The ultimate guide to the best brunches in London

The ultimate guide to the best brunches in London


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We’re always on the lookout for the best brunches London has to offer. It seems like a new hotspot pops up every other weekend, and there aren’t enough Saturdays in the year to try them all out to find your favourites.

Where do you even start? Bottomless and boozy or virgin and super healthy? Do you go east or is west really best? Classic avo on toast or a something with twist?

Whether you need a hangover hideaway or somewhere to impress, we’ve rounded up all the best brunches London can provide – all you need to do is pick one.

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Best Brunch East London

Carte Blanche, Hackney

Located a stone’s throw away from London Fields in the heart of Hackney, Carte Blanche is officially the brunch spot to hit if you feel like you’re weekend is lacking that certain bit of decadence. The brainchild of Andy Taylor, co-founder of French-American burger bar Le Bun, Carte Blanche has seamlessly blended those two same cuisines to create the ultimate weekend brunch, designed with last night’s partiers in mind. Starters are meant for sharing, and with truffle mac’n’cheese (£4.50), fish tacos (£8), cauliflower buffalo wings (£5) on the menu, there is something for everyone. Big shout-out to the Nashville Fried Oyster (£4): trust us, you won’t even want to think about eating a raw one after this.

The (delicious) main dishes are inspired by American diner classics, but on top of this, Carte Blanche has created a future legend: behold, the fried chicken & caviar benedict (£12), Andy’s signature fried chicken, served on a buttery English muffin, topped with a caviar hollandaise. With the option of a bottomless Bloody Mary, French Spritz, Fizz or Mimosa for just £20, we couldn’t think of a better way to totally indulge this weekend.

Berber&Q, Haggerston

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Berber&Q

With a permanent queue snaking outside of its door, Berber&Q has become the hot brunch spot in town. A newly launched menu will further cement its reputation for being one of the best places to start the day. We suggest getting there early.

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Devonshire Club, City of London

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Devonshire Club

Hidden in a peaceful corner of Devonshire Square, just a two-minute walk from Liverpool Street, you’ll find Devonshire Club, a five star boutique hotel and private members club with an amazing new weekend brunch menu. Serving eggs in every way imaginable – the baked eggs with chorizo and ricotta are a must if you want to change up your usual Eggs Benedict order – as well as several American classics such as smoked salmon bagels and bacon and maple syrup pancakes – another indulgent dish – and even a full English breakfast.

For those who can’t decide, Devonshire Club offers its weekend brunch as a two-course (£25) and three-course (£30) menu. You can also add free-flowing Prosecco, Bellini, Bloody Mary or G&T for an extra charge. If you want to skip the alcohol, we’d suggest opting for one of their antioxidant juices – the matcha green tea, avocado and pineapple smoothie is simply delicious and the orange and carrot juice with turmeric and mint is packed with vitamin C. What better way to start the day?

Ask for Janice, Farringdon

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Ask For Janice

Take an early morning stroll (or jog, dare we suggest?!) around the Barbican before heading to the quirky Ask for Janice for brunch, where you can order a breakfast burger in between taking pictures of the kooky but cool interiors.

Kaia, Bank

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Kaia

All-you-can eat offerings are sometimes a disappointment. Food quality can suffer at the hands of quantity, and there’s often a limit to what you’re actually allowed to eat (we all remember that Simpsons episode). However, the pan-Asian Sunday brunch on offer at Kaia at The Ned (£45 per person, including a welcome drink) ticks every box that such a feast is meant to offer.

Greeted with a welcome drink – we chose the delicious Grey Goose umami Bloody Mary – we spent the next two hours exploring the huge array of foods on offer at Kaia. From freshly prepared sushi to perfectly cooked and seasoned tangy lamb chops, there was something here for everyone. Big shout out to the crispy Japanese-style fried chicken, which we paired with the freshly-made matcha waffles and maple syrup for a wonderful meeting of sweet and savoury.

Desserts were equally as wide-ranging, but we especially loved the coconut and mango squares, with some fresh pineapple on the side for an added tropical taste. A couple of lipsmackingly strong black Americanos later, we left Kaia very full, and very happy.

