Murray Blake

London food and coffee writer

The Breakfast Club

12-16 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
020 7078 9633
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The Breakfast Club has been one of London’s hottest brunch spots for many years – they have five branches and you can guarantee a long weekend queue at every one of them.  After a disappointing morning at the highly commercial London Coffee Festival I thought I would cheer myself up with a nice filling brunch.   We arrived at the Spitalfields branch (which is a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street) at around 1pm and the queue was already about 30 people long and we waited for around 40 minutes before finally being seated.

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The menu is made up of hearty brunch food, with a range of traditional fry ups straying into Mexican breakfast food like a chorizo and egg burrito; they also serve a range of sweet and savoury pancakes and lots of egg dishes including benedict, florentine and royale.  Portions are large and good value – nothing on the menu is over £10.  I enjoy dishes that mix salt and sweetness, so I opted for the All-American which combined pancakes with bacon, sausage, fried potatoes and a poached egg.  The sausage was reasonable and made with decent quality meat; the poached eggs were nicely runny and free range (though I don’t think organic).  However, the rest of the dish was a severe disappointment – the potatoes were dry, dull and I think had been prepared much earlier in the day (or possibly the previous day) and the pancakes tasted like they had been made from a packet mix.  It was not a patch on the diner breakfasts I have eaten in America.

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On a positive note, the service was attentive and friendly – very impressive given the volume of covers they are turning over every day.  I also enjoyed my bloody Mary which would be a perfect hangover cure.

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Verdict: 3/10 over-hyped and not worth the wait – head to Caravan King’s Cross for brunch instead.

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London food blogger.

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