The battle of the brunches is heating up, and the Great Portland Street branch of Villandry decided to throw their hat in the ring, inviting me to try their bottomless brunch. I took Holls along as part of my birthday celebrations – here’s the verdict!
Being served pastries which are fresh out of the oven is always a good way to start a brunch. However, the main event for me was a Croque Monsieur with Avocado (you can get it with Bacon or Eggs instead of Avocado) while Holls had the Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich. The addition of the avocado to the Croque Monsieur made it feel less greasy and cut through the cheese quite nicely.
There wasn’t enough ham in my opinion but that was made up for by extra cheesiness! It was tasty and definitely filling enough but if I were to go back, I would order something different. The Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich was a generous portion of chicken blanketed by thick focaccia bread. Again very filling but not at all greasy – I actually had a bit of food envy!
To finish the meal we had our choice of a selection of cakes and pastries. It was almost impossible to choose as they all sounded gorgeous! We went for the Salted Caramel and Walnut Tart and the Coconut and Passionfruit Muffin. By this point, we were pretty stuffed but it was nice to end the meal with something sweet. Both sweets were delicious but very, very sweet – and that’s coming from a girl with a serious sweet tooth! Overall, the food was good and there is plenty of choice on the menu – and on Sundays you can even get a roast for brunch!
Villandry’s bottomless brunch comes with either prosecco or champagne, and when they say bottomless, they mean it. I literally did not see the bottom of my glass until we were ready to leave. The restaurant is quite big so, for brunch, they have ice buckets stationed around the room and this, paired with highly attentive wait staff, means your glass will never run dry. We opted for prosecco and must have had at least 2 bottles between us!
This branch of Villandry has both a cafe and a more formal restaurant in a separate room. We had brunch in the restaurant, a bright, grand room with plenty of space. There are also a few semi-private rooms so this would be a perfect location for large groups and parties – in fact we spied a hen party while we were there. There was no background music on our visit which we found quite strange at first, but as the restaurant filled up the sound of chatter and laughter was quite a nice backdrop! Our waiter was lovely and doubled as our photographer 😂 The two different vibes in the cafe and restaurant mean you could equally have a hungover brekkie or a dressed up brunch – it’s a venue for all occasions!
The Fine Print
We went to the Villandry on Great Portland Street, which is a short walk from Oxford Circus tube – the other branches are in St James’ and outside London in Bicester Village. Bottomless Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays for £30 (with prosecco) or £40 (with champagne), which includes a pastry, a main, a cake/tart and unlimited tea, coffee or orange juice. As mentioned before, there is plenty of space but it is always worth making a booking to ensure you’re not disappointed!
Villandry pride themselves on inhabiting elegant spaces, so dining there is an experience about more than just the food. The truly bottomless drinks, freshly prepared food, buzzing atmosphere and beautiful decor combine to make Villandry one of my favourite brunch spots so far.
The scores are in!