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When In Farringdon (And Hungry), Ask For Janice

WHAT? Looking for a brunch spot a short amble from the Southbank, perfect for a lazy Saturday wander? Simply Ask For Janice.

WHERE? No, not the friendly lady in the flat on your floor, who keeps inviting you in for a Sunday roast now her kids have packed off for uni. Not that weird Beastie Boys track no one ever remembers. But a modern brunch spot up the road from Fabric.

WHY GO? Peddling small dishes designed to be shared (10.30am – 5pm), this is an all-day joint, perfect for people-watching at Smithfields market if you time it right.

You can choose 3x brunch dishes for £25. We pigged out on bavette steak with field mushroom, bone marrow and smoked tomato, a hash brown with slow-cooked chorizo and a silky baked egg with merguez sausage, roasted peppers and yoghurt.

Served up with punchy Coleman coffee, the portions aren’t too small and packed with flavour. We went on to order bubble and squeak (more carbs!) with black pudding, a soft boiled egg and HP hollandaise, plus hake with Norfolk yellow pea dahl and cucumber raita. We’ll be back to try their carrot hotcake, too.

Almost 50 varieties of local gin tempt you to fall off the wagon before you’ve even changed out of your gym gear, but with the right amount of will power, one can swerve the Silent Pools and Sacred Cardamoms for skinny capps and green juice.

ANYTHING ELSE? Yep, you can go bottomless (forget what we just said about will power). Keep your leggings on, but sup your way through as many Bloody Marys, Bucks Fizzes and Salty Dogs as humanly possible within their 1.5 hour time limit – for a princely £35.

INFO: 50-52 Long Lane, Farringdon, London, EC1A 9EJ / Askforjanice.co.uk/

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