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When it comes to breakfast places; breakfast at The Wolseley is definitely a London institution. “Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life,” as written by A. A. Gill in his book ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’.
Ever since moving to London it was one of those bucket-list-experiences that I just had to do at some point. I can’t believe it took me almost 4 years to tick it off. Useless I know!
The Wolseley is an all day café-restaurant located on Piccadilly next to the Ritz hotel. Starting at 7am on the dot from Monday to Friday (and from a gentler 8am at the weekend), breakfast at the Wolseley is served from an extensive menu. The Wolseley actually manages to turn 350 covers in a day and you can see how when you experience their smooth and speedy service (without making you feel like you need to eat and leave asap, as some places can be).
On weekdays breakfast at the Wolseley seems to be the place for advertising execs, media types and business folk conducting their early morning meetings over coffee and delicious pastries. To get a table it is definitely necessary to book in advance, so when my best friends birthday was coming up and seeing are both pretty swamped at work, we decided to have a pre-work celebration with breakfast at The Wolseley! Our booking was for 7.30am and when we arrived the place was already buzzing with people. The interior and feeling is one of a Vienna grand cafe that feels posh but without being over-pretentious.
I had been out for dinner the night before (where I’d consumed a few too many wines – whoops) which meant I had a bit of a hangover, so the first thing I craved was coffee and a freshly baked pain au chocolate! It went down a treat. Oh and my friends’ boyfriend knows his coffees and confirmed to me recently that, to him, the cappuccino at the Wolseley is one of the best around! And that says something ;)
I told the waiter it was my friends birthday so had asked them to surprise her with a candle on her pastry (which they couldn’t do unfortunately) but they did provide a lovely marzipan birthday plaque!
When it came to ordering breakfast it was a pretty tough decision because I’d read so many good things. The breakfast menu offers everything from bircher müesli, fruit and porridge to bacon & fried egg rolls, fish cakes and croques monsier to a traditional full English fried breakfast. However my hangover seemed to be craving a sweet & salty fix that morning, so when I spotted the french toast with bacon, I was sold!
The birthday girl had the ‘potato rösti with avocado, tomato and a hen’s egg’ and her boyfriend went for their much-raved-about-signature dish the ‘Eggs Benedict’.
The french toast was one of the best I’ve had in years! Some people think bacon with french toast is a strange combination but trust me once you’ve tried it you won’t go back, it’s delicious and the perfect sweet and salty combination. The bacon was super crispy and I demolished this breakfast. The service was very friendly and efficient and I can see why The Wolseley such an institution in London. It was a great way to start our Friday morning. We both went to work full and happy! I will definitely be back for breakfast and can’t wait to try their afternoon tea which is also meant to be divine.
160 Piccadilly London W1J 9EB
Note; it’s definitely worth making a booking ahead of time for breakfast at The Wolseley!
Looking for a great pudding recipe for an Easter feast this weekend? Well, look no further! This Easter Hot Cross Bun Pudding recipe is super easy and super delicious. It’s a great way to use up leftover or slightly stale Hot Cross Buns to have as a dessert on Easter Sunday or any time over the Easter holiday. To transform your generic hot cross bun into a warming treat check out the recipe below.
Easter Hot Cross Bun Pudding Recipe
- 6 Hot cross buns
- Butter (spreadable)
- 4 Eggs
- 30g Sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence or vanilla paste
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 350ml of (double) cream
- 350ml of milk
- Chunks of chocolate (optional)
Preheat your oven to 180C and butter an ovenproof dish. Slice the hot cross buns in halves and butter each side. Then arrange them in a dish just big enough to fit your six hot cross buns. If the sound of more chocolate appeals to you (and trust me you won’t regret doing this step!) then now add some chocolate chunks in and around the buns.
In a bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla essence and cinnamon. Pour the mixture over and around your buns and squish them down a bit in the liquid to help them soak up all the creamy goodness. You can let it soak for about 30 minutes or just pop it straight into them oven. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until puffy and dark rich brown.