M Restaurant, Bank

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Want to go out for brunch but love your dog too much to leave him / her at home? M Restaurants has launched a weekend ‘Dine With Your Dog’ brunch menu at their branch in Victoria, where you and your furry pal can kick off the day together with a two-course brunch and some bottomless bellinis (for you). If you want total immersion in the dog-dining experience you can even partake in the ‘six legs brunch’ menu, which features a specially tailored menu of two courses each – two for you, two for your dog (no Pedigree Chum, we promise), but if that sounds a little close to the bone (sorry) you can leave your dog to the four legs menu and tuck into some quinoa porridge, followed by waffles with maple butter. We took Piper (below) to try it out and she licked the bowl so much she pushed it across the room with her nose. The dog equivalent of a five-star review.

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

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Another name on the tip of every foodie Londoner’s tongue, The Modern Pantry is a place for those who like their breakfast healthy. We’d go for the Honey roast oats, seeds and nuts with grated apple, pomegranate and greek yoghurt if we were that way inclined… you know, you could just eat their less healthy sugar-cured omelette.

Best Brunch North London

Plaquemine Lock, Angel

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Plaquemine Lock

When you ask your server for their recommendations, and their answer is that ‘you come back, so you can try it all’, that’s a lot for your meal to live up to. Fortunately, Plaquemine-Lock, the brainchild of Bocca di Lupo chef patron Jacob Kenedy, more than lives up to that hype.

Bringing you the very best of Cajun and Creole cuisine in the heart of North London, you can expect everything from fried chicken and cornbread french toast (served with pineapple and maple syrup) and cherry-pecan brownie, to deliciously dangerous cocktails (we can particularly recommend the ‘Hurricane’ (£10) with its tropical fruitiness followed by a hearty kick of rum).

For main courses, we opted for the asparageggs (an exciting combo of asparagus, creole hollandaise and poached eggs, garnished with almonds flakes) and poached egg gumbo, but with vegetarian options and the iconic Louisiana ‘Po Boy’ sandwich (unfortunately only on weekdays) on offer too, you cannot go wrong.

Weekend brunch at Plaquemine-Lock, available from 11am until 3pm, is priced at £14/£21/£25 for 1, 2 or 3 courses.

Granary Square Brasserie, Kings Cross

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Granary Square Brasserie

If you haven’t done brunch at the Granary Square Brasserie – the new restaurant from the team behind The Ivy Collection -then get in now. Slap bang in the heart of Kings Cross, by the famous fountains next to Regent’s Canal, it’s the perfect pit stop to refuel in one of the City’s most vibrant locations.

It’s a place that celebrates, no, revels in its all-day dining concept seven days a week. The delicious all day brunch menu at weekends ranges from classic breakfast favourites  such as home-made granola and Eggs Benedict, to an exquisite range of lighter offerings (think Crispy duck salad to Tuna Carpaccio) and more substantial meals (classic Fish Pie with salmon, cod and smoked haddock, a Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with roast vegetables and delicious steaks including an incredible Cote de Boeuf ). High on our recommendation list is The Hake – the best fish dish we’ve had in ages and the Shrimp and Scallop burger is to die for.

Go for the weekend brunch menu (until 4pm) and experience the resident DJ by the central cocktail bar in the heart of the restaurant as you settle into the sumptuous velvet banquette seats with a Bloody Mary. If dining ‘al fresco’ is your thing, check out the terrace for views across Regent’s Canal. With its coloured parasols you can almost believe you’re in the Riviera.

Best Brunch West London and Central

Fancy Crab, Marylebone

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Tucked away behind the bustling west end of Oxford Street is Fancy Crab, a hidden gem that’s as luxurious as it is laid back. Diners can expect delicious plates, a cosy atmosphere and excellent service all enjoyed from a comfy booth with the option to add 90 minutes of bottomless Prosecco, naturally.

An indulgent and unique take on the usual favourites, the brunch menu makes the most of the restaurant’s key ingredient, the Red King Crab. That’s right – go for fresh fish first thing and you won’t regret it. Try the mouth-watering King Crab Benedict – a delightful twist on the breakfast classic – or opt for the Crab Omelette. The Morecambe Bay oysters from the à la carte menu are also non-negotiable, and make sure you leave room for dessert, too. The chocolate fondant filled with an oozing molten centre is rich and delicious, while the fancy lemon tart is a tangy treat.

Brunch is served from 10am – 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the menu’s delicate flavours – and, of course, the bubbles.

Ella Canta, Mayfair

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Ella Canta

Located in the five-star InterContinental Hotel on Park Lane, Ella Canta brings the taste of the Tulum to Mayfair with a Mexican inspired brunch. Every third Saturday of the month, you can kick off your weekend with a morning (or afternoon, brunch is served from 11.30am until 4pm) of free flowing cocktails or margaritas, as well as decadent dishes.

