I was recently having a conversation with a few friends and it became apparent that there was a distinct divide between those of us that were in love with Brunch and those who thought the whole concept was completely bizarre.
I personally love it. Breakfast has the potential to be one of my favourite meals of the day, but often the best breakfasts are quite a lot bigger than what you would normally want first thing in the morning. Brunch becomes the perfect solution. One of my friends found the concept of merging two meals together very strange and said that she was never sure whether she was meant to eat before ‘Brunch’ or simply wait it out. Which side of the camp are you on?
I recently visited London with my Mum and over the time that we were there we visited a variety of different places in Covent Garden that provided some amazing Brunch options.
1. The Black Penny – 34 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5AA
We were very lucky to stumble across this absolute gem of a cafe. The Black Penny is extremely unobtrusive from the outside so could easily go unnoticed, but once you set foot inside you feel as though you have been transported to a cool New York hang out, complete with brick walls and the communal layout that the space inhabits.
The two of us were sat around one big dining table and I can imagine this would be a great place to come if you were ever on your own as you could just meet others around the table. You are provided with large jugs of different flavoured water and everything was just so photogenic. I felt as though I was in a Pinterest bubble!
I thought these post it notes were such a great alternative to a guest book, creating the cutest decor!
Along with a latte for me and a pot of tea for my mum, we decided to give one of their juices a go. This particular one contained orange, beetroot, ginger, lemon and cucumber and it was so delicious. The combination of the zing of the ginger, the tartness of lemon and the coolness of the cucumber worked so so well tied together with the general orange flavour.
I went for a bowl of granola, natural yoghurt and chia seeds. It was absolutely delicious, although a little on the big side!
My mum went for poached eggs on toast which looked incredible.
I fell in love with the whole atmosphere of The Black Penny and I would definitely visit again. I’d also love to go along for lunch as there was a good selection of bagels and cakes.
2. Peyton and Byrne – 44 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7BD
We had walked past Peyton and Byrne quite a few times as it is very centrally located in the Covent Garden area so this became the desired venue for day 2. From the outside it looks like a little bakery but once inside there is more seating than immediately meets the eye and there is quite a bit of space! It is lovely and light which provides a fresh and energising start to the day.
I got really excited when I discovered that you could create your own breakfast bowl. I was given a huge bowl of bircher museli, granola, fruit, nuts and honey. Oh my goodness was this delicious! I normally stick to walnuts but here they used pistachios which worked so well. Again, this was quite a big portion and a lot bigger than your usual breakfast. It was very filling so it worked well as brunch.
My mum went for toast and jam. Sometimes, nothing beats a simple plate of bread and butter! (Also, isn’t the mini milk bottle adorable?!)
Peyton and Byrne was a lovely place to start the day. It was nice to sit in such a bright place, with huge windows and open doors. This made it feel quite french, as though we were sitting in a little Parisian cafe watching people walking the streets around us.
I have seen a lot of great reviews of Bills, both as a place for breakfast and a place to eat dinner. We went along for brunch on our third morning in London and as soon as I saw the bacon and maple syrup pancakes on the menu, I had eyes for nothing else. My Mum and I both devoured this plate of goodness! This really was the definition of food porn if there ever was one. Ahh how I wish I could eat this every day…
The interior of Bills is really cool. It is has its own unique vibe that combines lots of colourful embellishments that decorate the walls with huge, hand-written black boards.
We left Bills full to the brim and extremely satisfied. In fact we didn’t need to eat again until the end of the day!
Have you ever been to these restaurants?
Are you a brunch kinda person?