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Sunday Brunch at the Henrietta Hotel, Covent Garden

There’s always lots to divert one in Covent Garden. SEEN and her guest enjoyed a great comedy stilt-walker comedian in the Piazza two Sundays ago, then wandered down Henrietta Street to the Hotel, there to sample the Brunch menu by Ollie Dabbous. Though you’re in the heart of busy London, you have no sense of it as you sit down. Above you is a skylight window that lets in the light, showing off the white walls and understated art to good advantage. The staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable about the menu, always a plus. Through it’s a small space, there were plenty of tables and comfortable chairs catering for couples and family groups. SEEN was delighted to see children and babies were made welcome. This might be fine dining but there’s no need to be stuffy about it.

We ordered still water and juices to drink (refreshing apple and ginger). SEEN and guest weren’t nursing hangovers but these were real zingers. To start we ordered aubergine flatbread to share, which was very sweet and delicious. I decide on duck egg on toast with wild mushrooms and garlic butter, while my guest went for the Josper grilled Cornish mussels. The portions are thankfully not huge, so we ordered rather nice fried agria potatoes with our mains, and a nice cabbage side. It was, as you would expect, hearty and filling.

The dessert was an absolute stormer: Madeleines with chantilly cream. Honestly, we thought we’d died and gone to heaven! No wonder Proust wrote about them. SEEN will be recalling them for months to come to anyone who’ll listen. So, we had a nice relaxed time. The food is all cooked from fresh but it was no hardship to wait. We admired the cute baby at the next table and chatted to the friendly staff. SEEN will be visiting again just for the Madeleines.

14 – 15 Henrietta Street