Granger & Co

Restaurants , Brasseries Clerkenwell
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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.

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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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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Matt D
Tastemaker

You could say Granger is a hidden gem, purely due to the fact that it's so damn hard to find. I used to live in the Clerkenwell area and hadn't heard of it until I got a new job on the green and was sent on a coffee run ... a lot of soya lattés later and me and Granger have become firm friends, me and the coffee have anyways.


Only the once have I eaten there, a breaded chicken sandwich type thing was the order of that day and from one chicken lover to another (provided whoever is reading this right this second is a chicken lover) it was damn good. Though would I have chosen it over a KFC ... I gotta say, no I wouldn't.


And I think that's where Granger is a bit funny, the food is inventive and new and tasty and kind of like everything you wanna have that's bad for you but slightly on this occasion is slightly better ... but then why would you crave something and then have something that's kinda like it minus the reason you're having it.

Put a zinger stacker next to the chicken sandwich and I'm zinger 100% of the time ... I'm no culinary whizz and my pallet is not exactly refined but I'm no commoner when it comes to food and I think the fault is that maybe somethings are left fast food and off the menu, so they should stick with their fancy shrimp burgers and aussie salads.


One other small gripe is the juices, they are all quite expensive and very small.


Maybe my judgement is clouded by a hankering for KFC right at this moment in time, or maybe I'm just wrong - it's happened before. But my advice is have the coffee and I hear very good things about brunch, if you're that way inclined; which let's face it, you are!

Lizzie W
Tastemaker

A lovely open space with plenty of room surrounding your table so you don't feel claustrophobic.
A varied menu - pizzettas, small plates (varying from fried chicken to squid or flatbread), bowls and grains, bbq (slow cooked rib, sticky pork belly) and big plates (fish curry, braised lamb).
Each section has several things I want to try so I'll definitely have to cone back but I still don't quite get the 'theme' of the restaurant - saying that maybe it doesn't matter as the whole menu looks delicious and does seem to work.
Good selection of wine and cocktails. Went for a £24 bottle of red which was delicious and went perfectly with the pork belly and lamb ragu we had for main. Recommend both mains along with the lamb pizzetta we shared to start.
We were so full so didn't get dessert however there were some rich beautiful sounding desserts along with nibbles such and choco with pistachio which would be great with coffee.
As well as a fab dinner menu I am dying to try their brunch menu!

Laura G
Tastemaker

I was very excited to try famous Australian TV presenter Bill Granger’s London venue, well known for being a brilliant choice for brunch. With stars such as the banana and ricotta pancakes, and a mouth watering selection of cakes, the savory food doesn’t fall behind. Always with a hinch of freshness combined with a bit of decadence. The decor brings you to a warm summer day, and the only thing that might fall a little behind is service, that could be a little more attentive as the house does get very busy. Expect a qeue, or go off peak hours.

Lisa S

BEST BRUNCH EVER! Beautiful surroundings. And recommend the shrimp burger with the green beans, if you want to indulge but feel a little virtuous still. Would eat there every day if I could.

Sarah G
Staff Writer

Some of the best food in the area – not to mention some of the most inventive. The shrimp burger with jalapeño mayo is a must-try – and so is the Korean chicken. The space is light and airy, the staff are professional but friendly, and it's not too noisy. Pretty much the ideal local, for brunch or dinner.

writtenbyfitton

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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