what is … “cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week”?
Well, brunch of course. As published in an article in the ‘Hunter’s Weekly’ in 1895 this mixture between breakfast and lunch is truly a wonderful invention and by far my favourite meal of the week. A great Sunday treat, when getting out of bed early for breakfast seems painful and lingering around for a tardy lunch is tedious.
One of the most recurrent questions I get asked is, ‘Where are your favourite places to eat B,B,L,D* in London?’ Hmm I say, that is a tough one. London restaurants come and go as if they were all pop-ups. In fact, that probably explains why the new fad in town are these here-today-gone-tomorrow establishments. You don’t have time to go on round 2 that they have upped their roots and moved on. So unfortunately I have very few favourites on my speed-dial at any one time. That said I admit to always being excited to learn about new eateries around town so when my friends moved to Kensington and started discovering the area they invited us for brunch at one of their local favourites.
Kensington Square Kitchen sits just behind the High Street in the very pretty and quiet Kensington Square . The interiors are simple and the place teensy so reservations are a must.We sat down to a brunch menu which is different from the weekly fare and I opted for the baked eggs with sweet potato and crispy sage. G decided to go for the KSK club sandwich. Both delicious!
At KSK, the ethos is to serve seasonal, British inspired and locally sourced food. On the menu you can find yummy homemade cakes and muffins along with more hearty pies to salads and lots of daily specials. Sara and her team cook everything in loco so it über fresh. More goodies on the all-day brunch menu include frittatas, homemade Aberdeen Angus beef burgers (my friend opted for this so can vouch for it) and home cooked Ham with a selection of Neal’s Yard cheeses.And don’t we all love it when we can choose whether we prefer scrambled eggs or a slice of chocolate cake for tea? If the topsy-turvy trend is how you roll then you will love that at KSK you can eat whatever you like whenever you feel like it.
“By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting”. Guy Beringer, ‘Brunch: A Plea’, Hunter’s Weekly, 1895