Percy & Founders, Goodge Street
Percy & Founders promises all day dining and all day dining it certainly delivers. Looks-wise, it’s a bit like a jenga puzzle: from the outside, it looks like it could be an All Bar One given that it is located on the ground floor of a modern apartment block, but once inside you feel like you’ve entered the lobby of a lovely new hotel as it’s all pieces of mismatched art, wooden floors, mirrors and huge vases of flowers. The Dining Bar is directly in front of you as you walk in and the slightly more glamorous looking Cocktail Lounge and bar is on your left. On the other side, there’s the Reading Room and Chapel Room dining rooms with plenty of tables including a very large banquet table laid out beautifully, perfect for a wedding remarked my date (yikes, steady on! It’s only our second date mate) and lots of comfy seating and nice lighting. Percy & Founders was in fact built on the former site of the Middlesex Hospital, and the old Chapel (now deconsecrated) remains in situ and can be viewed from the Chapel Room – a real thing of beauty.
Ex-Murano Head Chef, Diego Cardoso is in charge of the kitchen here at Percy & Founders so foodie credentials are good. They are serving a new bottomless brunch (£16pp) which offers unlimited prosecco and bloody mary for two hours as well as all your favourite eggs and coffee and so on – what’s not to like? Sunday roasts are served from midday and are reliably good thus taking the pain out of deciding where to have that Sunday brunch/lunch date. Puddings are distinctly delicious so consider the crepe souffle highly recommended.
If bru-lunching, head for the Wallace Collection post-nosh to gaze at Old Masters’ paintings.
Working late on an urgent brief in Fitzrovia? Like this guy/girl? Nonchalantly suggest a debrief over a late supper at Percy & Founders (kitchen closes at 10 o’clock so time it juuuust right so you look like a hero) and swiftly order a bottle of wine to go with. Eat for your mood but do have a dessert if you can. It’s worth it. After supper, repair to the lounge for a digestif or cocktail and quite possibly a hand on arm/leg situation.
For special occasions there’s Percy’s Den, which is a swish private dining space below deck, kitted out with lots of the latest technological gadgets i.e. a ginormous telly and a banging sound system. Bespoke menus have been designed for your dining pleasure.
It’s no destination date, save perhaps in the case of Percy’s Den, but it certainly does the job.
3. In the world of Uber, London is your Oyster and the drinks list is bob on so I’d say a solid three.
PS. The toilets are nice so check fly/reapply make-up within.