Is there anything more idyllic than brunch? I love the connotations of it - relaxing either in bed or in a nice cafe enjoying food with all the time in the world (and maybe a cheeky cocktail too!).. it's definitely my favourite meal. So when All Bar One got in touch and asked if I wanted to go to brunch with them, I didn't hesitate to say yes!
All Bar One are a chain of bars that they're so aesthetically pleasing (#bloggerprobs) and stylish, it feels like a really special place to go. However we've previously been for drinks and the prices are reasonable and the staff are beyond friendly - you definitely get a small bar vibe, like a local, rather than the forced quirkiness of some chains, ahem *nandos*. Our local All Bar One in Reading, is based on the river front by the Oracle with huge opening doors looking out on the river which makes it a great spot for people watching and for enjoying the sun like we did on our visit. When we arrived we were greeted by a couple of members of really friendly staff who managed to bag us a table by the window. We ordered drinks: Sam went for a classic Americano (that arrived with a small tub of Smarties, such a cute touch!) and I ordered the Mimosa: a orange juice and Prosecco cocktail which was perfectly suited to the sunny weather.
We both ordered the pancakes although there were so many options on the menu: I was tempted by the Boost Breakfast, a mix of poached egg, avocado and hummus and toast - sounds amazing. However we were both in the mood for something sweet and I knew i'd have severe food envy if I didn't get the pancakes so we ordered two portions and relaxed. The food arrived after a short wait and it was honestly divine. We went for the buttermilk pancakes topped with banana's, blueberries, strawberries with a pot of maple syrup. The pancakes were perfectly cooked: nice and fluffy and thick! There was also plenty of fruit with the pancakes which was great as we didn't run out - and the maple syrup in the separate pot was a lovely touch: i'm not wild about any sort of syrup so it's nice to control the amount that goes on my food rather than be scraping it off!
After we'd finished eating, we just relaxed - we didn't feel rushed a lot and it was a great way to start the weekend just chatting and enjoying each others company over some drinks. I absolutely loved having brunch at All Bar One and we'd definitely go back - the relaxed atmosphere paired with gorgeous food was the perfect way to start a weekend!
Have you ever been for brunch at All Bar One?
* I received this meal at All Bar One free of charge in return for my review, however, all opinions are my own.