13th August 2016 11.30am
Newly opened Chop House’s East Market Street branch had only been going a few days when we came to visit for brunch. This, and the fact we were there for brunch rather than lunch or dinner, means that I will be taking this into account in my review .
Settled into the recently renovated Arches, I met my friends and climbed (yes climbed) into the booth we were allocated. Two of us already knew we’d be trying the bloody mary on offer but we also accompanied this with eggs benedict with bacon (salmon and spinach are other options). My other friend stuck to an orange juice with a full cooked breakfast. I was pleased that we were asked how spicy we liked our bloody marys on a scale on 1-10. We both went for an 8. When they arrived, we were suitably impressed. Not too big but with attention to detail, spiced just as we’d asked and garnished with some small pickled onions. We enjoyed them a lot. So much so my friend ordered another.
The food arrived, although one of the eggs benedict was a little slower to arrive but they were still ironing out kitchen glitches. I really wasn’t waiting more than a minute or two. The eggs benedict was great. The eggs were cooked well, the bacon full of flavour and just the right amount of hollandaise. The edge of the toast was a little difficult to cut but I think this was to do with the crust of the sourdough. I just got stuck in with my fingers for those bits instead. The full breakfast was asked for without the tomato but the tomato was there. We also realised several hours later that the tea also did not arrive but it clearly wasn’t missed by my friend! The quality of the ingredients was clear. I think a little tweaking and settling in and this place will do well. It certainly was getting good trade, whilst we were there. Upon getting the bill, we noticed they’d missed one of the cocktails and we were honest and pointed it out. What appeared to be the manager said not to worry as it would be on him as they work through their opening gremlins. This was good PR which means that I am likely to be back to try something from the main menu.
Food – 7.5/10
Service – 7.5/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 31/40
Would I eat here again? Yes, if only to try to roast they do
Cost £45 for one full breakfast, two eggs benedict, two (of the three) bloody marys and an orange juice