Serve hot straight from the oven with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!
Original recipe by Liberty London Girl
I had this dessert on the weekend at The Chameleon Social Club Easter Feast and it was incredibly moorish! I just couldn’t stop scooping up more of the custardy filling combined with the melted chocolate chunks, nom nom. My friend Emily kindly gave me the recipe so I am now making it for my friends this Easter as we’re escaping to the Cotswolds for a few days.
Do you think you will make this Hot Cross Bun Pudding this weekend or do you already have a winning Easter pudding recipe lined up?
When it comes to British baking my absolute favourite treat is freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and jam! Scones are perfect for picnics, girly afternoon teas, bringing a plate along to family lunches or to share at the office. People always think that scones are hard to make but I am about to change your life by sharing with you my fail proof scones recipe. It’s super easy, using only a small amount of ingredients and it will give you delicious, perfect scones every time!
Fail Proof Scones Recipe – Lemonade Scones
4 cups self-raising flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
330ml can of lemonade
1 cup of cream
1/2 cup of sultanas (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
- Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl.
- Add the lemonade and cream and mix lightly until evenly combined. It’s important not to over mix otherwise the scones will become tough. I like to use a spatula to gently fold the mixture together.
- Sprinkle some flour onto a large cutting board and place the scone dough on top. Press it out into a rectangular shape roughly 4cm thick. Using a round shape, cut the dough into rounds. Or you can also cut the dough into even squares using a sharp knife. It depends on how you like your scones; perfectly round ones or a bit more rustic looking.
- Place the scones on a (lined) baking tray. I always place them close to each other so they rise better! Bake for 12 minutes, or until puffed and golden.
- Scones can be eaten while still warm or when completely cooled. Serve with jam and clotted or whipped cream depending on your preference.
Makes approximately 13 medium sized scones. Original recipe from The Best of Annabel Langbein: Great Food for Busy Lives (link)
Variation – Savoury Cheese Scones: use soda water instead of lemonade, omit the sugar and add 1 cup of grated tasty cheese and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Add chopped bacon or onion if desired – trust me it’s a yummy little addition!)
These fail proof scones are also extremely versatile. Into the scone batter, you could add chopped dates, sultanas, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, caramel bits, berries, pumpkin, cinnamon, nuts and much more or go for my savoury variation. The possibilities are endless!
For my recent homemade girly afternoon (read post here) I made a batch of plain and sultana scones because I know some people don’t like sultanas. Personally I love them! I served mine with a big bowl of clotted cream, strawberry jam, blackberry jam and lemon curd and let the girls go crazy. It’s fair to say that they absolutely loved them!
Go on, this Fail Proof Scones recipe is so easy. Why don’t you whip up some next time you’ve got someone coming over for a cup of tea!
A little while back I tried a new brunch place in South Kensington. I am normally not one for the hotel breakfasts, but the brunch menu at Apero sounded pretty appealing so was keen to give it a go. Apero is located in the cellars of the Ampersand boutique Hotel in the heart of South Kensington. The atmosphere and décor in Apero is really nice and very casual, with wooden chairs, bricks and tiles, and it looks like your typical brunch cafe instead of a hotel restaurant. Me and a friend started off with coffee while deciding what to get from the weekend brunch menu.
They offer a ‘help yourself’ from the counter option for £14 which means you can help yourself as much as you want from the buffet table which has: Orford smoked cheddar, Emmental, Brie, Gloucester Old Spot ham, Mortadella, Feta & Spinach croissant, Homemade muffin, Cinnamon brioche, Chocolate brioche, Assorted pastries, Banana bread, Sour dough bread, Fresh fruit salad, Loseley yoghurt, Greek yoghurt, Bircher muesli, Granola, Cereals, Dried fruits and unlimited hot drinks & juice. So if you’re hungry, go for this option!
