Years ago, I worked in North Carolina as a Camp Leader for Camp America. I did it for three years and had around 180 teenagers in my charge at any one time. Let’s not think about that.
I was also responsible for the counsellors, who were looking after these teens. These counsellors were from all over the world, and included Lou from Brisbane Australia and Ami from London.
Anyway, they met on camp, they fell in love over a cook-out campfire and now they both live in Oz. And obviously this happy ending is ENTIRELY down to me.
(It’s not. But I can pretend.)
So, this very happy couple make a trip back to London every so often, to catch up with friends (me!) and family and because London is hamazing.
Lou and I managed to grab a coffee and have a natter at Elk in The Woods one evening, and all of us, including Ami’s brother and sister all went out for brunch one Friday morning…
The choosing of the eatery was my responsibility and I knew exactly where we’d be heading – Aussi chef Bill Granger’s Granger & Co.
Granger & Co reflects the sunny, easy-going and generous Australian spirit – when the first restaurant opened in Sydney, it quickly became known and loved for its legendary breakfasts, served at a communal table, where locals and travellers, families and friends, were welcomed.
Twenty years on, there are Granger & Cos in Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo, Honolulu and London… and we were headed to the one in Kings Cross, which is fairly new and right outside the station – so a very easy location for everyone to get to.
We ordered lots and LOTS of delicious things and impressively justified it to ourselves, as Ami and his brother would finish off anything we couldn’t manage. And why shouldn’t brunch have more than one course? And why can’t you have a pudding at breakfast time? Exactly.
We started with porridge (starter) progressed to eggs, sweetcorn fritters, avocado etc.. (main course) and then had ricotta hot cakes (pudding.) Completely acceptable. (Completely ridiculous – I only had a bit of each – the portions are enormous.)
No food was wasted (thank you, boys) every morsel was devoured and it was all utterly outstanding.
Suddenly the fire alarm went off and the staff (super calm and brilliant) ushered everyone outside the restaurant while they investigated. Luckily it had stopped raining, the sun was out and we had our coffees to keep us warm!
Five minutes later the coast was pronounced clear and we were back in our seats, warming up with more teas and coffees and discussing how many hotcakes Ami could ACTUALLY eat if he HAD to.
It was so good to catch up with these specials of mine, and in such a bright, sunny and delicious place too.
I believe Granger & Co serves up one of the best brunches in London and if Kings Cross doesn’t work for you, there are also branches in Notting Hill and Clerkenwell….
Go forth and brunch, team!
And get them hotcakes.
This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)