The word ‘brunch’ supposedly originated in Britain in the late 19th century as an alternative to the heavy Sunday lunch but all we really need to know is that in the past few years a renaissance has definitely occurred. What better opportunity for a debrief of the previous night than over plates of granola, waffles and eggs? The brunch trend shows no signs of slowing down so embrace the brand new wave of brunches and branch away from your usual haunt to try Southern fried chicken, bottomless espresso martinis, hotdogs and hiphop…
What: Three Courses, Live Music and Unlimited Pudding
Why: OxBo’s three-course unlimited buffet style brunch takes some beating in a sea of poached eggs and smashed avo. An interactive waffle, pancake and egg station kicks things off followed by sharing plates for the main course and, saving the best till last, the help-yourself dessert table, piled high with cakes, cookies, sweets and pastries. Prosecco flows throughout and a singer performs the perfect soundtrack; think Ronan Keating’s “When You Say Nothing At All” and Will Young’s “Leave Right Now”.
Where: Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, SE1 0UG
What: Rum Punch Brunch
Why: Spice up your Sunday with a Caribbean inspired brunch from Rudie’s. Bottomless drink comes in the form of rum punch (what did you expect) and is available to diners ordering at least 2 courses. The summer brunch launched on 16th July and runs until 25th September, with jerk chicken, shrimp salad and vegan-friendly Jamaican jerk veggie platter aplenty. Saturday and Sunday 12-3pm.
Where: 50 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XB
What: Bottomless Breakfast in a 24 Hour Cafe
Why: Polo Bar has been satisfying hungry Londoners 24 hours a day since 1953. If a full English at 4am isn’t quite your style, try out their new bottomless breakfast available on the weekend from 11am right through till 11pm. Choose anything from the breakfast menu (eggs, pancakes, bubble and squeak or a full English to name a few) and enjoy bottomless Bucks Fizz and Bloody Mary’s for £25.
Where: 176 Bishopsgate, City of London, EC2M 4NQ
What: Southern Fried Chicken and Unlimited Prosecco
Why: We’re no closer to deciding if the chicken came first or the egg but when it comes to brunch we start with the egg. Soho chicken joint Ma’Plucker are promising daytime debauchery with their new ‘Birds and Bubbles’ brunch menu; a whole chicken, two bases (maple waffles, house buns or salad), two sauces, fries and two sides (slaw, greens or mac and cheese) with two hours of unlimited Prosecco. If you have room for something sweet, try the miniature doughnuts, served with hot caramel sauce. Saturday 12-2pm and 2-4pm, Sunday 1-3pm and 3-5pm.
Where: 75 Beak Street, Soho, W1F 9SS
What: Bottomless Cocktails
Why: Cocktail bar Victory Mansion is giving Stoke Newington residents another reason to visit, with the launch of their new bottomless brunch. The creative menu includes beetroot smash on sourdough toast, spring onion and pumpkin fritters and home made sausage, Cheddar and chilli ketchup sandwiches with the option to go bottomless with your cocktails. As with the food, the drinks have a little twist too – think espresso martini’s with hazelnut and cherry and Bloody Mary’s with Guinness and Marmite. The price of bottomless cocktails? Just £15.
Where: 18 Stoke Newington High Street, Hackney, N16 7PL
What: Hot Dogs and Hip Hop
Why: Hot dog lovers Bubbledogs are set to launch their weekend brunch parties which will see them team up with The 86 Co. to serve up Bloody Marys, gourmet hotdogs and a soundtrack of old school hip hop. The Bloody Mary menu will rotate every two months and will use spirits from The 86 Co.’s collection of vodka, tequila and gin. First up will be Matt Whiley who has created the Peg & Patriot Mary using Tequila Cabeza, distilled oyster shells, spiced sherry vinegar and smoky Scotch. They’ll also be serving breakfast daiquiris and breakfast hot dogs alongside the full menu! Launches 30th July.
Where: 70 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4QG
What: All the Champagne
Why: Former Young National Chef of the Year, Ben Murphy, has just announced that his restaurant, The Woodford will be serving brunch on a Saturday and it features unlimited Champagne. Which sounds like heaven to us. Dishes include raspberry granola with almond, ricotta and mint; eggs with ham crème fraiche and chives and chicken with croutons, Parmesan and baby gem lettuce. Simple, refined and sure to be excellent.
Where: 159 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PA
What: Sake and Sharing
Why: Mayfair restaurant, Tokimeite have just launched their Sunday menu which is all about the Japanese robatayaki method of cooking – it’s similar to barbecuing, food is slow-grilled. Designed to share, dishes include Niku (meat), Yasai (vegetables), Kaisen (seafood) and Temaki (hand rolls). To drink will be sparkling sakes which you can order by the glass, carafe or as you’re most likely the bottle.
Where: 23 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2XS
What: BBQ and Roof Terraces
Why: Is a summer Sunday event a Sunday if it doesn’t have brunch, bbq and a rooftop? No it isn’t. Good thing then that the Courthouse Hotel has just launched their Sunday brunch which has all three. To eat, you’ll find spicy tiger prawns with coriander and chilli, hot dogs with sautéed onions and mustard and salads, to drink there’ll be Margherita Sours and Champagne Granites. Now that’s a proper Sunday.
Where: 19 - 21 Great Marlborough Street, Oxford Circus, W1F 7HL
Why: Cabana might be calling their new brunch basic, but it’s anything but, unless you count the fact that they have avo on toast and it’s bottomless… Otherwise prepare for dishes that go beyond your usual Eggs Benedict. We’re talking Brazilian French toast with condensed milk, cinnamon sugar and chocolate, sweet potato hash with poached eggs and crumbled feta, cheesy dough balls, spicy Malagueta chicken wings and the Picanha burger: Malagueta mayo, chimchurri, tomato, matchsticks and Rio beans. Wash it all back with tropical bellinis and Bloody Marias and a raise a glass to the weekend!
Where: Brixton and Islington Cabana
What: Unlimited Ribs and Prosecco
Why: Picture this: it’s Saturday, the sun is shining (much more of a possibility given the current temperatures) and you are sitting outside feasting on unlimited pork ribs, whiskey punch and prosecco to the soundtrack of DJs. The perfect Saturday. Where can you find such a thing? NolaRola in Vauxhall, that’s where. Bring your appetite and your eating pants because we’ve heard if you don’t finish your plate you’ll be sent to the stocks. Yes the old-fashioned, food thrown in your face stocks…
Where: The Yard, 4 Durham Street, Vauxhall,SE11 5JA