Or you can select from the a la carte menu with options like; a Full English Breakfast, Brioche French Toast with bacon, cinnamon & banana, Cumberland Sausage Ring with fried eggs, Homemade Waffles with vanilla poached pear & chocolate or Coconut Porridge with caramelised banana. My friend went for the ‘from the counter option’ and got stuck in at the buffet to try a bit of everything!
Back at our cute little private (cave) table by the window, we shared the many treats like Banana Bread, Fresh Grapefruit, Bircher Muesli and a selection of cheeses.
From the a la carte menu we got the Turkish style eggs with yoghurt & chilli and the Avocado on grilled sourdough with coriander & lime. I was extremely excited for the Turkish style eggs (because I am addicted to Peter Gordon’s version at The Providores & Tapas room) but unfortunately they didn’t quite live up to their expectation. It was tasty, but just not what I was expecting so was a little disappointed. It basically was more poached eggs covered in a chilli & yoghurt sauce which tasted good but it just wasn’t what I was craving. The avocado on sourdough with coriander & lime was simple and delicious. You pretty much can’t go wrong with avocado on toast in my books.
Overall I enjoyed brunch at Apero. The one thing to remember is that it is still a hotel so the vibe isn’t very buzzy but that makes it perfect for a more quiet brunch catch up morning, right in the middle of South Kensington. Oh and you can book a table online so that’s always a bonus. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2.30pm. Find out more at aperorestaurantandbar.com.
Apero Restaurant & Bar
2 Harrington Road
Are you a fan of hotel breakfasts or do you prefer a little cafe?
I had my parents visiting me in London this weekend so here are a few pictures from my Instagram to show you what we got up to! They arrived Saturday morning so of course, the first thing I had to do was cook them brunch at ‘cafe Roz’ at my new home.
My home-cooked Shakshuka brunch for mum & dad. I love this spiced tomato egg dish and it’s very easy. Watch this space for the recipe // Going for a big walk exploring (and getting a little lost) in Hampstead Heath // Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath // Enjoying some tea and cakes at the cafe at Kenwood House in the park before walking back home.
Ready for dinner out in Notting Hill, wearing striped top from Oasis (now on sale -link!) with leather pencil skirt from ZARA // Beautiful decor and lighting at the Dock Kitchen // The Dock Kitchen by Stevie Parle is a great restaurant overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Ladbroke Grove, West London. The food was delicious and we had a lovely evening. Review and more photos to follow!
I’d heard about a Sunday’s Farmers Market in Queens Park (which is just around the corner from my house) so this weekend I decided to explore it with my parents. Like father, like daughter; we both share a of love food so all the fresh produce and market stalls was a treat and great way to start the day! Mum and dad had coffee with fresh croissants for breakfast and I couldn’t resist a slightly naughtier breakfast roll with egg and a venison sausage from the Picks Organic Farm stall. Nom nom :) The Queens Park Farmers Market is on every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. More information HERE.
On Sunday the annual famous Boat Race was on between Cambridge and Oxford. Seeing my mum is a keen rower she was rather excited to check out this race on the Thames // We headed out to Putney, stocked up on some freshly popped popcorn and drinks and secured our spot along the river to cheer on the rowers. The weather was quite windy and a bit rainy but it was great fun to see the all the excitement and many people celebrating such a big event.
After being outside for most of the afternoon we could do with some warming up, so the best way to do this was to going to a cosy pub for a Sunday Roast! We went to one of my favourite pubs in Notting Hill/Kensington which is the Windsor Castle. Their roast is always top-notch and their sticky toffee pudding…..YUM! // On Monday, I unfortunately had to go to work but mum & dad continued to explore around London and checked out the National Gallery to see the Veronese exhibition – which they said was beautiful // We reunited again in the evening for dinner at Ottolenghi in Islington. Me & dad are both a little bit Ottolenghi obsessed so it was amazing to go to his flagship restaurant in London for dinner together. Of course a full (picture heavy) review filled with plenty of foodporn to follow!
What a great family & food filled weekend!