We’re guessing that you tend to spend New Year’s Day feeling sorry for yourself, regretting the final tequila shot and espresso Martini you didn’t need the night before, and most probably not venturing too far from your duvet (are you a bed or sofa snuggler?). But here’s a crazy thought – don’t! Head out and cure that headache with a hair-of-the-dog treatment over brunch, lunch or New Year’s Day dinner! Here’s our top five:
What: Corbin & King’s latest Grand Café
Why: Everything restaurateur’s Jeremy Corbin and Chris King touch turns to gold, and their latest installment in Islington is another winning dining room, this time inspired by the original Alsatian brasseries of Paris. Open for lunch and dinner on New Year’s Day, tuck into one of the heart-warming ‘Les Pots’ to recover – the Choucroute a l’Alsacienne with salted and smoked pork belly, ham hock, frankfurter, ham and garlic sausage, and Montbelier sausage can be ordered for one, two or four of your to share.
Where: 9 Islington Green, London, N1
Goodge Street (0.3 miles)
What: British brunch classics
Why: What better way to cure a hangover than a classic British brunch? Head chef Peter Weeden will be serving up some of the best produce you can find in dishes such as Eggs Royale with Smoked Var salmon, Smashed avocado on toast with spinach and homemade toasted sourdough or Crispy Tamworth bacon with laver and fried eggs on toast. And the restaurant freshly pressed healthy fruit and vegetable juices to flush out the toxins – get something with a hefty helping of ginger to cleanse. And because it’s still the holidays, ask for some Ayrshire cream fudge to take home as a treat for later!
Where: 48 Newman Street, London W1T 1QQ
South Place Hotel
Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
What: Hair of the Dog brunch
Why: This brunch us all about retoxing to nurse that achey head! Dine from 3 South Place’s a la carte or set-course brunch menu (£22.50 for two courses, £27.50 for three) and get a free Bloody Mary shot to ease the pain. A brilliant brunch of Brioche French toast with poached egg, sautéed wild mushrooms and a red wine sauce is a winner, while The Handbook still thinks that nothing beats a burger post-night out – the Longhorn rump with dry-cured bacon, aged cheddar cheese and chips will most definitely hit the spot!
Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF
What: Celebrity bruncheon
Why: Keep the midnight champagne flowing over a starry-style brunch at Chiltern Firehouse. Their champagne cocktails include Peach with apricot and Hibiscus with strawberry – the perfect fruity punch for brunch-time drinking. Go all out and indulge to make yourself feel better – the Black truffle scrambled eggs will cure any ailment (truffle – the stuff of dreams!) while the Buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, maple syrup and crème fraiche are a comforting classic. Serving from 12 noon til 3pm.
Where: One Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PA
St Martins Lane
Leicester Square (0.2 miles)
What: A New Year’s all-in-one
Why: The worst thing about the thought of going out on New Year’s Day is just that – going out. The effort of getting up, making yourself presentable and travelling somewhere with head ringing, body aching, stomache turning. Take up the St Martin’s Lane offer and party with them on New Year’s Eve before crashing in one of their luxurious bedrooms. Then simply freshen up in the morning and head downstairs to Asia de Cuba for a three course bottomless brunch. Yes, bottomless! Oh, and did we mention Mexican doughnuts? Now for the best part – crawl back upstairs and sleep for a couple more hours!
Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX