Prosecco and brunch. Need I say more? Always a winner, right? On Saturday, I met some of my oldest friends for a Prosecco Brunch at The Potting Shed in Marylebone, London.
Getting together with friends
I don’t see my friends enough. I know that, and I do feel guilty about it. But life happens. Marriage, kids, work, other commitments and lack of energy all happen and I think we all have an understanding. These are the girls I have known since secondary school, making it through the good (and the bad) times, and the dodgy fashion sense, together. We’re now spread across the UK, the US and Dubai. So it can be tricky, but when we do finally get together, it’s always fun.
When my friend announced she was back from America for a whirlwind trip (and she was child-free for three whole days, you can imagine her excitement), a relaxed brunch seemed like the perfect way to catch up and hear all about her exciting new American life.
The Potting Shed
The Potting Shed is part of the Dorset Square Hotel. The Hotel, a Regency townhouse, is in a lovely green and leafy location, overlooking the square which was originally the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground.
Beneath the hotel lies The Potting Shed. There’s a big sign so you can’t miss it. You have to head down the steps into the restaurant. The decor is lovely – stylish but with a warm, relaxed atmosphere. As it was a Saturday, it was fairly busy. There were other groups like us, as well as families with babies, so it seems to appeal to all.
The Prosecco Brunch is a two course set menu. You have a choice of unlimited Prosecco with tea or fruit juice, along with a starter and main. There are some tasty options on the menu and we all enjoyed our food.
I had smoked salmon and scrambled egg (note that toast costs extra!), and I could tell that it was really good quality fish.
It’s worth mentioning that the food portions are not that big and I have to admit that I was still a teeny tiny bit hungry on my journey home. I should have paid extra for the toast! It may have just been me though, because I am basically hungry all the time.
The staff were excellent and really attentive. They kept our Prosecco nicely topped up and nothing was too much trouble. You’re allocated a two hour slot, which we exceeded, but luckily we weren’t asked to leave.
The cost isn’t cheap – £40 per head plus 12.5% tip – so I’d save this for a special occasion. For me, it was totally worth it as we enjoyed good food and great company, and we don’t do it very often.
Overall, we had a great time at The Potting Shed and I would highly recommend if you’re looking to head to London for a lovely, lazy weekend brunch with good friends.