It’s not often that you will find me up and raring to go out for Sunday brunch (too busy snoozing), but these days, it’s about the only time I manage to tempt Alex out of the studio. He’s got a few TV deadlines, so has been working pretty hard and I haven’t seen much of him… However, if you offer the man food, he’ll always take a bit of time out!
The Lido Cafe, in London’s Brockwell Park, has been on my to do list for some time and we finally got round to popping in this morning. I had extremely high hopes for this Sunday brunch, after reading many reviews and seeing that Time Out had given it the award of Best Park cafe 2011 as well as a 2009 five star review. A lot can change over time, so I was curious as to whether or not it would live up to all the praise.
The Cafe is set overlooking the pool and is exceptionally light due to the many floor to ceiling windows. It’s a tastefully decorated 1930’s building and has plenty of space in between the tables – There’s no sitting on top of each other in this place, which is an extremely influential factor for me at anytime, least not on a Sunday morning!
It’s probably best to book a table if you have a set time in mind, as there were constant stream of people arriving during the hour that we were there. I imagine it gets a lot busier in the warmer months when the pool is open.
Alex and I both ordered Eggs Benedict. The dish was quite a lot better than the one at The Malmaison over Christmas, but alas my eggs were still a little too much on the cold side for my liking. The portion size was good however and the ham was pretty tasty.
Unfortunately, they were a little tight on the hollandaise on Alex’s plate, but luckily he doesn’t like things drowning in sauce, unlike myself!
I ordered Jasmine tea and Alex had a flat white. Both were good, but arrived at the table when were were halfway through demolishing our Eggs Benedict. My Tea also arrived with the leaves in a separate strainer, so I had even longer to wait before I could drink it.
Okay, so this is not what we expected when we ordered the Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup. Firstly, not that attractive on the plate – Maybe a pile would have been nicer. They were also totally drowned in maple syrup and crispy on the edges. I feel it needs a bit of work for the £5 something price tag.
Overall, I’d have to say that my Sunday brunch was good, but not great. The cafe has a lovely atmosphere with friendly service and I love the location. It cost us £24 in total and we left pretty stuffed, but not totally satisfied. The Lido Cafe has a lunch and dinner menu and I’d actually like to go back and give those a go. I don’t feel you should ever judge a place by it’s morning menu!
I give this Sunday brunch 3.5 / 5
Do you have any good London brunch recommendations? Or do you eat somewhere pretty special outside London?