The exotic 3-course menu includes a tropical ceviche (garnished with lime, coriander and pineapple), shrimp quesadillas with cheese and molcajete sauce and, one of our favourites, pork tacos with avocado sauce and pico de gallo (made from chopped tomato, onion and coriander). Dessert-wise, we’re talking rice pudding with rum and raisins ice cream (yum!), churros with caramel and chocolate or almond cake with passion fruit merengue.

Brunch at Ella Canta is priced at £49 per person with unlimited margaritas for 90 minutes, or £39 per head with unlimited agua frescas.

Christopher’s, Covent Garden

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Christopher’s

Nestled in the heart of Theatreland, Covent Garden staple Christopher’s has one of the most expansive brunch menus that this seasoned brunch fan has ever encountered – and quality is just as great as the quantity.

In the sun-filled dining room, we were treated to superlative riffs on brunch staples from all over the culinary map. The Superfood Brunch menu means that even those who don’t see weekends as a chance to indulge will be in heaven: we loved the Born To Be Green super smoothie (£7) and the Avocado and Tomato Toast, with its perfectly poached egg on top (£10).

If you fancy something more decadent, Christopher’s has also got your back here, too. The Lobster Benedict (£24) is generously laden with the most tender lobster, while the Milk Chocolate Brioche French Toast (£12) was out of this world… a heady combination of copious amounts of melted chocolate, brioche, ice cream. Combine this with the fact that a separate Build Your Own Pancake menu exists, and it’s clear that Christopher’s also caters for those with a sweet tooth.

Make sure you combine your meal with a cocktail – it would be frankly rude not to, thanks to Christopher’s famous Martini Bar. We tried an incredible signature dirty martini, as well as a Vesper (named after the character from Casino Royale), which managed to combine vodka and gin without either becoming overpowering. Thanks to its delicious food and brilliant service, Christopher’s, a dinner-must for over 25 years, is now definitely one of our go-tos for brunch.

J Sheekey Atlantic Bar, Covent Garden

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J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

Just a stone’s throw from Leicester Square, J Sheekey Atlantic Bar is a classic West End pre-theatre brunch destination. The iconic seafood and fish restaurant, favoured by many Londoners, is well liked for its selection of sustainably sourced oysters, shellfish, crab and caviar. Yum!

Grab a table from midday onwards and pick and mix from the à la carte options (there are vegan and vegetarian dishes available too so don’t worry). And if you’re going on a Sunday, there’s J Sheekey’s recently launched brunch menu, accompanied by live music performances.

The salmon and tuna tataki (comes with a tasty green onion yuzu dressing) and the sautéed cod cheeks (served with jersey royals and asparagus) are great picks as a starter. For the main course, the mac and cheese with shrimp, Cornish crab and bacon or the surf and turf burger will satisfy all your cravings. And don’t forget to order a Bloody Mary (classic or with a bourbon twist) – they are simply delicious.

34, Mayfair

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34 Mayfair

In the heart of Mayfair, 34 has something for everyone. Located just off Park Lane, this  has become a favourite among celebrities and royals, with famous faces spotted dining there all the time. The Art Deco interior sets the scene for the fine dining and soft lighting gives it all the elegance you’d expect from one of Richard Caring’s restaurants.

The menu is equally well versed in the sweet and savoury. Many of the dishes are available in both smaller and larger sizes, so you can choose whether to have them as a starter or a main. The restaurant’s lunch menu runs alongside the special brunch offering, with its famous steaks and grills available to mix and match.

Chucs, Notting Hill

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Chucs

Located just off Portobello Road, on the ever-popular Westbourne Grove, Chucs is an Italian restaurant with a tantalising brunch menu and an amazing interior. The tall vases of flowers in the display window trick you into thinking you’re looking at the front of a high-end florist, but once you peek through the glass door, the 50s-inspired décor will lure you in (we’re talking retro-tiled floors, brass table lamps, crisp white table linen and vintage picture frame walls).

The brunch options at Chucs are just as inviting. If you’re going for a late breakfast, there are classics such as fried eggs with tomato and basil (£8) and avocado and feta on sourdough (£11) to choose from. But it’s fair to say that the selection gets even more appetising as the day progresses, offering an incredible tuna tartare (£16), langoustine risotto (£26) and pizza bianca with black truffle (£33).

