If you’re looking for something civilised to do tomorrow – or on any Sunday, of course – allow me to suggest brunch at Hotel Cafe Royal.
The Hotel itself is rather grand, and for brunch you head past the ever-so polite Doormen, head through the main space and step inside the Green Bar, where you’ll be greeted by a buffet of delicious food and the prospect of unlimited Bloody Mary’s (or half a bottle of Prosecco), all for £25.
Anyone who knows me well knows I love a Bloody Mary, and I love them bloody spicy. The Green Bar has a choice of three for you to choose from – my friend chose the standard, and I chose the Oriental, which had a delicious kick. We chatted and picked from the food on offer, which included a selection of tasty pastries (sprinkled with fresh berries), delicious BBQ Pulled Pork, which you could combine with various accompaniments and sauces, mini pies, piles of cheeses, tarts, houmous with crunchy crudités (served in mini terracotta plant pots), a roasted vegetable plate and so much more. Other than the pastries, the food on offer is definitely more lunch than breakfast, which was fine with us as we arrived at 1.30 (Brunch is served from 1130am – 230pm). We were there just over an hour and enjoyed a healthy serving of food, washed down with a couple of those Bloody Mary’s each – and think it was worth the £25 per head.
The atmosphere was rather grown up – unlike some of the other brunches in town – so would suit those wanting a quiet bite before/during a shopping trip rather than those who want a bit of a brunch party! The Green Bar itself is lovely, and I’d very much like to go back and try it in the evening to experience ‘The Absinthe Journey’. The bar’s expert bartenders mix cocktails and serve shots straight up traditionally, from the steady drizzle of the Absinthe fountain. Sounds like my kind of fun!