Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
Time Out says
From the outside, this black-painted building looks rather severe, but step inside and suddenly you’re in a bright and airy space that feels more like colonial-era Delhi than modern-day Clerkenwell with its luxuriant greenery, rattan furniture and clubby vibe. However, there’s nothing Raj-esque about a menu that runs from drop scones, cheeseburgers and huevos benedictos (chorizo, avocado, béarnaise sauce) at brunch-time to upbeat brasserie-style dishes for lunch and dinner. Kick off with beef croquettes with sriracha mayo or asparagus with a crispy poached duck egg and béarnaise sauce ahead of braised beef in red wine with fondant potato and greens or salmon fillet with miso broth and wilted vegetables. There are pastas and steaks too, plus desserts such as dark chocolate mousse with lavender and honeycomb. Cocktails are the big hits at the adjoining bar.
42 Northampton Rd
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3.9 / 5
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Cheap unlimited Bloody Mary's & Bellini's. However, if you like good food, I wouldn't recommend this place. The food was virtually tasteless.
Good place to go for brunch. Decor is nice. Definitely had a better experience the first time I went there, but I would go back again.
At any time of day, a trip to B&H is a treat. On sunny summer days the opulent decor makes you feel like a classy Victorian, with a really airy and open feel to it. The brunch is great, with a nice few twists on the classics (hello, chorizo eggs benedict) Breakfast cocktails make this an even more relaxing atmosphere, and the unlimited options are good value.
The bar also comes into its own in the evenings, with the lights turned down low and the party getting more sexy vibes. They run a series of cocktail evenings, as well as cooking classes, which are always great value and a laugh. Cocktail evenings, or 'Handbooks', as B&H call them, are based around particular spirits and you will not fail to learn interesting anecdotes for your next order of gin etc.
To add a third dimension, the recent addition of a second cocktail bar downstairs, giving out speakeasy, retro vibes with cocktails even served in giant Lego heads (!) gives this bar the benefit of buzzing all day long. Who would ever need to leave?
Overall - friendly, super knowledgeable staff (including a manager with his own Gin company, you can't get more passionate than that), good value, great atmosphere. A winner all round.
Love the place. A real find. Properly cosy, intriguing, inviting and all-together curious place that somehow comes together. Will go back
B&H is a gorgeous venue! Very French vintage in its decor with a fab British brunch menu and great service. The DIY brekkie is awesome! I've been a couple of times and their sausages and homemade hash are top notch! The bottomless bellinis are good value however, they are a bit watered down with OJ... that's my only criticism!
4 of us dined here when it first opened, and we totally adored the experience - I highly highly recommend. Yes it's a little pricey, but it's so worth it for the stunning interior and beautiful food. Full details and photos on my blog here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/10/bourne-hollingsworth-buildings-clerkenwell/
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