In addition to its notable dessert menu (which includes a very creamy tiramisu), the restaurant also has outside seating areas worth mentioning. The smaller terrace upstairs is supplied with heaters and a wall-size painting of the Italian coast, while the patio downstairs is decorated with large mirrors and greenery. So definitely try and get a table outside, if the weather allows it.

100 Wardour Street, Wardour Street

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100 Wardour Street

The party never really stops at this 8am – 3am breakfast/lunch/dinner/late night newcomer in the heart of Soho, and rightly so given the building’s history as the site of the old Marquee Club, where The Rolling Stones did their first ever live gig. Saturday brunch is a fun, buzzy affair where bottomless Prosecco is encouraged and the three-course menu mixes classic 11am favourites – smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – with dishes like harissa and agave roasted aubergine. Worth booking in for a long sitting.

Sartoria, Mayfair

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Sartoria

Following an extensive refurbishment, Savile Row’s Sartoria re-opened its doors in late 2015 with a brand new breakfast menu to sink your teeth into. With classic Italian cooking – courtesy of renowned Italian chef Francesco Mazzai – our highlight has to be the Eggs Purgatorio, a rich egg baked in a spicy tomato sauce with freshly baked Italian breads on the side.

ROKA Aldwych

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ROKA

The best breakfasts London has to offer don’t always feature avocado and eggs. The Han Setto weekend brunch at ROKA is perfect if you’ve had enough of that to last you a lifetime. For £59 (which includes a bellini when you arrive and wine) or £43 if you’re off the booze, the brunch features some of the Japanese restaurant’s star dishes, like the raw salmon, avocado and wasabi tobiko maki and the beef, ginger and sesame dumplings. The first course is followed with a Japanese robata grill of fresh fish and meat and a dessert platter. Delish.

The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, Kensington

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Ivy Kensington

If the setting for you is just as important as the food, then the beautifully plush Ivy Kensington Brasserie is definitely the place to go if it’s a special occasion. The weekday breakfast and weekend brunch menus are full of classic dishes with some luxurious additions. Truffled eggs, anyone?

BungaTINI, Covent Garden

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BungaTINI

Italian-themed bar and restaurant Bunga Bunga has been running legendary party brunches in its Battersea branch for several years now. These generally feature loud music, a never-ending supply of prosecco and more breakfast-themed Italian food than you can finish, including the ‘Bunga Benedict’ and ‘Englishman’s Breakfast’ pizzas. If you’re not quite up for the noisy Battersea fiesta, Bunga Bunga’s Covent Garden sister restaurant BungaTINI has just launched a new ‘Wood-Fired Brunch’, which includes unlimited bellinis, wood-fired pizzas and a fun party atmosphere without the raucous crowd. Burrata for breakfast? Why not.

Casa Brindisa, South Kensington

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Brindisa Kitchens

One of the best tapas restaurants around, Casa Brindisa also serves up a mean breakfast and brunch. Try their mushrooms, scrambled eggs, tomato and Manchego or just order like there’s no tomorrow and scoff a whole plate of Iberico ham yourself. We won’t judge you.

OPSO, Paddington Street

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OPSO

With a full range of breakfast dishes going on, OPSO is one of the most loved brunch and breakfast places in the Marylebone area (and, for that matter, the city). You can either choose to start your day off right with their Earl grey infused rice porridge or one of the granola dishes or indulge your naughty side with the pancakes. We like them covered in praline spread and hazelnuts.

Providores, Marylebone High Street

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Providores

As one of the first restaurants to bring brunch to the capital, Providores pulls a big crowd and regularly has a queue of hungry punters outside. They’ll all be ordering Peter Gordon’s signature breakfast dish, the Turkish Eggs.

Tredwells, Upper St Martin’s Lane

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Tredwells

Marcus Wareing’s informal restaurant in Covent Garden has a great brunch/breakfast offering with cheat day treats such as caramelized banana eggy bread with bacon, maple syrup or chorizo jam and slow cooked egg, avocado and toasted sourdough. If you’re sticking to the diet plan then you can order granola or a seasonal veggie frittata.

Coya, Mayfair

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COYA

Isn’t London amazing you can now enjoy the best of Latin American cuisine as a bottomless champagne brunch.   London’s first Peruvian restaurant that opened to critical acclaim in 2012 has launched a brand new menu including their new signature brunch cocktail the ‘Pisco Mary’.  Dine on Peruvian dishes such as Corvina Trufa (Corvina ceviche with truffle) and Arroz Nikkei (Chilean sea bass casuela) created by Executive Chef, Sanjay Dwivedi and served in the South American inspired dining room. As the DJ plays chilled house you can relax while the in-house nanny keeps the kids entertained (Sundays only FYI).  Situated opposite Green Park and 5 minute walk from Bond Street it’s the perfect location to take a break from some serious window shopping.

