Forget breakfast at Tiffany’s, it’s all about brunch at South Place Hotel
Whether it is for a mid-morning business meeting, to refuel after a hectic shopping session, or simply to embrace a relaxing weekend morning with the papers, brunch is rapidly becoming the most crucial date in our schedules. With a combination of champagne, poached eggs, and salmon on the table, is there really anything better? We recently visited the South Place Hotel for a taste of their much-anticipated Bottomless Brunch. Would we rather have spent our Sunday sleeping in? We think not.
Located between Moorgate and Liverpool Street, South Place Hotel stems an artistic central theme, interwoven with continual allusions to its East End location. The contemporary décor derives from the quirkiness and cultural diversity that the East of London is renowned for, merged with interiors typical of a D&D establishment. The Bottomless Brunch is hosted within South Place Hotel’s downstairs restaurant – 3 South Place – which offers a relaxed vibe, immaculate service and an edgy atmosphere: the exposed kitchen overlooks the airy dining room from behind the well-stocked and glistening bar. A long concrete table runs through the restaurant centre, interspersed by dark green chairs, while wall-to-ceiling windows overlook the bustling street outside.
As is crucial with every morning engagement, the first port of call has to be coffee. While we enjoyed our very well-deserved cups of cappuccino, we examined the extensive brunch menu, featuring English Muffin, Wild Mushroom, Smoked Cobb Chicken, Marinated Cheltenham Beetroot, London Cure Smoked Salmon and more to tantalise our taste-buds (and that was just to start.) We ordered Wild Mushroom to share, and while I started with a classic brunch choice, English Muffin, my Editor Charlotte chose the London Cure Smoked Salmon. Both were incredible, although we completely underestimated quite how large they would be. As we sipped on our cocktails, the thought of another course seemed unthinkable. However, we embraced the bottomless cocktails and used the time to allow our ambitious starters to settle. As the brunch runs between 12-4pm every Sunday, you are in no rush to devour your dish, and can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and inventive décor at your own leisure. We felt under no pressure from the wonderful service staff to order quickly.
When we finally felt ready to take on the second course, the selection proved to be just as extensive. For the main course, you can choose from Kedgeree, Hot Salt Beef Sandwich, Day Boat Fish Pie, Basil Pesto Risotto among others. If, like us, you cannot quite cope with a hefty main, the Pumpkin Risotto was an excellent choice, with a light, airy taste, while in no way deprived of a lavishness of flavour.
Although tempted by the extravagant list of desserts, including Chocolate Fudge Cake, Treacle Tart and Baked Cheesecake, as well as a vast ice-cream selection, we decided to lay down our napkins in defeat. The Bottomless Brunch proves to be incredible value for money, with two generous courses of mouth-watering delicacies and unlimited cocktails – all for £30.
Forget Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it is all about Brunch at The South Place Hotel. For more information, visit their website: www.southplacehotel.com