YPlan is one of my favourite go-to sources for the best things to do in London, so when i saw i could get a three course brunch with unlimited alcohol (there were non alcoholic options available) for £35, i jumped at the chance.
Arriving for our 11am sitting about 15 minutes, we found the venue suspiciously quiet. In fact so quiet that we sat outside waiting for it to open. When it got to 11am our stomachs demanded we at least try the door, so we dutifully did and were rewarded by being seated at our table.
It was slightly intimidating being literally the only people in the restaurant, however the staff didn’t seem to let that bother them and remained fairly aloof and during some conversations quite curt in their interactions with us.
Saying that, after the first 15 minutes they warmed up a little and were more attentive when it came to refilling our drinks (a choice from bloody mary, prosecco, bellini, mimosa, red or white wine).
The sharing Tavern Platter looked as amazing in real life as the menu had led us to believe and included: Whitebait, prawns, crab ‘n’ waffle, prawn cocktail and squid (check instagram for evidence). There were only two things that let down what was otherwise a really impressive start to our brunch, the prawns that were rubbery due to overcooking and the fact that there were no accompanying sauces. These really did let the side down when it came to the squid and whitebait.
For the main dish, there was a really good range to choose from and being seafood themed it varied from the usual suspects, which made a nice change. The list included: the full monty (full english), eggs benedict/florentine/royale, soft shell crab burger, hanger steak and chips, moules frites, baby beetroot salad and surf and turf salad. I went for the soft shell crab burger (see instagram) and was not disappointed. It was possibly the best ‘burger’ i’ve ever had and the rustic style chips were equally good.
The final course was a sharing sundae with salted caramel, vanilla and chocolate ice cream. At first this seemed like a strange option, but considering the volume of food we’d already consumed, it made sense to keep dessert on the lighter side. When the sundae finally arrived, we were less than impressed, served in a large silver bowl, the ice cream barely covered the bottom of and with as much pizazz as a poodle in a torrential storm.
All in all, the food was good, but not good enough to overcome the disappointing levels of service.
Address: 7, Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS
Monday – Friday, 11am – 1am (food served 7am-10.30pm)
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm (food served 11am-5pm, brunch menu served 11am – 3pm)