It’s probably no secret to readers of this blog that I love brunch. So when a new place opens that might provide a brunch destination I’m all over it. East Avenue Bakehouse opened on Bold Street a couple of weeks ago (on International Women’s Day to be precise, for this is a women-led venture!) and I’ve been keen to get in there ever since, so this Saturday I took a trip with Kate for a mid-afternoon lunch.
First, we tried the bread board. This was a perfect starter for our first trip, as you get to try all of the loaves with some delicious dips. The garlic and basil was perfect, the tomato and garlic was light and delicious, but the real star for me was that big pan of balsamic and olive oil. It’s a classic combination but this was a really sweet balsamic, which I loved, and plenty of it – no scrimping here. Tearing off hunks of bread to squidge them into delicious oil is pretty much the best meal money can buy.
All of the breads were delicious but we went particularly doughy-eyed over the chia seed (the yellow seeded one in the middle). I’ll definitely be picking up a whole loaf sometime soon.
Having already started the day with an early (ish) breakfast at Leaf, I moved onto a lunchy option of Rarebit with leeks. This was an ideal cheesy treat for a cold day, and they hadn’t shied away from the mustard, which I greatly appreciated.
Kate tried a Bakehouse Benny and a homemade Scotch Egg, which came with a great chutney that I promptly stole and gobbled up. Then we moved onto pudding, both opting for a scone (and the usual debate over pronunciation, obvs). This came with raspberry jam and clotted cream, as you would expect, as well as superb homemade lemon curd, which was a lovely surprise!
We washed all of this down with tea, apple and elderflower cordial and orange San Pellegrino. As I said to Kate, I think you can judge a lot about a place based on their non-alcoholic beverage offer, and East Avenue ticked all the boxes for a lazy afternoon. Just look at those straws!
What’s really exciting about East Avenue Bakehouse is that whilst we tried some of their Small Plates at lunchtime, they also have a perfectly formed Breakfast and Brunch menu as well as Large Plates served in the evening, so there’s plenty more to try. Whilst we were there we got a good look at the salads (including an incredible looking panzanella) and other cakes, which are certainly top of my list to get on my next visit (did someone say Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Blondie?!). With a lovely menu, lovely surroundings and, most importantly, brilliant bread, East Avenue Bakehouse is certainly worth a trip and I’ll be looking forward to more from them over the coming months!