2016 has been the year of brunches, so it was only fitting to celebrate the festive season with my best friends over a bottomless breakfast. After considering the multiple possibilities (mainly based on how long we’d get unlimited booze for) we chose Villandry St James’s.
Villandry St James’s is located in one of the grandest parts of London, between Buckingham Palace and Piccadilly – close enough to be in the thick of it, but detached enough to feel precious and private.
They offer a bottomless champagne brunch for £40. Prior to my visit, I’d only had a two course brunch (and was very pleased at that), but Villandry go one better. Their brunch is three courses. Three courses of breakfast heaven.
Pastries and champagne
To start, they bring baskets of pastries – a mix of classic, pain au chocolat and pain au raisin, along with tea and coffee, orange juice and, of course, champagne! And they do not neglect their top-up duties – my glass was never less than two-thirds full.
The Villandry Full English: scrambled eggs, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, bacon, sausage, spinach and sourdough toast
After you’ve dusted off the pastries, your main order arrives. Villandry St James’s menu offers all the classics: Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale, the Full English and (the millenial mainstay) poached egg avo toast. Bearing in mind the copious amounts of champagne, I went for the Full English (but swapped the beans for spinach… just so I had a little green on my plate). I don’t know what kind of sausage it was, but it was the best sausage I’ve ever had.
Poached eggs, spinach and avocado toast
Finally, just when you’re getting a bit tipsy and feeling a little full, the sweets arrive – all in miniature. There’s a macaron, a salted caramel brownie, pannacotta, a fruit tart, a meringue – all delectable.
My best brunch of the year? Quite possibly. Or it might just be the champagne talking…