We hit one of the best brunch spots around – for, strangely enough, a party.
You already know that Pont St. in Belgravia is is the spot for Afternoon Tea in London, but don’t forget about their special Retox Sunday brunch either. Perfect for when a heavy Saturday (or Friday) night has left you hungry and hungover, the Retox is designed to get you refreshed and ready to lounge around lazily for the rest of the day: what else is there to do on a Sunday? Well, on the first Sunday of every month the restaurant holds a brunch party with some serious talent on the decks (Gizzi Erskine was DJing when we went) – so there’s your answer. The parties happen alongside normal brunch service, but there’s nothing ordinairy about Pont St.: At most restaurants or cafes, brunch is a one dish affair. Not so here, where the kitchen – headed up by wunderkind executive chef Sophie Michell – serves up three course brunches to satisfy even the most bleary eyed and empty bellied customers: trust me, I’m one of them.
We kicked things off with goats cheese, basil and cherry tomato fritatas that were done to a turn – I was left wanting more but hey, it’s a starter! Then came a salmon and brown rice Kedgeree, something of a lost favourite in this day and age, so it’s always vindicating to see it crop up at hotspots like Pont St.. Besides, how many more egg Benedicts do you really want? As a pudding enthusiast, you can imagine my delight at seeing mini banana bourboun sundays and doughnut balls filled with sea salt caramel on a brunch menu; things got more delightful still when those little sundays found their way to the table. Feeling thirsty after all that? Try several mimosas (worth the insta-headache) or that famous hangover ‘cure’ of three Bloody Mary’s. Okay, so Pont St. are probably playing a little fast and loose with the name Retox, but who wants superfoods and a cold press for Sunday brunch anyway?
Upcoming Brunch Parties and DJs at Pont St.:
13th March – Collyer Twins
3rd April – Malin Linnea Cronholm
1st May – Josh Parkinson