One of the things we’re constantly told in life, among many, many others is that we should never skip breakfast. Heeding that advice, well, sort of, I visited the Alchemist for brunch.
I’d actually never been for brunch before in my life, something which I feel rather shameful for. It was always something that the cool people did, and post on their Insta. It isn’t that I’m not a morning person because I’m up at crack o’clock, I guess it is just that I have taken the opportunity to go for brunch.
To start my brunch I ordered a tea. Feeling somewhat sophisticated, and also at a loss because there was no option of a fruit tea, I chose a Rooibos tea. I’d heard of it, and I’ve seen people drink it so I thought why not. It came in a measuring jug topped with a good dose of theatrics, smoking its way to our table. As I found out very swiftly Rooibos is not at all to my taste. I’m happy to have at least tried it, but it would be nice to see a fruit tea option when I next visit.
For my first ever brunch I could choose nothing other than the Smashed Avocado and Poached eggs served on toasted the bread, with added bacon. I opted for this because all the cool people have avocado on toast and I did rather fancy poached eggs too. The dish was presented very well and thoroughly enjoyable. I let the egg yolk run into the avocado and ate it with the perfectly crisp bacon. It wasn’t too heavy, and was delightful as a start to the day, even though I might not consider to combine these ingredients they worked rather well.
I would have rather not have had the chopped chillies, I’m not really a lover of spice, and there was no mention of them on the menu. They made their way into a little pile in the corner of my plate. Otherwise the meal was absolutely delicious and everything I had hoped for from my brunch. I think if the mood strikes me I would very much like to try and recreate this one day at home (sans chillies). I’ll admit too, that rather naughtily I ordered a side of hash browns, treating myself to a little extra indulgence.
My dining partner had large waffles, drizzled with syrup and topped with fluffy scrambled eggs. I must admit I was a little envious of her as the waffles did look rather yummy.
I was actually surprised, (though secretly also pleased) when the waitress brought across the dessert menu. I had heard my dining partner gush about this dessert since our first visit to The Alchemist back in summer, and having not tried it when we visited for my birthday I felt it was probably time that I should try the Sticky Toffee Pudding. It completely lived up to the hype in every way.
In total our brunch catch-up came to £40.40, which included three drinks, two brunch dishes and a dessert each. I know there are cheaper breakfast options out there, having recently also had the ‘experience’ of trying a McDonalds ‘breakfast’ for the first time as well. I would argue though for what we got it wasn’t bad value, with The Alchemist I do know that you’re paying for the prestige of it all.
I thoroughly enjoyed brunch, I can see the allure of having something nicer than a greasy fry up for breakfast. Adults go for brunch, and the whole experience made me feel rather mature, and like I had my life together, (reality: I don’t). I can’t really make a habit of going for brunch too often though, but I know if I do The Alchemist will be up there in the list.