No 1a Duke Street, Richmond

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Perfect for taking a break from the hustle and bustle of central London, No 1a Duke Street is a trendy bar in Richmond with a cosy courtyard area and tantalising breakfast menu. Serving cocktails such as rhubarb Bellini’s and Bloody Mary’s (available per glass or in a jug, so great for a boozy brunch) as well as cold press juices (we tried the Clean Carrot and were pleasantly surprised), there’s something for everyone.

If you’re in a savoury mood, order the breakfast tacos (£8.5) or breakfast rice bowl (£9.95). You can add a side of salmon or keep it veggie – it’s your choice. If you’re craving something sweet, the ricotta pancakes with orange crème fraîche (£8.5) and the coconut chia pudding with coconut yoghurt (£5.5) are both served with poached rhubarb, and very tasty.

Still feeling a little bit hungry? We’d suggest opting for dessert too. The fresh raspberry and almond tart (£6.95) is lovely, but the white chocolate mousse with berry compote, coffee and cocoa crumb (£6.95) is even better. Trust us – it’s heavenly and definitely worth skipping starters for.

Best Brunch South London

Aqua Shard, London Bridge

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Aqua Shard

It’s hard to beat the 360 views of London from level 31 of The Shard, home to its cavernous restaurant Aqua. And now there’s a brand new brunch menu to try as you drink in those uninterrupted views across St Paul’s and watch toy-sized trains far below sliding in and out of London Bridge.

The new brunch offering is a push-the-boat out affair featuring truffle, lobster and Wagyu beef. At £48 for 3 courses, it’s also one to be lingered over well into lunchtime, as smaller breakfast-friendly starters of buttermilk pancakes and a dinky eggs benedict lead into main courses of beef sirloin, Scottish lobster thermidor and a decadent truffle-laced bubble and squeak. If you’ve still got room to spare there’s a pudding menu of white chocolate and lime cheesecake, brownies and treacle tart.

Just as well there’s a lift to take you back down those 31 floors…

Village East, Bermondsey

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Village East

While it may not be your usual breakfast dish, confit turkey hash with poached eggs and spinach has become a firm favourite at Village East. If you’d rather save turkey for Christmas, then you can order up their Campfire breakfast or the protein-filled Steak & Eggs breakfast right up until 4pm on the weekends.

The Jam Tree, Clapham

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The Jam Tree

The Jam Tree does classics with a twist (where doesn’t these days?). We suggest ordering the black pudding, apple and chutney on toast as well as one of their nine variants on a Bloody Mary.

Art Yard Bar, Southbank

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Art Yard Bar

Situated inside the effortlessly chic Bankside Hotel, the Art Yard Bar & Kitchen offers up a brunch experience like no other. With a selection of small plates such as melt-in-your-mouth burrata and mushroom arancini, as well as four different types of wood-fired pizzettes to choose from, this wide-ranging menu provides the perfect reminder as to why brunch is definitely our favourite meal. If you fancy a classic brunch experience, opt for a large plate such as the french toast with apple brandy ice cream, or the delectable smoked haddock hash with sea beets and cucumber yogurt. Running its dreamy breakfast every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am-4pm, the Art Yard is certainly one to be added right to the top of your brunch spot hit-list.

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Waitrose launches a gin tasting service you can enjoy at home

Waitrose launches a gin tasting service you can enjoy at home


Splendid.

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It’s summer (apparently) and there’s nothing quite like sitting in your/someone else’s/a pub garden and enjoying a lovely gin in a large and fancy glass, naturally.

But there’s also something to be said for getting cosy on the couch and sipping a G&T while catching up on Love Island with your pyjamas on, hair in a ponytail and a face mask working its magic.

And if you’re more of a gin in than gin out kind of person, Waitrose is launching an at-home tasting service that you’ll want to sign up for immediately.

The ‘Gin O Clock’ sessions are two hours long and involve specialists visiting your home with five different gins so that you can try out some tasty newbies. The Waitrose & Partner specialist will provide all the gins which will be paired with delicious Fever-Tree tonics, so that you can really enjoy their range of flavours – like pink pepper and sloe gin.

All of the yes.

The session also includes a masterclass on making the perfect gin and tonic and will explain the history of each beverage. Plus, each person in the party will get their own Fever-Tree Dartington crystal glass to keep.

