Brunch review: Bills

Bills is a well-known restaurant located around the UK,  in the last few years more and more Bills seem to be popping up which we absolutely love and it means wherever you visit you are usually close to one.  We love visiting Bills we have never been served a bad meal and the staff are always incredibly friendly.

We visit regularly for lunch and dinner but we had never been for brunch before, We are just as surprised as you are we are not sure how this has happened?

One of our friends recently invited us to her engagement brunch and her restaurant of choice was Bills which we were SO chuffed about. We did of course take a look at the menu beforehand (who doesn’t) and we already wanted to taste EVERYTHING on the menu. Why it is that brunch food is always SO good, it makes it so hard to choose what to have.

The breakfast/brunch menu includes; full English fry ups (meat and veggie of course), coconut porridge, bacon or sausage bap, a selection of buttermilk pancakes and lots of egg dishes.

Rach went for the buttermilk pancakes served with streaky bacon and maple syrup, they were SO delicious. The three pancakes were like a dream they were light and fluffy and cooked until golden brown they were incredibly filling and the portion size was perfect. The Bacon was extra crispy (our favourite) and the generous maple syrup completed the dish perfectly.

Annie opted for the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on wholemeal toast with which again was amazing. It would have been even better if they had served it with a wedge of lemon on the side, but saying that the waitress was more than happy to go and get some. The dish was filling and really delicious but then again you cannot really go wrong with this dish.

Other members of our party went for the full fry up and we have to say when it was served to them we did have a bit of food envy going on. It looked SO delicious and we especially noticed the quality of the sausages they looked so succulent YUM!

Bills is such good value for money the total of our brunch came to £12 each and that was for our food, drink and a tip on top! We couldn’t believe it we thought it was going to be a lot more than that so it was a pleasant surprise.

The atmosphere in Bills is one of the main reasons why we love it so much, it has chilled vibes and the staff are always really friendly.

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Brunch Review: Duck and Waffle Local

We have wanted to visit Duck and Waffle for a while but around Christmas time it was almost impossible to get a reservation at the original one in the Heron Tower, however Duck and Waffle have opened another one on Haymarket And its called Duck and Waffle Local. Okay there may not be those amazing views but we were able to enjoy the delicious food and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

As we were in Duck and WAFFLE we decided to share some WAFFLES. The famous Duck and Waffle dish seemed a little over priced to us and looked a bit small so we decided not to go for that but instead went for Vanilla Fudge Brownie, and The Full Elvis.

As Rach doesn’t like nuts we had the peanut brittle and peanut butter on the side so that Annie could still enjoy her favourite thing ever, peanut butter! Both waffles were super super sweet but equally very delicious and we were glad we shared them as it meant we didn’t have an overload of the same dish.

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In our honest opinion Duck and Waffle Local was a little cramped and the seating was very close together, this would not be the place for a romantic date – but it was fine for us!

We would recommend visiting Duck and Waffle Local if you fancy trying out the famous food, however we most probably would not return here and would rather visit the one in the Heron Tower to enjoy the breathtaking views of London.

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Brunch Review: Parc Franglaises

We were lucky enough to be invited to Parc Franglaises one Sunday lunchtime. We had never heard of it before but we love French food and fancied a trip out of the big city so immediately accepted the invitation.

We did of course check our the Parc Franglaises Instagram and instantly fell in love with  the food they were posting. As always we also checked out Trip Advisor which got us even more excited about trying their food as all the reviews were raving about the delicatessen.

We jumped on the train at Brixton and 15 minutes later we had arrived, it’s crazy how far you can get in such a short space of time. Parc Franglaises was a 15 minute walk from the station so not far at all.

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Parc Franglaises


When we arrived we were greated by the two owners who told us take a seat. The cafe was buzzing full of people and if we had arrived 10 minutes later we would have struggled to get a seat which is always a good sign.

The deli was incredibly charming and we could tell it was a place the locals loved to visit everyone seemed to know of each other. The decor was enchanting and warm which we loved and it is a place we could spend hours at working away.

