Brunch and bank holidays are a match made in heaven. What better time to enjoy the most laid-back dish on the menu than over a leisurely three-day weekend, with that ‘free’ holiday to do with as we wish (rather than crowd with all of those things we can’t reach in the week)? This exact thought came to my mind a few weeks ago. It had been a while since I last enjoyed brunch in a restaurant and I had a leisurely bank holiday in sight!
Granger & Co has been on my list as its brunch/breakfast menu offers a tasty variety of dishes which don’t rely too much on eggs. It’s owned by Bill Granger, a well-known Aussie chef, and you can see the influence of his background across the menu and decor.
The original Notting Hill branch doesn’t take reservations but I was more than happy to opt for the Clerkenwell branch to avoid brunch disappointment (is there anything worse at the weekend?). So on bank holiday Monday, with rumbling stomachs, James and I arrived for a brunch date.
We ordered drinks whilst we contemplated the options. Cappuccino for me of course.
I wouldn’t expect anything less than great in an Aussie restaurant so I’m glad to report it was a very good coffee. (They use Allpress here which is a fine choice.)
We made our menu choice (which wasn’t easy) and took in the clean modern interior.
Can you apply smart casual to a restaurant? It definitely looked smart in design but had the friendly service added a relaxed atmosphere. Bill’s aim is to offer sunny, easy-going restaurants where you can enjoy fresh food and I think he’s got it in one here.
After a short wait our dishes arrived. I deliberated a lot about my choice when ordering. My sweet tooth was longing for the infamous ricotta hotcakes but, with most non-egg brunch options often being pancakes or waffles, my taste buds were looking for something different. So I eventually settled for the sweetcorn fritters.
Crunchy fritters, perfect bacon (good size, a little crispy and minimal fat), spinach and a roasted tomato seasoned with paprika. Oh how I could eat this again right now.
James, celebrating having eggs as an option, went for the chilli fried egg and bacon brioche roll.
And demolished it easily.
We leisurely enjoyed the rest of our brunch. Of course I got a bit of food envy about the ricotta hot cakes as they came out and desperately wanted a brunch dessert (this should SO become a thing). I came close to grabbing something from here on the way out.
But resisted. I hear Bill is opening a new Granger & Co branch in Kings Cross very soon so I’ve got a good excuse to satisfy my sweet tooth some time soon! (Or attempt to make my own using this recipe).
With another bank holiday coming up (yey!), I highly recommend Granger & Co to meet your brunching needs. It filled up quickly and had a good mix of solo diners, families with small children, couples and friends, showing its widespread appeal.
Did you enjoy a bank holiday brunch this weekend? Do you have any recommendations for a non-egg brunch lover?