“Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life,” wrote A. A. Gill in his introduction to his book ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’.
He was a wise, wise man.
We always seem to visit for birthday breakfasts, gathered around a table with my nearest and dearest friends, all smiling and sipping coffees.
The Wolseley is a beautiful European restaurant located next to the Ritz Hotel. Designed by the architect William Curtis Green, it was constructed in 1921 as a car showroom for Wolseley Motors; the Grade II* listed building then served as a branch of Barclays Bank between 1927 and 1999.
On our first visit we had a disappointing breakfast (#rostigate)- missing the finesse that we had expected of such an established restaurant – but each and every visit afterwards has been lovely.
The atmosphere is always pleasant – a nice level of hubbub – and despite service being a little unresponsive at times we’ve always been allowed to spill over our allocated brunch time. This time was again a birthday celebration and we gathered for a catchup of chatter.
Somehow we usually seem to end up with the self same table (which pleases me no end), the round one immediately in front of the man doors which is perfect for people watching.
Laid out in Bacchanal brunch style, the table featured French toast with bacon and maple syrup (mine, and it was delectable), chalices of granola and yoghurt…
…pancakes drizzled with berries and creme fresh and an omelette a lone egg soldier.
The menu styling is Viennese in fashion, and we always agonise over selecting their delectable cakes or a more reasonable dish – so order a platter of of their breakfast pastries, featuring a pains au chocolate, canelé and plum crown ‘for the table’.
We spent our few hours transported by fork to Vienna (by way of America and France), before we had to go our separate ways. Back to our busy lives, back to real life.
Afterwards, we always take a turn in Green Park, ostensibly to work off a few calories, but in reality to spot the Parakeets that Jimi Hendriks released (according to urban legends.)
What is your favourite brunch dish?