B&H Review: Bottomless Brunch in the Country?Sunday, May 22, 2016
We see your old, abandoned country house; lush greenery has generously stretched itself over the walls. We see the fireplace - tired but charming. We see how natural light casts faint, intermittent glows across marble tables. We see the chairs and sofas in their mismatched glory, filling the house with character. We see all this and raise you the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, it has all these bucolic trappings but with the convenience of being located in London! This means it’s better, obviously - who cares about fresh, clean air and all of that other weird country stuff?! Scroll on already, let’s go!
B&H Buildings, 42 Northampton Rd, EC1R 0HU
Nearest Station: Angel OR Clerkenwell / Parking: Street Parking
Food: 3/5 Service: 3/5 Atmosphere: 3/5 Cost: ££ - Fairly priced
A preferred dining area within the house, ideal for slower and more talkative brunches where leaning into the low wooden trunk just feels more intimate. There are faster-paced standard tables at the other side of the brasserie and in the garden.
Fresh, fragrant rosemary and a cameo of peach bellinis. Note that the fruit used in the bellinis is seasonally changing, ask your waiter to find out what the house is serving during the week of your visit.
Bottomless Bellini £18
My main: smoked garlic, roasted tomato and herb tagliatelle. £9
To share: Drop scones with clotted cream, berries and honey. £7
Michelle’s main: Eggs Benedict – ham hock and béarnaise sauce on English muffin. £8.50
True to tradition, thick shavings of parmesan sit pretty on top of the tagliatelle.
The drop scones which we shared.
To find it, look out for the black building proudly boasting the house flag alongside the Great British one. You cannot miss it.
If approaching from the other side, the wheelbarrow garden will be a giveaway.
- Book your table for earlier in the day! 10-11:30am is less busy so the atmosphere will be more relaxed and service is sure to be at its most attentive.
- If you’re in a party of 2-3, ask to be sat in the garden or at the front of the house. With a larger party, ask to be sat at the dark tables in the middle room or any of the tables at the front of the house.
- Order more interesting dishes like the Huevos Benedictos, Lobster Royale, or Braised beef. Alternatively, build your own version of the Full English from the individually listed items on the breakfast menu.
- Rather than stick with the bottomless bellinis (wonderful as they are), try a cocktail too. That way you can play around with flavours that complement your meal and are more exciting.