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Clerkenwell

Bill Granger’s first restaurant in the UK – no relation to the confusingly-titled Bill’s – opened in Westbourne Grove in 2011 to mixed reviews.  This second branch has been better received, not least because they accept bookings, making getting a table less of a lottery and avoiding the need to queue. The large dining room is spacious and bright, with verdant views over a churchyard. The  brunch and lunch menu are particularly popular, and the ricotta-filled hotcakes (ie US-style pancakes) with banana and honeycomb butter might just be the best brunch dish in London.

Other dishes worth ordering are the Korean fried chicken, which is crisp and goes well in a lettuce leaf wrap with a chilli dip. Appetisers are fun too, such as a dip of whipped tofu and avocado served with a radishes and flax and chia crackers. Least successful was cardboard-like tacos filled with braised lentils, as both the flatbread and the pulses were too dry. There’s a small selection of cakes on display at a counter, including an Aussie-style rocky road cake.

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Granger & Co says
Every Bill Granger restaurant reflects the spirit we like to think of as 'Australian': sunny, easy-going and generous. Bill opened his first restaurant in Sydney's Darlinghurst at the age of 24. It soon became famous for the best scrambled eggs and hotcakes in town, served at the now much-copied communal table, where locals and travellers, families and celebrities thrived on the unique atmosphere.

Twenty years later, Bill's relaxed, friendly and oh-so-Australian approach to dining has become truly global. His infectious joy in good, fresh food offers a genuinely warm welcome to everyone, from Seoul to Honolulu, from London to Tokyo - business suits and swimsuits, prams and backpacks, high chairs and comfy chairs...
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Venue name: Granger & Co
Contact:
Address: 50 Sekforde Street
London
EC1R 0HA
Opening hours: 8am-11pm Mon-Fri, 9am-11pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube/rail: Farringdon

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jael
Staff Writer

Ever since having my first ricotta hotcake at Bill Granger’s original Café in Sydney, I have been back for more!

At the moment, I like this branch for weekend brunches, as Clerkenwell on a Saturday morning is such a tranquil world compared to the rest of Central London. It’s therefore easy to get a table in the bright and modern interior decorated space (which always features great flower arrangements too!). If I have more of an appetite, I order the chia seed pudding as well as the ricotta hotcakes. This may sounds like a sweetness overload but the dairy-free coconut yoghurt soaked chia seeds and fresh berry combination makes a nice refreshing dessert – or starter.

writtenbyfitton
TastemakerSpammer

This Clerkenwell restaurant is the epitome of the phrase 'bright and breezy' - the windows are floor-to-ceiling, flooding it with light and making it a fabulous brunch spot.  I went for a birthday brunch and we enjoyed Bloody Mary's, avocado espresso frappés and big breakfasts - really good food and I love the décor.  Good service.  Full details and lots of pictures on my blog here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/12/granger-and-co-australian-clerkenwell

- Nina
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