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The Brunch Diaries: Granger & Co, Clerkenwell

I’d promised Joanna we’d go for brunch on Saturday morning and had planned for the Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings to be our destination of choice but I didn’t realise just how popular a place it was and when we arrived they were fully booked and so could not take any walk ins! Luckily the staff were very helpful and able to point us in the direction of Granger & Co just a ten minute walk away. Thanks guys, we’ll be back to sample your bottomless bellinis soon this time WITH a reservation!

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So was Granger & Co a disappointment given that it was only the back up plan? Hell no. It was really busy and they still managed to squeeze us in which we were very grateful for. The whole place is bright and airy with high ceilings and lots of natural light. As it was a Saturday morning it was buzzing with brunchers and it was difficult to decide what to have as we watched pretty much every item menu whizz past us on its way to its lucky orderer.

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I was quite tempted by the full aussie (owner Bill Granger is Australian and this is an influence in both the service and the menu) but went for the lighter toasted rye with avocado, lime & coriander topped with a poached egg while Joanna had the fresh aussie; tea smoked salmon, poached eggs, greens, avocado & cherry tomatoes.

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I was pleased to see that there was a LOT of avocado on my plate, at least a half of one, and my poached egg was perfectly cooked but I do wish I’d gone for a two eggs instead of just the one. I also tasted a bit of the tea smoked salmon which was nice with just a subtle hint of the tea flavour. We also both went for a glass of elderflower cordial which was just perfect for washing down our breakfast with. Sadly we didn’t have time to sample any of the lovely cakes we had on display but that’s just a fab reason to return!

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I think my only complaint would be the price (in particular the drinks) as I didn’t think you got a lot of food for your money, £2 for an extra poached egg for example, but I don’t know this area well enough to know if this is about average. Regardless it was a wonderful dining experience and I’d definitely return for the right occasion!

Granger & Co
50 Sekforde Street
Clerkenwell
London
EC1R 0HA
UK

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