REVIEW: B&H Buildings Bottomless Brunch, Clerkenwell
‘Bottomless brunch’: two words popping up more and more when we quiz friends on their weekend plans. Paying upwards of £8 a cocktail might’ve become the norm in the capital, but save for a hazy Thursday night when all concept of budgeting has been known to fly out the window after a few sherries, we’re watching the pennies for summer festival and holiday bookings.
We still want to have fun, mind. It’s no coincidence that deals have started springing up to reel in daytime punters come Saturday, enjoying the first of the spring sunshine. All-you-can-drink Bloody Marys and bright cocktails beckon yuppies and yummy mummies to get a bit tiddly with their Eggs Royale – and we were first in line to try the offering at B & H Buildings in Clerkenwell.
The concept of ‘getting your money’s worth’ in a city hell bent on making you bankrupt is too good to pass up. Add in a beautiful setting (white walls and plant fronds, tropical print sofas and dappled sunlight streaming through large windows) and down to earth staff and we’d say you’ve got the recipe for an idyllic brunch.
Now let’s talk cocktails. Available 10am ’til 4pm Saturday and Sunday, for £15 you can enjoy unlimited Bloody Marys, while bottomless Bellinis are £16. They’ll slide down super fast as chefs prepare a selection of adventurous small dishes – we opted for Huevos Benedictos (a little steep at £9) a handsome pile up of chorizo, avocado, béarnaise sauce and tomato salsa, and sinfully sweet French toast covered in middle back bacon and maple syrup (again, expensive at £7.50 but expertly done). We thought £3.50 was rather pricey for a sobering tea or coffee to finish up, but the sunny ambience and friendly service soon took the edge off.
Equal distance between Chancery Lane and Angel tube stations, it’s a lovely, leafy walk back to either – just long enough to get your head together (but a coffee stop doesn’t hurt).
Address: 42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R OHU