We headed to Clerkenwell Grind to check out the ultra-chic warehouse that pairs heavenly brunch dishes with hip style and bottomless bubbles
Restaurant: Clerkenwell Grind
Location: Clerkenwell, EC1V 9AA
Blowout or budget: dishes vary from £5 for fruit and grains to £10 for a full English breakfast. Add bottomless prosecco for two hours at £12. Bargain!
As Grind opened their first branch in Shoreditch back in 2011 selling great coffee followed by espresso martinis and cool tunes by night, something special on the London food and drink scene was beginning to unfold. Fast forward six years and the city is now awash with hip coffee joints and boutique brunch spots.
If you don’t know already, Grind has nine branches across London and they’re nailing the capital’s brunch game. We headed to their biggest site in Clerkenwell to sample a cup of the good stuff followed by their infamous bottomless brunch…
The all-day restaurant and club-bar spans two floors complete with dusty pink and teal velvet furniture, two stylish marble bars serving delicious cocktails (plus their signature espresso martinis) and a very Instagrammable neon commissioned from Toronto tattoo-artist Curt Montgomery. This converted warehouse oozes Clerkenwell cool.
Mixing it up
Grind pride themselves on putting a bold, creative twist on breakfast favourites. From breakfast burritos to French banana toast with coconut cream, there’s something for everyone.
First up for us was the smashed avocado with poached eggs and beetroot smoked salmon. Vanessa went for the sweet potato harissa cakes with poached eggs which was invented by none other than Clerkenwell Grind’s manager Chris! Obviously we had to wash these dishes down with a cup of flat white served in their signature red cups. Both dishes were beautifully presented and extremely tasty but the bright orange harissa cakes had to be the winner!
Let’s go bottomless
One thing that struck me about Clerkenwell Grind was the atmosphere. Personally, there’s nothing worse than going for brunch with friends to a venue which lacks soul. But here the hustle and bustle of birthday celebrations and catch ups with friends over mimosas and Bloody Marys fills the air.
As V and I caught up on gossip and holidays in Hawaii, we decided some bottomless prosecco was needed! For a bargainous £12 (yes, seriously) you can enjoy free flowing bubbles. And they’re not stingy, our lovely waitress was pretty attentive and our glasses never ran dry.
We were spoilt for choice when it came to dessert. From hot apple crumble sundae to chocolate parfait and hazelnut streusel, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. We opted for the pancake stack with blueberries, whipped coconut cream and shavings of lime. Light and fresh, this dish (along with a few more glasses of prosecco) rounded the afternoon off nicely. Roll us out the door please… we’re done!
If you’re looking for a stylish brunch spot where fun is compulsory and the food is indulgent but different, Clerkenwell Grind is for you. Their weekend brunch menu will definitely make sure you’re set up for continuing the fun long into the evening!
Book a weekend brunch now and we promise you won’t be disappointed.