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Parc Franglaises

 

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Parc Franglaises

The menu was amazing there was so much to choose from that we both struggled to decide what to order. One of the things we loved about the deli was the fact you could see all the sandwich fillers, cold meats, salads and cheeses in the counters they all looked so fresh and delicious that is made it even harder to make a decision.

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Parc Franglaises

 

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Parc Franglaises

Rach went for a sausage, bacon and cheese sourdough baugette a combination she had not tried before but absolutely loved. Rach also opted for a side of potato salad an absolute favourite of hers so that went down an absolute treat. Annie went for a classic tuna and sweetcorn melt on a sourdough baguette with a side of Greek salad which were both so tasty and flavoursome.

We both agreed that the deli were incredibly generous with their portion sizes. Sometimes you can order a baguette and after a couple of bites the filling has gone but that is not the case at Parc Franglasis.

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Parc Franglaises

For dessert (yes of course we managed to squeeze in dessert) we had a slice of gluten free lemon cake which was one of the best gluten free cakes we have ever tried infact if they hadn’t of said we wouldnt have even known it was gluten free. We enjoyed our slice of cake over a Mocha and Hot chocoalte.

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Parc Franglaises

If you ever fancy a trip out of London then you should definitely visit Parc Franglaises we have our fingers crossed that they open another store slightly more central so we can visit all the time!

Brunch Review: Quaglino’s

Quaglino’s is an iconic restaurant located on 16 Bury Street, just a 5 minute walk from Green Park Station. We recently visited qualigios one Saturday afternoon For a birthday celebration as as soon as we stepped foot in the location we fell in love. 
The decor charming, classy and incredbily lavish, one word we would use to descrie it would be ‘plush’. Its the sort of place you walk into and feel special and immedietly like to think can afford to live this life every single day (we wish).
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Our reservation was from 2oclock and we were allocated a two hour time slot for our table but after two hours we were not told to move. As we were in a large group we had the 3 course brunch menu  which cost £29 but smaller parties can opt for the 2 course brunch menu which is £25.
For groups larger than 13 you have to pay a £20 deposit per head which we paid a few weeks beforehand. We also decided to have the bottomless Prosecco which was an additional £20. The staff were very observant and constantly went round topping up our glasses, it’s safe to say none of us walked out sober!
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There were around five options on the menu for each of the courses so it’s likely you are going to find something you like on the menu. I have to say though not all of the courses are your ‘typical’ brunch courses which we kind of liked seeing as we were not seated until 2o’clock.
The quality of the food was impeccable, this so something that couldn’t be faulted. There were clear plates all round and no one complained about anything.
Rachel opted for the London smoked salmon, capers, horseradish, cream and Belinis to start and Annie had the Poached egg & Avocado.
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For main we both had the Fresh rigatoni with sauteed wild mushrooms and oh my gosh this was INCREDIBLE! We wanted to eat it all over again it was just so tasty and not too rich.
For dessert Annie went for the selection of cheeses which was delicious but was a mistake on my behalf because by the time I had made my way through the pasta all I wanted was something sweet. Rach opted for the Raspberry creme brulee which was utteraly divine.
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They had live music playing when we first arrived but this stopped at 3pm. If  we were to return which we definitely will be we would book a table slightly earlier so we could enjoy the music for a longer length of time. The music was incredible and they played such a vast variety of songs which was great.
Overall we would score this brunch a solid 10/10 although slightly pricier than your average weekend brunch and not somewhere I would go every weekend it really did tick all the boxes and would be the perfect place to go if you have an occasion to celebrate.

Brunch Review: Caravan

Caravan is situated just a short walk away from the station in the kings cross Partnership Development. We walked from Baker Street as it was only a 30 minute walk but had to walk through kings cross station to get to Caravan.

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We visited Caravan one Sunday on a beautiful sunny day, we arrived at 11AM and headed inside to ask for a table, we opted to sit outside because of the lovely weather and were told it was a 30 minute wait which was fine by us we were not in a rush anyway.

We headed to the bar to order a drink while we waited to be seated. We had only been waiting for 10 minutes when the waitress came over and told us our table was ready- amazing.

The bar area was pretty cool it wasn’t in the middle of the restaurant but it also wasn’t situated at the back so you could walk the entire way around the bar and order from both sides which was quite cool.

