Brunch Review 4: Chiltern Firehouse

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We have wanted to visit here for a while, especially after stalking the hash tags on Instagram and seeing the most incredible pancakes and were very lucky to get a reservation here as apparently is very difficult to get a table. Our visit to Chiltern Firehouse did not disappoint and we were still dreaming and talking about the food days after!

A short walk from Baker Street on the beautiful Chiltern Street in an old fire-station is this hidden treasure of London. From the outside you wouldn’t know it was there really, apart from the porter out the front! You enter through the most amazing little gardens which have a huge fire. As it was May and kinda warm we were asked if we wanted a table outside. We declined as we thought it would be too cold, however in hindsight kind of wished we had sat outside because it was so pretty and there were heaters – guess we will have to visit again soon!

 

As we were a little early for our table we were asked to wait at the bar for our table. We were given a drinks menu which had most champagne on it – we strawberry and basil champagne sounded delicious!

We were shortly taken to our table and given menus to look at and asked if we wanted drinks. We both ordered iced coffees made with almond milk. The coffees arrived and boy were they strong, but amazing!

 

We ordered some starters/snacks to share and decided to go with the homemade sour dough and the bacon cornbread. The bacon cornbread came with the most amazing chipotle-maple butter and the sourdough came with butter. The bacon cornbread was warm and dipped in the chipotle-maple butter was a match made in heaven. We could’ve easily had one plate each rather than sharing! The butter was so good that we spread it on the sourdough bread too! Honestly, this butter was amazing and we want to return to have the starters all over again!

 

Now, for the main event….. of course we both ended up ordering the same! Its great that we like the same food and makes life easier but then it gives us less to write about in these posts as we both eat the same! However when there are pancakes on the menu you can guaranteed that we order them! Having said that our friend ordered the Eggs Florentine so we have a picture of those to share with you, and she said they were delicious!

 

These pancakes however were the fluffiest tastiest ever. We were given a stack of 3, topped with blueberries and creme fraiche and served with a jug of maple syrup. Our expectations for these pancakes were certainly met and they really did not disappoint. We also loved the fact that when the waitress came back she asked us if we wanted another jug of maple syrup, that’s never happened before at brunch!

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We don’t think we will ever stop raving about this place and we would love to return soon!

Brunch Review 2: Sopwell House

Your country home from home- Sopwell House

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One Saturday we ventured out to the Hertfordshire countryside (which actually isn’t that far away from us) to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Sopwell House. Sopwell House is a luxury hotel that is set amongst 12 acres of countryside. They have over 100 rooms, two restaurants, bars and a health and wellbeing centre.

We were not able to book breakfast we were just told to turn up before ten o’clock as that is when it is their busiest time. We arrived a little before 9:30AM and were taken to the breakfast restaurant. We were able to pick the table of our choice and as soon as we were seated the impeccable table service began.

The service at Sopwell House was faultless. The waiters and waitresses were very efficient and incredibly polite they really did make our visit even more enjoyable. We were served tea and coffees and were told to help ourselves to the breakfast that was on display in front of us.

There was so much choice including; Yoghurt, berry compote, selection of cereals, dried fruit and seeds, assortment of pastries, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, full English breakfast, freshly baked bread to toast, jams and spreads and also an array of hams and cheeses.

As you can imagine we didn’t know where to start and we basically worked our way through the entire selection, we were one of the lasts ones in the restaurant when it reached 11oclock.

We thought the breakfast was charged fairly at £17.50 per person. The only thing we were slightly confused about was the fact you were allowed to dine in your robes but then again it is a spa hotel and they do want you to feel like you are home from home so we will let them off.

We would love to return to Sopwell House for a Spa weekend as we were blown away by the quality of the breakfast. we can only imagine how relaxed and refreshed we would feel after an entire weekend of pure relaxation.

Ladies who brunch in igloos

When we saw these igloos at Coppa Club advertised on Facebook we just had to go, and decided the best time to go would be brunch. You cannot beat a brunch on the weekend, and even better a boozy one! There are 4 Coppa Clubs in London, but the one at Tower Bridge has the igloos, and they are only around till February, so grab one quick!

If you want an igloo unfortunately you cannot book in advance now, so its first come first serve. We were told it would be an hour to an hour and a half wait. We waited in the bar with a hot chocolate and a tea, and then 40 minutes later were called to be seated – how ideal!

The igloos are so cool, some have one large table in them which sat sit around 8 people. Others have around 3 smaller tables in them with each table sitting 2-3 people. The igloos have ivy growing above them and also cute little fairy lights. They are also surpassingly warm, I guess as they are like little greenhouses so retain the heat. They also have a small heater in them and a speaker system. The igloos look over The Thames and you have perfect views of Tower Bridge and The Shard.

We decided to have the full english (the works skillet breakfast £9.45) accompanied with an elderflower & passionfruit spirtz. The breakfast was delicious with the highlight being the sausage! We couldn’t stop raving about it!!  The cocktail was also very tasty, but anything with elderflower and passionfruit is always a clear winner.

We then decided to be extra naughty and share the pancake stack, which was the best decision ever. The pancakes were super fluffy and served with maple syrup and bacon, the perfect end to the brunch. We even enjoyed another drink, perfect time for a mimosa.

We would throughly recommend Coppa Club for brunch, however the menu looks delicious and a couple in our igloo had the burgers which looked and smelt divine. We would love to return in the evening, when the igloos are all lit up, we can imagine it would all look pretty and also nice and romantic. Also we cannot mention the staff, and in particular our waitress – wish we had asked her name. She was so lovely and chatty and very attentive. It was also so relaxed and we never felt rushed to leave, we spend 3 hours in our little igloo!

Where would you suggest we go next for brunch?