Bourne & Hollingsworth
I’m always on the hunt for a good bottomless brunch, as we’re well aware. Clerkenwell and Farringdon is one of my favourite places in London at the weekend – it’s close to City and easy to access, and yet it’s quiet. But, more importantly, it’s full of exciting and interesting restaurants. Yes, you have to be ahead of the curve and make a reservation, but unfortunately that’s the way of the London dining scene these days, especially at peak times like weekend brunch. I much prefer that approach to the “no reservations” one anyway – it caters to my being ultra-organised (literally!).
Bourne & Hollingsworth originally began towards the end of the 19th century on Oxford Street as an upmarket department store known for it’s high quality wares. Nowadays, it’s a “creative lifestyle company”, and the B&H Buildings at Clerkenwell has a beautiful conservatory with gorgeous foliage draping the ceilings and walls, teamed with jungle-inspired upholstery, which all combined makes you feel like you’re in a super trendy greenhouse. It’s picturesque features and relaxed ambience has seen it on the front cover of every “Best Bottomless Brunch” article that’s hit London in the past few months.
B&H offer a bottomless brunch with bellini’s or Bloody Mary’s. I’m not a fan of tomato juice (I know it’s a fruit, but it just feels wrong…) so opted for the bellini’s. We were seated at a lovely table in the famous conservatory, but unfortunately that meant we were a bit of the way and we had to ask for our bottomless refills a couple of times. I was also slightly disappointed that I couldn’t have scrambled eggs with my build-your-own breakfast, and my toast wasn’t quite as toasty as I would like. But the bacon was good bacon – not the streaky fatty crispy stuff!
The service was excellent – they even let us hang around past our 2 hour slot and only asked us to pay up when they absolutely had to have the table back, which I particularly appreciated as it’s a pet peeve of mine when you’re rushed off a table or curtly told that you have a strict 2 hour time slot. It’s a bottomless brunch for goodness sake – it’s supposed to be leisurely! I think this is definitely a more summertime venue, but it is a really beautiful restaurant and I would definitely return.
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