The toilets were communal at Caravan, there were separate cubicles for males and females but the rest was communal. We have started to see this more and more in London so maybe it will become the norm soon.

The inside is rather dining room like (this definitely isn’t a bad thing we love it), there are long communal tables which immediately reminded us of being back at school. The high ceilings and pipes that are on display gives Caravan an industrial look which gives it a slightly edgy vibe.

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The atmosphere inside was energetic and lively it looked like everyone was having the best time whilst potentially recovering from the night before with great food in a vibrant establishment. If we were not able to get a seat outside then we would have been more than happy to sit inside on the long communal tables.

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It was so lovely being able to sit outside in September (especially as it had been so cold the week before), but we soon noticed that it wasn’t so great for taking photos (dam shadows), we actually ended up putting our food on the floor in the shade to get a decent photo of our food oh the things we do for a good Instagram shot.

Annie ordered the Banana, Date, Tamarind, Cocoa Nib, Almond Milk smoothie it was very sweet and almost tasted quite artificial. Rach went for the Cucumber, Apple, Parsley, Spinach which was quite watery and sadly was no where near as good as her homemade green juices.

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If we are completely honest we didn’t love the juices we both didn’t enjoy them as much as we had hoped and didn’t end up finishing them either. They cost £4.50 so below average for a juice or smoothie in London but if we were to return to Caravan we would definitely opt for an iced coffee instead.

For food Annie ordered the Chapel and swan smoked salmon, soft scrambled egg on grain toast which was absolutely incredible. They were very generous with the portions and it kept me full for the rest of the day which is always a bonus. This dish cost £9 which is actually very good value for London considering it had smoked salmon on it.

Rach ordered the Avacado, Chilli, Lemon & olive oil on sourdough bread but she also added a side of bacon which was undeniably delicious and they were very generous and gave three thick slices of bacon. The dish cost £7 and the bacon was an additional £4 so again it was only £11.

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Over all we were really impressed with Caravan and we loved the relaxed and quirky vibes. We would definitely recommend a visit, there is so much more on the menu that we need to try so we are sure we will be back again soon.

Brunch Review Hally’s

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We were so excited to try out Hally’s as we had been following their Instagram for a while so when we got the opportunity to go we couldn’t turn it down.

We booked a table for midday on Saturday and arrived on a beautiful sunny day. There were people sat outside with a glass of Prosecco in hand enjoying the beautiful weather. We were taken to our table inside the decor was lovely, simple but stylish.

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We decided to go for the bottomless brunch which is available at weekends. It seemed like a great offer, you get a choice of pastry or cookie, any main dish, tea/coffee and bottomless Prosecco or mimosa.

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We enjoyed a chocolate croissant and an almond croissant and both opted for an iced coffee. The menu stated there was a supplement for iced drinks, however we were not actually charged the extra, which was a bonus!

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There was so much choice for the mains and it was really hard to decide, however in the end Rach opted for the Smashed avocado on sourdough toast with ricotta, feta, mint & lemon with a side of chilli jam which was very yummy, although did have a kick to it!

After spying what someone else had ordered Annie went for the Corn fritters with crispy bacon, avocado, poached egg & creme fraiche. They were incredibly generous with the crispy bacon and served the fritters with 2 poached eggs. Its safe to say Annie was definitely stuffed by the end of it.

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We also enjoyed bottomless glasses of Prosecco and mimosas. It was weird because you couldn’t mix and match, once you picked Prosecco you always had to have Prosecco. Therefore we decided to order one of each so we could mix and match. Sometimes you fancy a little orange with your Prosecco and sometimes you don’t so we were very happy – but did find this a teeny strange!

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The location of Hally’s is amazing, we had never been to Parson’s Green before and loved it. It was such a quaint little street on the edge of Chelsea with gorgeous looking buildings and shops. Opposite Hally’s is Little H which is the same chain but more of a takeaway with a couple of high stools to sit at.

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We had missed going for brunch in London and Hally’s was the perfect place to visit.

 

Barcelona Brunchin’

There seems to be a theme going on here, first we had Budapest Brunchin’ and now its off to Barcelona for a spot of brunch.

