Like most things recently, my monthly brunch club had fallen by the wayside due to my increasingly busy schedule. I hated not having time to catch up with my friends so I was hugely thankful when Tom stepped in and suggested that we meet up at Granger & Co. Always up for eating somewhere new, I happily booked a table at the Clerkenwell branch of Australian Bill Granger’s restaurant.
After a busy (and very frustrating) cycle along Regents Canal, I turned up to the white and glass corner building in much need of a drink. Locking up my bike against one of the rustic railings outside the grave yard opposite, I entered the huge glass doors and the realisation hit that I had made an entirely inappropriate outfit choice.
Granger & Co had pristine, glossy surroundings which were highlighted with the light pouring in from huge glass windows, I on the other hand looked far from fancy, sweaty (hot I know), bandana thrown over my dirty hair, fishnets and faded dungarees – I would have fitted in better in the adjacent graveyard. Despite me feeling out of place the staff did not seem concerned, gave us a warm welcome and seated us at a long table.
Meeting for ‘brunch’ as late as 2.30 is always a stretch for me and my friends so our group turned up in dribs and drabs over the next half hour. Which once again our server did not even raise an eye brow at.
Each one of Bill Granger’s restaurants are different in style but try to capture the same spirit, which is an ‘Australian’: sunny, easy-going and generous attitude, which was well represented by the staff who made us feel completely at ease.
The menu offered up a huge variety of baked goods, Bill’s Classic’s which were brunch staples but with a unique twist and Big Plates for those who are extra hungry. Since we had a little while to wait I thought I would satisfy my hunger and be healthy by having a Bill’s Greens – a cold pressed juice of green apple, cucumber, ginger, silver beet, chia & coconut water, which was exactly the sort of refreshment I needed after such a stressful cycle.
Having settled down, and with everyone now seated, it was time to order. I selected the courgette fritters, deep fried egg, halloumi, tahini yoghurt & parsley salad. I settled on this big plate mainly as I was intrigued by the egg because I am Scottish and stereotypically like to deep fry everything we eat.
The dish was an exciting way to start the day with a huge variety of textures and flavours.
If you prefer a more traditional start to the day ‘The Full Aussie”, made up of scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, bacon, cumin roast tomato, miso chestnut mushrooms, chipolatas also seemed to go down an absolute treat with Pablo.
I am not a desert person but the rest of the table simple couldn’t resist sampling some of the freshly baked treats that enticed us on entry.
Another highlight for some of the table was Bill’s spiced Bloody Mary with clamato, wasabi, lime & coriander. Not my thing at all, but such a huge hit with our friend Tom who ended up knocking back a few over the course of the meal, which I am sure he regretted once the bill arrived.
Granger & Co was a brilliant place for a classy brunch with a warm attitude, even if you do accidentally turn up looking like a Guns ‘n’ Roses groupie.
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Granger & Co
50 Sekforde Street
0207 251 9032