It’ll set you back £400 to enjoy the service, and accommodates 6 – 10 people – so if you can get nine friends over it’ll only be £40. Bargain.

Andrew Riding, Drinks Experience Manager at Waitrose Wine Tasting at Home said: ‘The Waitrose Wine Tasting at Home Gin O’ Clock experience is a fun and relaxed way for you and your guests to find out more about various gin flavour profiles.

‘From knowing how much ice to use, to which glass choice is best, our experience will help hone your gin and tonic making skills. Britain is having a great love affair with gin at the moment and we are excited to either teach fans more about their favourite drink or introduce the world of gin to newcomers.’

We’re in.

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Oreos coated in Cadbury chocolate now exist and it’s a yes from us

Oreos coated in Cadbury chocolate now exist and it’s a yes from us


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If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, you’ll know all about that 3pm chocolate itch. Whether your go-to is a delicious white chocolate Twix (yes, they’re in the UK now) or a green tea Kitkit (will be in the UK soon), there’s nothing quite like your favourite confectionary teamed with a mug of tea mid-afternoon.

But if you’re on the lookout for a new snack, then take a look at this.

The original Oreo has been updated and it looks so good. A super chocolatey twist on the original cookie, they’re dipped in Cadbury’s signature chocolate to make them even more delicious.

Didn’t think the dark chocolate biscuit sandwiching a creamy filling could get any better? Well, we think it just might have.

Imagine dipping that into your cuppa. Heaven.

Joanna Dias, Senior Brand Manager at Mondelēz International said: ‘We’re thrilled to launch Oreo Cadbury Coated.

‘We wanted to give our fans an even more delicious version of the much-loved cookie we all know so well and offer them a brand new eating experience.’

They’ll be available at all major supermarkets, so keep an eye on the sweet shelves next time you pop to do your food shop. The Oreo Cadbury Coated will retail at £2 per pack, and if that’s not a bargain we don’t know what is.

Brb, stocking up immediately.

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Waitrose trial take your own tubs scheme to reduce plastic waste

Waitrose trial take your own tubs scheme to reduce plastic waste


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Waitrose is trialling a ‘take your own tub’ scheme to encourage shoppers to reduce their plastic waste.

They’ll be selling loose cereals, pasta, rice, coffee as well as beers, wine, and washing up liquid and in a ‘refillable zone’. There will also be a ‘pick’n’mix’ frozen fruit section and customers will also be able to a ‘borrow-a-box’ instead of using plastic bags.

The Waitrose Unpacked initiative will be trialled in the Botley Road store in Oxford and will run for 11 weeks until August 18th 2019. The supermarket chain is asking for as much feedback as possible to see if the Unpacked trial could be a longterm change.

‘We are determined to build on the work we’ve already done to reduce packaging, and this test will take our efforts to a whole new level as we help the growing number of customers who want to shop in a more sustainable way,’ Waitrose head of corporate social responsibility, Tor Harris, said.

‘This test has huge potential to shape how people might shop with us in the future so it will be fascinating to see which concepts our customers have an appetite for.

‘We know we’re not perfect and have more to do, but we believe this is an innovative way to achieve something different.’

According to Greenpeace UK ocean plastics campaigner Ariana Densham, the top 10 UK supermarkets produce 810,000 tonnes of throwaway packaging each year so this could revolutionise not only the way we shop but how much plastic we use on a day-to-day basis.

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A Friends-themed cafe is popping up in Primark really soon

A Friends-themed cafe is popping up in Primark really soon


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Friends may have ended back in 2004 (yep, it really has been 15 years already – feel old yet?), but our love for the show will never die. There are so many nuggets of information still being uncovered to this day, from the Friends alternative ending to Lisa Kudrow’s heartbreaking revelation about acting on the show.

Sadly, there won’t be a reunion and this is the real reason why (sob). But we do have Friendsfest every year, and now we’re getting our very own Central Perk.

That’s right – the world’s most famous cafe (probably) from the TV show is coming to the UK and it’s popping up in Primark. The fully branded Central Perk Cafe will feature a New York inspired menu, exclusive branded products and the opportunity to get your photo on the most recognisable sofa of the ’90s.

And you can be safe in the knowledge that whatever cup of coffee you order will be poured into a compostable cup and will use ethically sourced coffee beans.

There’s also a Friends shopping area, complete with themed clothing and mugs.

Could this be any more exciting?

