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 3 : Jackson and Rye

ifesWe had a day out in London so we had to try out a new spot for brunch and had been recommended to go to Jackson and Rye who serve brunch until 4.30 at weekends.

There are 6 Jackson and Rye’s and most of them are in London; Soho, City, Chiswick, Richmond, Kingston and then Guildford. We visited the one in Soho which was on Wardour Street, very close to China Town and an excellent location for all the London theatres.

According to their website their brunch is ‘legendary’ and to be fair we were really spoilt for choice and it took a long look at the menu to decide what to have. However true to form, we both went for the same thing AGAIN! This might start to become a problem, because then we don’t get to give you guys reviews of 2 dishes, however we can’t help that we have similar tastes buds and love pancakes!

Therefore we both went for the caramelised banana pancakes and were very intrigued by the maple cream. The pancakes arrived super super quick and looked very fluffy. We were given 3 pancakes each and half a caramelised banana and a pot of maple syrup creak, there was also extra syrup on the table.

The pancakes looked fluffy and tasted fluffy too and the banana complimented the pancakes perfectly as did the cream. We thoroughly enjoyed our pancakes however wish we had more banana, maybe a whole banana as it tasted so good!

The place was very dark and at first we didn’t like it but then it grew on us and we liked the dark atmosphere and the relaxing music. The menu was large with lots of choice and this place would cater for all needs.

We would definitely recommend this place at weekends for brunch and think it is great that you can enjoy brunch all the way until 4.30, who said you have to eat brunch at 11.30!!

Where shall we visit next? Please send us your recommendations!

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 Β£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!! Β 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?