REVIEW: The Book Club, Shoreditch
WHY GO? Famed for an impressive programme of music, yoga, film screenings, pub quizzes, craft workshops and club nights, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about The Book Club‘s hearty breakfast offering – but it’s more than worth a stop off.
WHERE? Two airy and spacious floors of a former Victorian warehouse on Leonard Street have been kitted out for daytime eating, drinking, thinking & meeting.
Expect the usual exposed brick walls and fairy lights, an air of low-key cool pervading the relaxed space. In-house exhibitions mean the decorations are always changing, but Mighty Boosh fans will love the current exhibition capturing Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt getting up to mischief on and off screen. On our visit the music was just right for a sleepy Saturday morning, a few energetic freelancers playing ping pong in the space next door as smoothie blenders whooshed and plates clattered.
WHAT SHALL I ORDER? Freshly ground Volcano coffee is a must, best with the homemade granola or pancakes.
BEST DISH: The signature dish of ham, egg and chips has yet to leave the menu since they opened in 2011, but in a fit of healthy living we opted for the delicious poached and scrambled eggs with tomato and smashed avocado on thick seeded bread (dripping with butter, we might add – no one’s that saintly).
HOW MUCH: A full English (eggs, house beans, roasted vine tomatoes, roasted portobello mushroom, sausage, thick cut bacon and toasted sourdough) will set you back £9, eggs benedict is £7.50 and for those with a sweet tooth, porridge or pancakes with caramel sauce, banana, fresh berries, blossom honey and berry compote is £6.