If you live in London and you like to brunch there is no doubt you will have seen the beautiful looking pictures of brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth. They offer a bottomless brunch at the weekend, which is always a winner and sometimes it can take weeks and weeks to get a table at a sociable time on a Saturday. So, you’d think all these ingredients would make brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth very good. Unfortunately, we were left a little disappointed.
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Bourne & Hollingsworth buildings are just a stones throw from the foodie hub that is Exmouth Market and perfectly located for a stroll along the Regents Canal. I was meeting up with two friends for brunch and we’d seen so many gorgeous looking photos of the building and the brunch we decided to book it up. Like I mentioned, you need to book in advance as it’s very popular. I think we booked a month in advance! And we still could only get 11am! You have your table for 1.5 hours only.
This is where I think many of the issues with our meal stemmed from. With only 1.5 hours everyone is rushing around from the minute you walk in. We were sat at our table and within about 2 minutes asked if we wanted to order. We did however order our drinks straight away knowing we were going for bottomless bellinis (£18) and bloody marys (£17).
We quickly made our orders after this. We all opted for the huevos benedictos with chorizo, avocado, béarnaise sauce, pico de gallo. At £9 we thought this was pretty good value. However, two plates came without the pico de gallo and the chorizo was super chewy. But there was some very good yolk porn!
The beautiful location soon makes you forget though. Seriously, I want to style my whole flat on this place! I am now on a mission to get more plants for my living room. We decided to share a little sweet treat and ordered a portion of french toast with bananas. And then our time was up.
Is brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth worth it?
I’m not sure it is worth it. The food we were served was nothing special and didn’t even come with everything listed on the menu.
It’s hard to get the attention of staff when you want a top-up of your chosen drink. Not that I think you have to neck the drinks to get your moneys worth, but it should be easy to get a refill if you’d like one. I’m not a huge bloody mary fan so I didn’t order it, but my friend mentioned the jugs were very inconsistent even though she always asked for the same level of spice.
You can’t deny that the interior is beautiful. I mean #greenupyourgaff goals right there. But I think because it’s such a beautiful location to photograph a brunch, the food may have been forgotten a little.
I have heard it’s much better in the week though. Probably because it’s less busy. So I’d like to go back to see. Has anyone else found the brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth a little disappointing?