Cookbook Cafe Brunch

Brunch is my favourite meal! This is mainly because I’m greedy when it comes to food and I’m not ashamed to admit it! There is no other meal where it’s fully acceptable to eat plate after plate of as many different types of food as possible whilst guzzling unlimited prosecco. Nobody judges you, because they’re all too busy wondering what to eat next. 

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Brunch has become popular in London, with pretty much every restaurant and hotel offering an unlimited style brunch option. 

My friends and I are slowly making our way through the different brunch spots in London, the latest one being the Cookbook Cafe. Frankly, it’s my ideal way to spend my afternoon. Eating as much as I can, drinking lots and lots of prosecco and having a natter with the girls. 

Cookbook cafe is located within the Intercontinental Hotel. The weekend brunch offers unlimited prosecco or bellinis (soft drinks/tea/coffee included too), and unlimited food from 4 different tables. 

The breakfast and starter table was what I was most excited about visiting. Serving fresh pancakes, waffles or eggs benedict/royale. I ordered a pancake and waited for the chef to prepare it fresh for me, before drowning it in chocolate sauce, maple syrup, clotted cream and chocolate popping candy. “Why not” was what I said to myself whilst sprinkling them onto the pancake. If there’s popping candy on offer, why bloody not!

After my pancake was well and truly demolished, I returned to the buffet and loaded my plate with food from the cold market table. 

Ham, salmon, prawns, salad and my absolute favourite…sashimi of salmon and tuna. I’m addicted to salmon sashimi with wasabi and soy sauce and could genuinely eat it all day long. Yummmmm!

After making countless trips back up to the buffet and eating my body weight in sashimi, I completely forgot that there were still two courses to go! Before I had a chance to prepare, the most beautifully cooked steak was placed in front of me. I love my steak rare, so as you can see from the photo below, it was cooked perfectly for me. 

Plates of cooked salmon also arrived, along with bowls of rice. 

We decided to take a break before moving onto dessert, to catch up on all the prosecco that had been poured whilst we were busy eating! 

After initially thinking I was too full for dessert, after half an hour I was ready to tuck into the goodies laid out on the sweet table. 

The choices looked almost too good to eat! Raspberry creme brûlée, chocolate cheesecake, lemon tart, fruit salad, coffee profiteroles, macaroons and bread and butter pudding. I could have eaten it all!

We left brunch feeling ridiculously full, slightly tipsy and in the mood for more cocktails so we jumped into a cab to take us to the Sanderson Hotel.

The Long Bar is located as soon as you step foot through the hotel doors, looking out to the terrace that holds the famous mat hatters afternoon tea. 

We perched ourselves onto the bar stools and ordered a different cocktail each. I opted for the Love & Rockets which is made from Beefeater gin, elderflower liqueur, strawberry, lemon and prosecco. Delicious!

If you’ve been to the Sanderson Hotel before, you’ll know about the chair that hangs from the ceiling. I thought what I’m guessing everyone thinks when they first see it: “that’ll make a lovely Instagram photo”, but unfortunately it wasn’t as easy to capture as it looks!! 

We left the hotel late afternoon and took a wander towards Oxford Street and popped into into a bar for another drink.

As we left All Bar One, this was when my camera was put into my bag for the rest of the evening! As you can imagine after a day of drinking prosecco, cocktails and wine, I think this was for the best! 

You can book a reservation at the Cookbook Cafe directly on their website here. I highly recommend if you share my love of food and prosecco!

If you have any recommendations for brunch in London, please let me know in the comments below so that I can add them to the list for my search for the best brunch in London!