Jay Rayner doesn’t like this place. He called it “an evolutionary dead end”.
But, sometimes of a morning, you just don’t want a fuss. I’ve been into Percy and Founders a few times – entirely intentionally and pre-planned – but this time we had fallen afoul of our booked restaurant not actually doing brunch and found ourselves a few streets away.
So, starved of caffeine and thirsting for sustenance, we strolled through the modern development of Pearson Square and bagged a free table.
Modern, quirky and clean cut are the words that really define Percy and Founders – the menu is a good size and variety, the staff are always lovely and it’s a great place to take just about anyone. Colleagues, family, friends or maybe even your pre-wedding party like a group of beautifully dressed people who gathered whilst we were there. They were waiting to go into the gorgeous Fitzrovia Chapel next door, all dressed to the nines whilst we enjoyed the fashion parade.
Fancying something hearty (and not quite realising just how hearty it would be) on the third round of queries from our giggling waitress I ordered the Braised rib & smoked cheddar toastie (smeared with mustard mayo) skin-on-fries and very lightly pickled vegetables.
And it was good. Despite not being a fan of crusty bread, once I’d deconstructed my doorstopper of a breakfast and shared my fries it vanished in a crunch of nibbles. The piquancy of the crisp vegetables really cut through the buttery richness of the melted cheese.
Across the table, my date enjoyed her Devon crab Benedict with lime hollandaise & flaked chillies – the crab delicately dressed. They also serve a delectable vanilla French toast with almonds, crème fraîche & fresh berries that I would have been sorely tempted for bressert but simply couldn’t pick over my braised rib.
It was good – and the trip downstairs to the bathroom and past the art always makes for an interesting, surreal journey…
Jay Rayner did get one thing right – we normally ask for this table:
“My advice is to… eat at a table close to the internal arched window that looks into the glorious interior of John Loughborough Pearson’s old hospital chapel. It’s a riot of Italian gothic with a touch of Romanesque, and the only remaining part of the Middlesex Hospital that was demolished to make way for the development of which this restaurant is a part.”
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But alas this time I couldn’t get a photo as the table was occupied. How about a collared dog instead?
Oh, and every time we’ve visited, we’ve never been hustled off our table but allowed to linger which always makes me happy. Is it worth a repeat visit? Definitely. The food like the decor is modern British/European and it was just the ticket on a frustrated Saturday morning.
Have you been to a critically reviewed restaurant and disagree with the prognosis?