As with the visit to Budapest we found all our brunch places in Barcelona from Instagram. We used the hashtag #barcelonabrunch and #barcelonacoffee and our list of places to go just got longer and longer. Sadly we only managed to visited 3 places for Brunch (we were only there for 3 days!), however will also share the other places we wanted to visit, and you will have to let us know what you think/share photos to make us jealous!

1) Brunch and Cakethere are 4 Brunch and Cake’s in Barcelona (Brunch and Cake, Travel and Cake, Cup and Cake, Brunch and Cake by the Sea) but we decided to visit Brunch and Cake by the Sea as this was the closest one to our hotel, and it had outside seating too. The pictures on Instagram of this place looked amazing and we wanted to go there long before Zanna mentioned it on her vlog! However after she visited, we knew we had to as we knew it would be good! The food was so colourful and the menu was expansive and there was so much to choose from. However one issue we did have and we will be honest here is that you cannot make alterations to ANYTHING on the menu which we think was a little silly. Okay, we understand for the food as it does make life easier for the chefs, but for the drinks too….. really? All we wanted to do was have almond milk instead of coconut milk in a smoothie but no. Anyway rant over, at least if you are to visit you all now know that you cannot change any dishes or drinks and have to take them as they are. This means you may want to look at the menu in detail before going. On a positive note the food and drinks we enjoyed were delicious and most certainly an Instagramers dream. Definitely check this place out if you are off to Barcelona.

2) Mr Robinson – this place is tucked away and isn’t somewhere you would just stumble across. There is inside and outside seating and the decor is amazing and the staff are lovely. We loved our brunch here and again the menu was amazing with so much to choose from and dishes to suit all needs. We would 100% recommend the smoothie bowls if you go as they we DELICIOUS!

3) Alsur Cafeoh wow this cafe is so cute situated on a beautiful square with an amazing outside terrace. The food here is very unique and quirky we loved the waffle sandwich it was divine. Again so much food to choose from that you want to spend the whole day here eating and drinking.

4) Topico BCN – We didn’t have a chance to visit here, however their Instagram is so bright and colourful it looks amazing, everything seems to be served with flowers! If we had another day here we would certainly be taking a visit here.

5) Green and Berrythis place was a little too far away from our hotel to visit for brunch and we were also too far to have the food delivered by Deliveroo (trust us we did look into it as we wanted to sample the food so bad!). Described as a health food store the food and brunch in particular looks amazing from here, their Instagram account leaves us drooling!

6) Flax and Kale – we literally love their Instagram account and spied their healthy ice cream so we HAD to go! There is Flax and Kale and also Flax and Kale a porter (takeaway). We really really wish we had a chance to return here and sample their brunch as it looks amazing. The cafe is pretty big and there is outside seating too which is a bonus.

7) Cocuy Cafe – Another cafe that looks like Instagram heaven, here you can get brunch and also bagels and smoothies too. Just stalk their Instagram and it will make you instantly hungry!

8) El Flako (Cornflakes and co) – this is basically a cereal cafe and as we are both cereal lovers we wish we could’ve visited here too. Guess we will just had a to make a return visit to Barcelona. If you love cereal, then this is the perfect place to grab some breakfast/brunch

9) Milk – located in the gothic quarter is this quaint cafe that also serves brunch. We opted not to visit here as we wanted to brunch at places with outside seating. However their menu and food looked divine.

Brunch Review Red Roaster

Red Roaster is based in Brighton and we actually came across it after watching Zoella (well duh!). Zoe and Alfie regularly talk about the Red Roaster in their vlogs and we have also seen some photos feature one their Instagram and we can totally see why they rave about it so much!

A short walk from the station but very close to the seafront, you can eat inside or outside. There is seating our the front and in the small garden out the back too.
Lets start with the interior design, this place is incredible. The marble tables are a bloggers dream as they are so Instagramable, you can sit at tables or on high stalls over looking over the kitchen. There are lots of plants everywhere so it kinda feels like a greenhouse! There is also a cool slogan on the wall 🙂

Now lets talk about the toilets (sorry!), they are so pretty with white and black tiles covering the walls. We love to check out the toilets wherever we go as we really believe it says a lot about a cafe or restaurant. It’s safe to say these did not disappoint especially as they had Cowshed soap and hand cream on offer! When a place has nice toilet’s with long mirrors (perfect for a boomerang!) you know you will be making a return.

