Insta-worthy interiors, delicious food and bottomless Bellinis make Bourne & Hollingsworth the ideal Sunday brunch spot.
Brunch at Bourne and Hollingsworth had been on my list for ages so when my friend Natasha suggested we meet there for a catch-up a few weeks ago I was really excited; scouring the menu a week in advance to decide what to order.
One of the first things I look at on any brunch menu is the drinks section which I think is a hangover from my obsession with brunch in Dubai. Bourne and Hollingsworth offer bottomless seasonal Bellinis, Bloody Mary and Fizz. We both opted for Bellinis, and I did anticipate just having the one as it was a Sunday but they were just so good that I thought for the price of two I might as well make it bottomless and have three… Bourne and Hollingsworth change their mixers depending on what is in season so this was apple and pear and really subtle and beautiful.
We got a bit excited and ordered three main courses and two sides…
I went for Huevos Benidictios: poached eggs on an English muffin with avocado, chorizo, bearnaise sauce and pico de gallo. This was an interesting choice for me because I really hate poached eggs but everything else sounded so good I couldn’t resist. I asked for the eggs to be a little over so they weren’t super runny – sacrilege to those who love poached eggs, I know – and managed to eat most of the egg white. The muffin with the avocado, chorizo, pico de gallo and sauce was really beautiful. I’d make this at home without the eggs for sure.
Natasha had the veggie breakfast with scrambled egg and a side of bacon and it looked delicious. The hash brown looks like the stuff dreams are made of.
Finally we ordered the banana and coconut pancakes for the table and whilst they were really nice I do question whether or not they were banana and coconut because they tasted just like any other pancake you’d get at a breakfast or brunch place. They were nice but not what we were expecting and having been told they were the standout dish by friends who had been before I felt a little let down. Don’t get me wrong they were good: fluffy and soft, not too sweet and the cream and berries worked really well, but I was expecting banana and coconut and didn’t get it. I’d still order them again though.
While Natasha went for a side of bacon for her veggie breakfast I couldn’t resist a side of chorizo and I’m really glad I didn’t. Bitesize pieces of beautifully cooked and spiced chorizo is always a winner and I added these to my eggs to have extra chorizo – I’d recommend you do the same!
All in all, a good brunch for a Sunday. The building is beautiful and the interiors are made for instagram with the white walls, marble tables and beautiful upholstery. The service is good and just attentive enough; the waiting staff are great at replenishing glasses when you’re ordering bottomless drinks which is usually a chore in most other restaurants.
What I also loved is it’s a great venue for larger groups, for a birthday brunch for example, and doesn’t feel remotely crowded and it has a really good atmosphere with a mixture of large and smaller groups.
I think we paid £35 each or thereabouts including service which I think is good value given the quality of the food and drinks and also, the excellent coffee which really does deserve a shout out of its own!
Have you been to brunch at Bourne and Hollingsworth? Where are your favourite brunch spots?