Restaurants that serve a great brunch

Sit back, loosen your belt and tuck into about the best thing our US cousins have ever given us.

It's not breakfast. It's not lunch. And it's definitely not very British. What comes between breakfast and lunch if you're from Blighty? Elevneses, obviously.

But, who are we to put up any kind of opposition to a darned good feast? We're talking bacon. We're talking pancakes. We're talking about a pint of maple syrup drenching just about everything on your plate.

Sit back, loosen your belt and tuck into about the best thing our US cousins have ever given us. (And that includes Van Halen.)

The Modern Pantry
47 - 48 St John's Square EC1V 4JJ
Region: Clerkenwell
Nearest Station: Farringdon (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Anna Hansen’s restaurant fuses Asian and European cuisines, something which is evidenced in dishes like sugar-cured prawn omelette with smoked chilli sambal. There are healthy porridges and yoghurts with oats, hearty fry-ups, and cocktails.

Cookbook Cafe
1 Hamilton Place W1J 7QY
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: At weekends the Cookbook Cafe offers a lavish, all-you-can-eat brunch that includes a cold buffet with sashimi, prawns with sweet chilli, duck salad, cured meats, cheeses, and a separate counter offering waffles and eggs cooked to order. If that was't enough, there is also a selection of hot plates to share, a mouthwatering array of desserts, and unlimited bellinis and/or sparkling wine.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
Les Deux Salons
40-42 William IV Street WC2N 4DD
Region: Charing Cross
Nearest Station: Charing Cross (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Brunch at this brasserie, from the same people as Arbutus, is a highly indulgent affair. The menu includes oysters, steak frites, roast beef and a delectable selection of desserts such as choux pastry with praline cream and meringue with custard.

Dean Street Townhouse
69 - 71 Dean Street W1D 3SE
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This stylish diner is owned by the Soho House Group, but it feels sleeker and cosier than its more exclusive relatives Shoreditch House and Soho House. The food is British and the bar opens early so you can enjoy a tipple or two with brunch.

  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
Rivington Shoreditch
28-30 Rivington Street EC2A 3DZ
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Old Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Rivington Grill Bar comes with great credentials; it’s owned by the same people as J. Sheekey, The Ivy and Le Caprice. Food is faithfully British, from drop scones with honey and sweet cure back bacon to buttered kippers.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 7/10
Foxcroft & Ginger
3 Berwick Street Soho W1F 0DR
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: At this artisan café bread and pizza dough are baked on the premises, the coffee is made with purified water and there’s an extensive selection of teas. So you can feel good about yourself even if you indulge with something like the pancakes with bacon, mascarpone, berry compote and maple syrup.

Dishoom Covent Garden
12 Upper St. Martin's Lane WC2H 9FB
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: London’s first Bombay Café serves bacon naan rolls, spicy omelettes and eggs baked on lentil mash, all guaranteed to fire up your tastebuds. There is no brunch menu as such, but the breakfast menu is available till 1pm at weekends.

  • 88/100
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 5/10
Joe Allen
13 Exeter Street WC2E 7DT
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: This basement venue opens all day long offering a mixture of American diner food and Mediterranean flavours. Their Sunday brunch menu has chicken wings with blue cheese dip and a pea, feta and cherry tomato frittata; washed the food down with a Bloody Mary or glass of Prosecco. Ideal for hangovers.

  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
The Delaunay
55 Aldwych WC2B 4BA
Region: Covent Garden
Nearest Station: Holborn (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The Delaunay (think The Wolseley Part II), with a weekend brunch menu of Northern and Central European dishes like borscht, beef stroganoff, and the same perfect eggs Benedict their older sibling boasts, is a serene choice for a civilised brunch stop-off.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 8/10
Ma' Plucker
75 Beak Street W1F 9SS
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This retro haunt’s pluckin’ good Birds & Bubbles brunch is top of the list of good-value options. Expect a whole rotisserie chipotle ‘rubbed and roasted’ chicken served with unlimited prosecco, accompanied by a choice of two bases (freshly plucked salad, house buns or maple waffles), and two sides (Ma’s slaw, seasonal greens or ‘crack and cheese’ – a delicious ball of fried mac n cheese, to name but a few).

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10

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