Anyway, now for the main event, we both ordered iced coffees to drink, opting for the iced coffee with maple syrup for Rachel and iced cinnamon latte for Annie.

For main, we of course went for the same thing as per usual. We chose waffles topped with semi-dried tomatoes, smoked salmon, calamari and cream cheese. We got three waffles each and it was incredible!

There were so many cool things on the menu to choose from and the menu was very alternative with unique twists on traditional brunch dishes. We would definitely return here on our bi-yearly trip to Brighton. It appears their menu is seasonal, so on our next trip there will be new different dishes to choose!

Brunch Review Grind

There are 9 Grinds in London and we stumbled across this small chain on Instagram.
Originally opened in Shoreditch in 2011 there are now plenty to choose from. There are 6 cafes/bars and 3 restaurants. Th restaurants all serve a weekend brunch menu
We decided to visit the one in Holborn after a session at Barry’s boot camp.

The brunch was simple and delicious and the portion sizes were very very generous.
Annie opted for the sourdough toast with smoked salmon and scrambled egg and Rachel went for sourdough toast with smashed avocado and smoked salmon. We were both pleasantly surprised with how much salmon we got. Quite often places are very stingy when it comes to smoked salmon but here they certainly weren’t!

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The atmosphere was nice with lovely music playing and we opted to sit in the corner on comfy seats.

We would defiantly recommend the simple brunch from Grind. As we weren’t thirsty we didn’t sample the coffee (yes shock there!) but we shall be returning for sure!

Locations:
Shoreditch
Soho
Holborn
London Bridge
Covent Garden
Royal Exchange
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Clerkenwell

Brunch Review Chiltern Firehouse

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We have wanted to visit here for a while, especially after stalking the hash tags on Instagram and seeing the most incredible pancakes and were very lucky to get a reservation here as apparently is very difficult to get a table. Our visit to Chiltern Firehouse did not disappoint and we were still dreaming and talking about the food days after!

A short walk from Baker Street on the beautiful Chiltern Street in an old fire-station is this hidden treasure of London. From the outside you wouldn’t know it was there really, apart from the porter out the front! You enter through the most amazing little gardens which have a huge fire. As it was May and kinda warm we were asked if we wanted a table outside. We declined as we thought it would be too cold, however in hindsight kind of wished we had sat outside because it was so pretty and there were heaters – guess we will have to visit again soon!

 

As we were a little early for our table we were asked to wait at the bar for our table. We were given a drinks menu which had most champagne on it – we strawberry and basil champagne sounded delicious!

We were shortly taken to our table and given menus to look at and asked if we wanted drinks. We both ordered iced coffees made with almond milk. The coffees arrived and boy were they strong, but amazing!

 

We ordered some starters/snacks to share and decided to go with the homemade sour dough and the bacon cornbread. The bacon cornbread came with the most amazing chipotle-maple butter and the sourdough came with butter. The bacon cornbread was warm and dipped in the chipotle-maple butter was a match made in heaven. We could’ve easily had one plate each rather than sharing! The butter was so good that we spread it on the sourdough bread too! Honestly, this butter was amazing and we want to return to have the starters all over again!

 

Now, for the main event….. of course we both ended up ordering the same! Its great that we like the same food and makes life easier but then it gives us less to write about in these posts as we both eat the same! However when there are pancakes on the menu you can guaranteed that we order them! Having said that our friend ordered the Eggs Florentine so we have a picture of those to share with you, and she said they were delicious!

 

These pancakes however were the fluffiest tastiest ever. We were given a stack of 3, topped with blueberries and creme fraiche and served with a jug of maple syrup. Our expectations for these pancakes were certainly met and they really did not disappoint. We also loved the fact that when the waitress came back she asked us if we wanted another jug of maple syrup, that’s never happened before at brunch!

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We don’t think we will ever stop raving about this place and we would love to return soon!