Marcus and enjoy one of their healthy new dishes in their sun-drenched garden that has recently reopened for the warmer months.
What: Recently opened restaurant and bar, Florentine, is teaming up with Lambeth-based distillery Beefeater, the iconic London gin brand located minutes from the restaurant to deliver an all-time weekend favourite with a twist to keen brunchers.
Eat and Drink: Launching Saturday (1st July), Florentine’s all-new, Bottomless Summer Punch Brunch will be available every Saturday, from 11am until 5pm, offering an expertly-concocted gin punch creation to kick start your day – created exclusively for Florentine by Beefeater gin and the bar team. Start the weekend right and dive in to the à la carte menu with well-loved classics including: Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon; avocado, poached eggs on sourdough; eggs Florentine, Benedict or Royale, rich and tasty shakshouka or head for the king of breakfasts with the ostrich egg full English and all the trimmings. Go bottomless for only £15 extra per person and settle into free-flowing punch while you brunch.
Where: 6 Hercules Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7DU
Photo Credit: Paul Winch-Furness
What: Kicking off at 11:00am on Sunday (2nd July), D&D’s newest London restaurant, Aster, is teaming up with The Wellness Collective to bring a series of Wellness Brunches to Victoria. Available every Sunday until the end of July and priced at £36, guests will take part in a 45min full body workout session led by up to 2 elite personal trainers, followed by a 2 course Nordic brunch in the café at Aster.
Eat and Drink: The brunch menu offers savoury breakfast classics with Nordic-French touches such as hot smoked salmon rillettes with potato blinis and Eggs Victoria, which features seeded sourdough bread, topped with crab and truffle hollandaise. For dessert, enjoy the likes of almond cake Runeberg with poached rhubarb and coconut pannacotta with lingonberry aquavit compote, all washed down with an array of freshly pressed juices.
Where: 150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB