The Breakfast Club is a sort of hangover-busting brunch wonderland with decor that might well have been designed as part of a middle class child’s ‘creativity session’, yet still manages to look totally brilliant.
It’s not all clear cut at this club, though – The Breakfast Club has hair that’s full of secrets.
Here are some things you might not know about The Breakfast Club:
- Shocking secret thing No.1: It doesn’t just do breakfast. You can go there for lunch, or even DINNER.
- Shocking secret thing No.2: Some branches come complete with a top secret bar; entrance requires some obscure password whispering to your waiter.
- Shocking secret thing No.3: The Breakfast Club has a gluten free menu and it’s HUGE!
We visited the brand new Breakfast Club at London Bridge, which can be found just around the corner from ‘land of artisan food things’ Borough Market. If you know the area, it’s opposite that suspicious German bar called Katzenjammers which serves up bratwurst and beer far beneath the surface of the EARTH.
Anyhow the London Bridge Breakfast Club seems just as popular as its brekky-loving siblings, attracting queues of hungry folk at most hours of the day (tip: we got there at 12.30pm on a Monday, and only had to wait for five minutes).
Inside the decor is a sort of cross between an American diner and the inside of my mind circa 1997 (FYI: The Spice Girls and Gladiators were big influences on me at this time). There’s a lampshade made of fried eggs, an enormous tub of peanut butter and a random horse’s head sticking out of the wall. It’s just perfect.
The menu is massive, and covers all meals you might possibly want to eat at any time of the day, as well as snacks and nibble type things. But the best bit is, The Breakfast Club’s gluten free menu is almost as big – in fact you can eat pretty much all the things, except the obvious suspects (pancakes, wraps, sandwiches etc.)
I was feeling healthy(ish) on our visit so opted for the Breakfast Club House Salad which is grilled asparagus, courgette, cherry tomatoes, roasted golden beetroot and tomato vinaigrette, I got it topped with grilled chicken (£11.50), but veggies can have it without.
What appeared was an absolute mountain of salad and chicken, all tasting fresh and delicious with plenty of different bits to keep it interesting. The tomato vinaigrette was lovely too, if I could buy a bottle of it I would.
We also had a bottle of Prosecco, because lunch would not be lunch without alcohol. Even on a Monday. Before 1pm. All Breakfast Club cafes serve alcohol, except for the Soho one which is BYO.
Gluten Free: Yes, ask to see the Breakfast Club gluten free menu. Or click here to view what’s gluten free at the Breakfast Club online. Our only issue was the fact that the Breakfast Club doesn’t currently serve gluten free bread (dear BC, if you’re reading, please change this, we will order it all the time, we promise).
8/10 – full marks if gluten free bread joins the menu!