The cafe will open on 12th June at the Manchester store, and Primark’s Director of New Business Development, Tim Kelly said: ‘We are hugely excited to be bringing the first branded Central Perk Café in fashion retail in the UK to the British high street.

‘Customers can relax and have fun there whilst also enjoying our amazing fashion at amazing prices in our Manchester store.’

We’ll be there (for youuu).

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Bad news for brunch – a ‘global halloumi shortage’ is coming

Bad news for brunch – a ‘global halloumi shortage’ is coming


Oh dear.

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polpo brunch

If you’re a big brunch fan, you’ve probably visited some of London’s best breakfast hotspots, making your way through various acai bowls, poached eggs on sour dough and shakshukas.

But you might notice some big changes the next time you hit up your local brunch spot.

Remember the outrage following the avocado ban? Many were shocked to find out that trendy cafes across the UK were ditching the millennial favourite from their menus following environmental concerns about how they are farmed.

And now another brunch classic could see itself slowly removed from your breakfast plate. Prepare yourselves – a ‘global halloumi shortage’ is coming.

Experts claim that an increased demand in other countries, such as China, has affected the UK as supermarkets are no longer able to keep stock levels up – leading to a price increase for Brits, who are currently the biggest consumers of the cheese outside of Cyprus. We reportedly eat 12,000 tonnes of the stuff a year, and account for 43% of exports.

The average price of halloumi has gone up 12% compared to this time last year, and The Grocer has analysed data to find that costs have soared 5% in the last month alone. Supermarket Aldi was even forced to ration their popular frozen halloumi fries recently to just two boxes per customer.

The website said: ‘Demand for halloumi is also surging across the rest of Europe and in China where consumers have recently developed an appetite for the cheese.

‘Last year, producers in Cyprus warned they were already struggling to keep up with demand and an export deal with China might lead to shortages in the UK.’

So be prepared.

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This is what drinking white wine says about your personality

This is what drinking white wine says about your personality


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Whether you prefer a full bodied red or a crisp glass of white, there’s one thing we now know – that your vino of choice says a lot about your personality.

According to new research, there are some big differences between red and white wine drinkers.

A survey of 2,000 Americans aged over 21 found that white wine drinkers are more likely to be extroverted individuals who prefer to stay up late and listen to punk music apparently. They’re also more likely to be curious, sarcastic perfectionists, prefer cats over dogs and are willing to spend less on a bottle.

The study was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Coravin, and they also looked at the personality traits of red wine drinkers. They tended to be early risers, listen to jazz music and deem themselves adventurous, humble and organised.

The research also showed that those who prefer red see themselves as ‘wine aficionados’ – and the results show that they’re not wrong, as they’re more likely to know how to hold the glass correctly, what tannins are and how long it takes for wine to oxidise.

Greg Lambrecht, Founder and Inventor of Coravin said: ‘Enjoying a glass of whatever wine someone is in the mood for, doesn’t need to be wasteful. There are more amazing wines available now, than ever before. Wine lovers should be able to enjoy the wine they love, in the amount they want, without thinking about when they are going to return to that bottle.’

One thing the two groups agreed on was that their favourite place to enjoy a drink is at home.

As for those who drink both? We’ll just have to assume you’re all of the above.

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Asda wins gold at the world’s biggest wine competition with this £5.25 bottle

Asda wins gold at the world’s biggest wine competition with this £5.25 bottle


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Not sure where to start when picking the perfect bottle of vino? Overwhelmed when it comes to the alcohol aisle? Unsure of what you should be pairing with your dinner? Well, you can start to make sense of it all by taking note of which wines come out on top at the world’s biggest wine awards.

And this year it’s Asda that’s taking home a gold star for one of their £5.25 offering which has ‘soft, tropical fruit flavours seasoned with a sassy crispness’.

The supermarket was awarded the honour by the Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest wine competition, for their bottle of The Wine Atlas Fetească Regală, Romania 2018 which is listed on their website as ‘a brilliant match to rice salads, Asian dishes or stir-fries.’

Judges selected their favourites from a selection of 17,000 wines from 57 countries and awards co-chair Michael Hill Smith hopes that the competition will help people pick up the perfect bottle.

‘Choosing a bottle with a DWWA sticker on it, particularly a gold or platinum, should reassure them that the wine has been through a rigorous judging process, against much competition and you can trust the quality,’ he said.

‘With more education on wine so widely available nowadays, and plenty more opportunities to travel, now really is the time to have an interest in wine.’

