Review: GBR’s Bottomless Brunch

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Steph Theodosiou tries GBR’s bottomless brunch for a Prosecco-filled feast 

It was midday on a sunny Saturday as I wove my way through the crowds of tourists at Green Park to get to my desired destination: GBR’s Bottomless Brunch at the 5-star luxury hotel in St James, Mayfair, Dukes London.

Slipping through an inconspicuous side alleyway nestled between two giant buildings on the park’s edge, I was instantly transported into the serenity that lies hidden just one street away from the hustle and bustle. I entered via the lovely courtyard of Dukes London’s main entrance and was immediately impressed.

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The hotel’s resident restaurant (which stands for Great British Restaurant), recently opened in May this year and has a strikingly beautiful interior, including sleek silver banquettes, super comfy velvet chairs, a shiny copper bar and a semi-private dining area for up to 12 people. Perfect for the incoming winter weather, it also offers its own crackling fireplace and wine display – ideal for staying cosy on chilly days.

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Head chef Nigel Mendham’s menu focuses on offering the finest traditional and contemporary British dishes. The Bottomless Prosecco Brunch is a new addition to the weekend menu, and consists of a wide range of choices, comprised of two different menus.

Whilst pondering the expansive menu, our Bottomless Prosecco experience began. Priced at an additional £15 per person for two hours of free-flowing bubbles, the staff certainly provide you with enough Prosecco to make it worthwhile. They are excellent: professional with the perfect amount of attentiveness and chattiness without being overbearing. Our glasses were constantly subtly refilled through the entire brunch.

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With tempting brunching delights such as Sausage & Fried Egg Brioche Bap and Waffles with Caramelised Banana & Sticky Toffee Walnuts available, we decided to share the Smashed Avocado Toast with Duck Egg & Chilli Pepper and the Duck Liver Parfait with Yorkshire Pudding from Menu 1, and the Brunch Box (Menu 2), which is made up of a Bircher Muesli, Scotch Egg, Waffles with Maple Syrup and Eggs Benedict. We also threw in a French Toast with Sweet Cured Bacon & Maple Syrup (Menu 1) for good measure.

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While the portion sizes seem perhaps not as big in comparison to other brunch locations, everything at GBR is cooked to perfection and is fully satisfying. I would, however, recommend ordering items from Menu 1 rather than the Brunch Box; the Smashed Avocado Toast, Duck Liver Parfait and French Toast was particularly delicious

After the first round of food was devoured, we also treated ourselves to the English Strawberries and Raspberry Trifle desserts for an added touch (or table) of sweetness.

An afternoon of fabulous food and a lot of Prosecco later, we left feeling full, very merry and already eager to return!

Make it happen
When: Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm
Price. £24.50 per person. Add two hours of free-flowing bubbles for £15 per person.
Where: Dukes London, 35 St. James’s Place London SW1A 1NY

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