One of my absolute favourite things to do in London on a weekend, is brunch. A controversial term depicted by many and raising the question, ‘Why bother adding an extra meal, surely breakfast or lunch is sufficient?’ I’m not here to convince you otherwise but brunch gives lazy, indecisive weekenders, (most likely topped with an insufferable hangover) not only the chance to experience both in one sitting, but at a later time in the day with plenty more to choose from.
Living in Clerkenwell, I have many brunch options available, all of which are pretty good (Modern Pantry and Caravan, just to name a few). Granger & Co opened in the latter part of 2014 after having a huge success with their Notting Hill branch; queuing is inevitable without a reservation. Luckily, tourists don’t venture around these parts and the area can be a ghost town on weekends. With no reservation, we popped-in to be greeted with plenty of availables seats.
Now technically speaking, Granger & Co doesn’t have a ‘brunch’ menu but separate breakfast and lunch menus. However, when the breakfast menu also has boozy alternatives and the menu contains plenty of savoury items that you would consider more lunch-y, it is definitely brunch.
The interior of the Clerkenwell branch is clean and fresh-looking with plenty of white furnishings and simple decor with a lot of room to breathe. You won’t find tables crammed tables together here, which can be a very unusual thing in London.
The stand out drink was the coffee frappé which is made with avocado for that creamy texture and although I can’t stand the taste of coffee, this was actually pretty good and I ended up having more than my fair share (whoops).
I’ve never tried labneh (a Middles Eastern cheese) before but imagine soft cheese that is much more fresh, creamy, rich but with a tangy taste; you will never go back to the British alternatives again. The mixture of sweet and tangy flavours with the addition of crunchy pistachios, was everything breakfast should be.
Another bread based dish but this time with toasted rye topped with fresh avocado, lime, coriander and a poached egg. For something a little lighter yet still packed full of flavour, this was a great option and easy to re-create at home.
Sunday’s should always be a day of indulgence and if you are feeling naughty, order the ricotta hotcakes. Soft, fluffy and with enough honeycomb butter to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth, this is the dish to try.
Granger & Co was everything I wanted it to be and more. There’s a reason why the Notting Hill branch is ever so popular and why a new restaurant is opening in King’s Cross; it’s good, so bloody good. Now I just need to convince my taste buds that I don’t need to visit every weekend but I may be fighting a losing battle…
– Granger & Co, Clerkenwell