An award winning bottle of wine for less than £6? We’re sold.

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An Aldi gin festival is happening this month and we’re so excited

An Aldi gin festival is happening this month and we’re so excited


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Gin lovers, unite – Aldi is bringing us a gin festival this month and we couldn’t be more excited.

The world’s obsession with gin shows no signs of slowing down, and the supermarket has decided to bring back the event for 2019. Better still, it’s happening on the bank holiday weekend.

From 26th May, you’ll be able to get your hands on three new Aldi gins as well as gift packages and cocktail bottles.

The range includes a Blackcurrant & Liquorice Gin and a Rhubarb Gin, both priced at £19.99, as well as a Raspberry & Elderflower Gin Liqueur for a bargain £9.99.

The Rhubarb Gin is a mix of sweet rhubarb with citrus fruit flavours, while the Blackcurrant & Liquorice Gin combines blackcurrant and coriander flavours, sweetened with liquorice, citrus and almond.

They’re also launching a number of pre-made gin cocktails, which include Berry Bramble, Citrus Fizz and Basil Smash flavours coming in at a very respectable £1.99 for 250ml. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the gin lover in your life, they’ll also be stocking s Flavoured Gin Tasting Pack and a Pink Gin Selection Pack, both £9.99.

But we all know that your gin glass is just as important as the drink itself, and Aldi have you covered there too, selling four for £7.99.

Tom Doorley, Aldi’s Drinks Expert said: ‘Aldi know more than a thing or two about gin. Just look at Aldi’s very own Irish craft gin, distilled in small batches by the Blackwater Distillery in County Waterford: Boyle’s is, by far, the best value Irish gin that you can buy.

‘But with Aldi’s nose for great gins, you can be sure that everything featured in the Gin Festival will be deliciously interesting and just a bit different.’

Now let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the sun comes out bank holiday weekend…

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Hankies – real Indian street food in luxury surroundings

Hankies – real Indian street food in luxury surroundings


We’re spoilt for choice in London, it’s fair to say we have all our curry needs catered for. But Hankies took me by surprise. This is real Indian street food set inside the luxury surroundings of the Montcalm Hotel at Marble Arch. Just a short walk from the underground station set in the back streets, I discovered a real Indian gem! Based on a great new concept combining fuss-free, fresh, light and aromatic small plates which are all great value for money, in a top London hotel! What’s not to love?

We are seated by a very friendly waiter who takes time to explain the menu and answer any questions we have, helping us choose a varied selection and letting us know when we are ordering too much of the ‘small’ plates!

As we wait for our food we are captivated by the chefs preparing the Hankies specialty Roomali Roti. This is a classic Indian roti which is hand spun until it’s thin enough to read through and then cooked on a burning hot Roomali Taw and folded into ‘Hankies’. It basically goes with any dish and is delicious! It’s a real art watching them be spun round so fast and effortlylessly.

We start the evening off with a Lychee Rose Petal cocktail and traditional Mango lassi, both are fresh and tasty. As the dishes arrive in beautiful bowls and pretty china plates all sourced from Indian markets and antique stores by the chef and co-founder of Hankies Anirudh Arora, I realise we are in for a treat. The presentation of the food is so inviting. The food is tapas style and we have a table full of delights, here are our top picks of the menu not to be missed, don’t judge we had lots! Lamb chops – marinated in Kashmiri chillies, paprika and mustard oil. Yellow chilli garlic prawns served on skewers. Mantu – spicey chicken and spring onion ravioli. Peshwari Tikka – grilled chicken, green chilli and yogurt. Stir fried masala crab meat, potatoes and spicy peppers. And Saag Krumb – Spinach and fresh fenugreek and braised mushrooms. The food really is the freshest and lightest Indian food I have tried, we enjoyed every mouthful. We rounded the meal off with a refreshing Asian fruit platter of papaya, dragon fruit, lychee and mango and the perfect Kulfi. With the most expensive dish on the menu just £9 and the majority around £4-6 you can really explore what’s on offer.

Hankies chef and co-founder Anirudh Aurora has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge in the restaurant world to Hankies, after opening a number of restaurants in India with Oberoi Hotels he came to London in 2003 and opened Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant Benares aswell as working as head chef in Moti Mahal. This man knows his stuff, Hankies really is North Indian street food at it’s best – go try it!

Hankies

Address: 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP
Telephone: 02089583222
Nearest transport: Marble Arch underground station
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 12pm-2.45; 5.45pm-10.45pm

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