Thursday, 19 March 2015

Saturday brunch at Granger & Co.

Chilli fried egg & bacon brioche roll, spiced mango chutney & rocket at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London

Last weekend I waited in a line outside in the cold for an hour (IN OPEN TOE HEELS) for brunch. "Was it worth it?" I hear you say. Yes, it most certainly was.

You see I had heard from various corners of the internet that Granger & Co. was the place to eat brunch. Or perhaps be seen eating brunch…
Either way, Agata and I set off last Saturday morning for an adventure to Notting Hill, a part of London that I surprisingly hadn’t been to before.

I had read to “arrive early or queue around the block, your choice”, and we certainly didn’t arrive early (my bed wasn’t letting me go without a fight), so we did expect a bit of a wait for a table.
After queuing for around an hour, we jumped at the offer of seats at the bar because, to be quite honest, my poor little toes really needed some TLC in the warm embrace of the café.

The brunch menu at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London
Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London

The interior of the café is skilfully decorated.
Think panelled wooden ceilings, plenty of citrus tones and quirky ceramic pots that give the whole room a comfortable-yet-chic feeling.

Flowers on the bar at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London

I desperately wanted to try the Ricotta hotcakes as I’ve heard great things so Agata and I decided to each get our own breakfasts, with a delicious serving of hotcakes for the table (or bar, in this case).

After demolishing our first courses (Bill’s granola, dairy-free coconut yoghurt & fruit compote for me and a chilli fried egg & bacon brioche roll with mango chutney & rocket for Agata), we made a very difficult decision that we had no space at all left for our hotcakes and sadly had to cancel the order.
Sorry hotcakes, I’ll get to you next time – promise.

Breakfast at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London
Bill's Granola, dairy-free coconut yoghurt & fruit compote at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London
Latte at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London
Chilli fried egg & bacon brioche roll, spiced mango chutney & rocket at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London
Chilli fried egg & bacon brioche roll, spiced mango chutney & rocket at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London

The granola was ridiculously good – rich and nutty, paired perfectly with the tangy fruit compote and sweet, tropical coconut yoghurt. My mouth is watering even thinking about it!
Don’t be fooled though, the plate may look small but it was deceivingly filling.
Agata’s eyes-wide stares and agreeable “mmm” noises seemed to hint she was quite enjoying her meal too.
Two coffees down and a crash-course in Polish later, we left feeling warm and satisfied – especially walking past the now-even-bigger line snaking around the block outside.

Breakfast at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London
Learning Polish at Granger & Co., Notting Hill, London

We had planned to walk around Notting Hill and visit the Portobello Road Market, but the weather wasn’t fab (typical), so we took a quick stroll down some nice streets and hopped back onto the tube.

Daffodils outside a pub in Notting Hill, London
Strolling through Notting Hill, London
Strolling through Notting Hill, London
Strolling through Notting Hill, London
Notting Hill, London

This means that we have to go back to Notting Hill another weekend (what a shame), try the Ricotta hotcakes and explore the area. I’m posting it here so you can all hold me to that, it will happen!

White blossoms in Notting Hill, London

I’ve got an exciting weekend of solar eclipse-watching from the 36th floor restaurant in central London tomorrow and The Acoustic Folk Highway on Sunday, so you can expect a few good posts coming up!

Until then,

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