Granger & Co

Restaurants, Brasseries Clerkenwell
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
Granger & Co

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.

By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Granger & Co
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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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tastemaker

After a long time, I finally had my Aussie brunch at Granger and Co. and luckily my expectations were more than met! 

First of all, booking a couple of days in advance is recommendable to avoid long queues, but if you are londoners, you know. I made my reservation on Wednesday for a Sunday brunch and we were given the best table of the dining room!

The ambience is not extremely cosy: the absence of any table cloth or curtain makes it look a bit cold. Nevertheless, the venue is very tidy, bright and smart, without being too pretentious. The customers, at the same time, look smart but essentially easy going.

There is a good variety of choices on the menu, with veggie-friendly and fitness-lovers options, from small dishes to larger platters. 

Ricotta hotcakes are the star dish if you are a sweet pancake lover, but if you want instead to go savoury, the yellow fish curry and the fresh aussie are delicious too!

To conclude, both bellies and wallets came out happy: only £22 for drinks and food!

Only con: the wait. Don't go too famished, it will take them a while to serve your food!

Tastemaker

Now that I have been to Australia recently, everything here makes sense. This place is a great excuse to have brunch any day of the week like the Aussies do. Some great options like ricotta hotcakes or the signature scrambled eggs dominate the menu. Everything looks well prepared with good quality ingredients - and so pretty. The room is gorgeous with high ceilings and windows letting all the daylight in. There are some sweet bites on display to choose from. Great place to spend a couple of hours just enjoying great food.

tastemaker

For Aussies, this is a little slice of Sydney, right down from the interior to the waitstaff uniforms. So a no-brainer for a great solid brunch.


What we had: 

  • ricotta hotcakes, banana and honeycomb butter
  • sweet corn fritters, roast tomato, spinach and bacon
  • sourdough with smashed avocado, a poached egg and chorizo on the side

I always get the signature sweet corn fritters (or the ricotta hotcakes if I want something sweet) for brunch - they’ve been consistent every single time I’ve ordered them and to this day, it’s still the best corn fritters I’ve had in Sydney, and in London. Make sure you ask for a poached egg and some guacamole or smashed avocado to go with the fritters too - it’s unbeatable. I usually have a pretty faultless experience, but I have to admit that this time, things were a little bit chaotic. The waitress got our orders and coffee all mixed up and seemed confused, and flustered; and our ricotta hotcakes were missing elements that were usually there - the bananas were not caramelised and we were missing the honeycomb butter. I’m hoping that it was just some teething issues with new staff and that it all gets sorted out as it would be very sad to see such a staple brunch place start dropping its game!


Tip: get in early or make sure you have a booking (Clerkenwell only) as they get very very busy.


Good For: catching up with friends, small groups, casual brunch/ breakfast/ lunch, brunch dates

tastemaker

My go-to brunch place with outstanding Aussie style coffee. Their signature dish is fluffy pancakes, which you'll see at least one on every table. My favourite however is the kimchi chorizo fried rice, so yummy that I tried (and failed) to replicate at home. It's also a very accessible place for prams and and wheelchairs - so you'll see a lot of young families during the weekends.

tastemaker

Granger & co is one of these places that people would queue for an hour or so to get in. I used to live in the area and the queues intrigued me to visit and try the food in this restaurant. It took me a couple of years to do so but I can now confirm that I shouldn't have waited for so long. It took us approximately 45 minutes to get a table for 4 on a busy Saturday afternoon.

The service was excellent, the staff were very nice and polite. The menu offers a variety of options and they even serve brunch dishes till 5. For a starter I got the fried aubergines with yogurt which were nicely cooked (juicy and not dry) and very tasty. For main I went for the schnitzel which was absolutely delicious, nicely cooked and served. The French fries I chose as a side were nothing special though.

I really regret skipping dessert and not getting the ricotta hotcakes. They are served as a brunch dish and they seem to be their signature dish. I am definitely going back for them!

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!

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!

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.


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.

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.


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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