Top 5: Ways to Eat Brunch in London This WeekendBy Alicia Grimshaw
Is there anything better than an al fresco brunch at the weekend? No, no there isn’t. We don’t want to brag, but we’ve discovered 5 amazing places for brunch this weekend. Enjoy the rays and have a good’un, people:
What: The team behind Covent Garden’s legendary Joe Allen have opened Mustard for brunch, lunch and dinner following a successful soft opening in Brook Green. Drawing on their wealth of experience, founders Lawrence Hartley, Tim Healey and Head Chef Jason Wild have unveiled a relaxed, British style brasserie serving light and comforting dishes.
Eat: Brunch includes The Full Green Mustard with rainbow chard, poached eggs, tomato, woodland mushrooms and green herb oat pudding, smoked haddock, spinach, kale and potato omelette, and duck eggs on toast. There’s also Mustard’s speciality dishes such as treacle glazed bacon, Calder Valley nettles and oats, fried eggs on toasted wholemeal, Cumberland sausage, house baked beans, poached eggs, kale with toasted wholemeal, and grilled rainbow chard, Scottish smoked salmon, poached eggs on toasted wholemeal. If you like eggs, you’re in luck – dig into; Mustard Duck eggs, Calder Valley nettles and oats covered in lashings of sorrel hollandaise sauce, or order either poached, fried or scrambled free range eggs with smoked salmon and chives on wholemeal toast.
Where: 98 – 100 Shepherd’s Bush Road, Brook Green, London, W6 7PD
What: Every day is a treat this summer at 34 Mayfair. Throughout July and August, those who buy a glass of Bruno Paillard Champagne with their two course weekend brunch will be able to enjoy complimentary top-ups throughout the course of their meal. Game changer.
Eat: If you’re going for blow out brunch, try the buttermilk pancakes with cured bacon and maple syrup, or the banoffee waffles with cream. There’s plenty of savoury options including grilled corn bread with avocado salsa and poached egg, salt beef hash with a double fried egg and mustard sauce, and the baked egg shakshuka with feta and shrimp. There’s egg Benny for the traditionlists, as well as smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. For something a little more decadent order the lobster Thermidor omelette or the baked Cornish crab tart with shaved asparagus salad. And on Sundays they served their roast beef with Yorkshire puddings the size of your head.
Where: 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HD (entrance on South Audley Street). Please quote Champagne Lovers’ Lunch when making your reservation on 020 3350 3434.
Photo Credit: Paul Winch-Furness
What: Chucs Restaurant and Boutique, nestled in the heart of Notting Hill and inspired by the effortless elegance of the bygone era is all about the healthy brunch life. They’ve given classic brunch dishes a virtuous twist. If you love chia seeds, you’re in for a treat.
Eat: Feast on the Breakfast Bowl served with banana and granola, the Chai Seeds Glass filled with coconut, mango, banana, kiwis and almonds, and Cocoyog, coconut meat with banana, quinoa, honey and berries. Not forgetting their well-loved Mediterranean dish of rye toast with spicy avocado and smoked salmon. Wash it all down with their selection of fresh juices and smoothies including Kale Refresh, Supergreen, and Indulgence – with them sure to banish any hangover.
Where: 226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH
What: Yolk, the Duke of Wellington’s resident pop-up, is bringing all-day comfort food to Dalston. Serving up a deeply satisfying weekend brunch offering, Yolk will be running their residency at The Duke of Wellington until September. Miss it, miss out.
Eat: On the menu is a range of killer dishes. Choose from a range of tip top eats, including bacon sandwich with smoked whisky butter, poached Rancheros – smashed avocado and poached eggs served up on toasted sourdough and topped with tomato, chilli, coriander and lime, and buttermilk waffles with cinnamon and spices, served with maple mascarpone and a berry compote. Yolk are also offering an exclusive weekend bottomless brunch, where you can demolish a dish of your choice, with two hours of bottomless Prosecco or Mimosas to help start your weekend off with a bang.
Where: 119 Balls Pond Rd, London N1 4BL
What: Based in Westbourne Grove, Bodyism’s Café proves that healthy eating is delicious. The brunch menu has been carefully developed to serve locally sourced, healthy, abundant and seasonally-led food and drinks. The menu includes a range of treats that are suitable for the gluten and sugar-free hunnies.
Eat: Chow down on the acai bowl – acai base (acai puree, raspberries, banana, almond milk), granola, organic berries and almond butter, or the beautiful me bowl containing acai, granola, organic berries, almond butter and raw honey. There’s the option of building your own breakfast bowl – grab a bowl and pile it high with their homemade granola, along with as many superfoods as you can physically manage. For a sweet and savoury mash up, order the quinoa bircher muesli, a summery combination of quinoa, gluten-free oats, apple, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, almond milk, coconut yoghurt, coconut water, stewed apples, berries and almonds. There’s tons of smoothies, juices, healthy grub and coffee to try too.
Where: 222 – 224 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RH