Clerkenwell and brunch go hand-in-hand together almost as perfectly as ketchup and chips. With a selection of great choices such as Caravan and Granger & Co there was another popular spot that I was keen to try;
Bourne & Hollingsworth.
With my sister flying over from Dublin, it made perfect sense to bite the bullet and reserve a table. I’ve never been so excited for brunch.
If you ever struggle to find something worth Instagram-ing, the interior of Bourne & Hollingsworth will surely change that. With such eclectic decor, it’s almost as if Instagram was born out of a conversation over brunch,
“This place is simply stunning.”
“Oh gosh, I know. Wouldn’t it be great if we could create a social photography app where we could share just how amazing this place is?”
“Oh and where you can add filters so you can make the place stand-out even more!”
Thus Instagram was born.*
*this information is most certainly incorrect.
Huevos Benedictos was the first item that stood out on the menu, as a more ‘brunch’ option. On a side note, don’t you just hate it when restaurants claim they serve brunch but only serve breakfast dishes?
The poached eggs were perfectly cooked, balanced perfectly atop of the smoky chorizo and the béarnaise sauce was wondeful.
I’m a huge fan of HP sauce and the twist of adding it to hollandaise was intriguing. Thankfully the addition of the tart brown sauce paid off, and it was one of my favourite brunch dishes to date.
The beef had a wonderfully smoky char whilst still being soft and tender, the poached eggs were silky and the hollandaise was enough to wonder why they don’t sell jars of the stuff. It was addictive, need I say more?
Never wanting to leave Bourne & Hollingsworth, we shared drop scones with berries and honey. Light, fluffy batter and with the addition of berries, at least we felt slightly healthier.
I must say the only downside we experienced was the espresso which had been over-brewed and we unfortuantly had to send it back. So perhaps stick to tea.
If you haven’t been to Bourne & Hollingsworth for brunch, then go. Actually don’t just go because you’ll trek all the way to Clerkenwell to find that you forgot to reserve a table and end up being disappointed. Make a reservation a few weeks in advance, yes it is that popular, and then enjoy one of the best places for brunch in Clerkenwell.
– Bourne & Hollingsworth, Clerkenwell