Granger and Co., Westbourne Grove

Ladies wot brunch.
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The Vibe

All day dining is a concept beloved by Londoners, the opportunity to enter a restaurant at any given time of the day or night and satiate your hunger, be it eggs at midnight or cocktails at dawn. Granger and Co is a light, airy and very modern Westbourne Grove joint which serves food from 7am to 11pm but triumphs with its weekend brunch, attracting round the block queues. Unless you get there for 9am, expect to queue in the street for around  45 mins, albeit in a fabulous area alongside MiuMiu-clad customers.  If you can’t get a table, perching at the high top marble bar is just as enjoyable, giving you a slight advantage on the cocktail/coffee ordering process.

The Order

Run by Australian restaurateur and food writer Bill Granger, the brunch menu extols health and virtue, with its clean white and blue lines promising antioxidant-rich avocado on rye* and granola offerings. Its does, however, include a gratifying spread of creative and indulgent dishes, from the sweetcorn fritters to the ricotta honeycakes and full Aussie breakfast. The lashings of Veuve Cliquot and Belvedere vodka in the drinks also confirm my suspicion that this is the place for impeccable and svelte West Londoners to enjoy their ‘cheat day’  and dates to bring a partner who they suspect may be a little out of their league. It’s essentially brunch, just swankier.

The Game

If you’ve suggested this joint, come 30 minutes earlier than you planned, ensuring that you’ve made healthy headway in the queue by the time they’ve arrived. Look well rested and clean, but don’t overdress, it’s still just breakfast. Order a couple of mimosas without consultation, then peruse the menu and ask to hear stories about their weekend; pry for details and try and fain some interest in the particularities of whatever club/bar/houseparty they were at. After the cocktail, move on to coffee to show a level of control (even if on a hangover) and stay no longer than 90 minutes to avoid getting dozy. Leave the restaurant, suggest a walk down Ledbury Road, hold hands as you stroll and window shop at Maje. Meander to the tube, have a lingering kiss at the entrance, wish them a good week and part ways.

The Faults

The queues can be a buzz kill, especially if feeling less than perky.

Sex Factor

1. It’s brunch and it’s classy, so you will have either already done the deal or be more focussed on enjoying their company and the fantastic food.

[Photo by Mikkel Vang]

 

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