Looking for somewhere to have brunch this weekend? Somewhere bright, delicious and right in the middle of all the London action?
Then get yourself down to Leicester Square and go explore the newly-opened Scarlet’s in Covent Garden!
Right on the corner of Leicester Square tube station is Scarlet’s Covent Garden. Look for the massive red sign over the door and you can’t really miss it!
Inside it’s got high ceilings, wood floors and lovely airy windows that let in tons of natural light. The ceiling light fittings are original, the artwork is colourful and I’m in love, love, loooove with the neon quotes on the wall.
We started with fizzy peach bellinis and a lovely catchup chat with new friends and old buddies. Then, once we were all sat and settled, the waiters handed out glasses of absolutely perfect Bloody Mary. I’ve mentioned before that they’re not what I’d usually order, but these ones were honestly brilliant.
I think I’m getting hooked!
Everyone set to ordering their food and we ended up with a proper mish-mash of choices…
Smashed avocado with black pepper and chilli, on sourdough toast.
Eggs Hemingway, which is basically a fancy-named Eggs Royale: gooey poached eggs and smoked salmon piled high on English muffins, drizzled with Hollandaise and scattered with chopped chives.
I’m very, very picky about my Eggs Royale, and these were good… but I’ve had better. I’d give them a solid 7.
The Big Breakfast certainly lived up to its name!
A classic fry-up with all the trimmings: bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash browns and baked beans served with toast on the side.
Once we’d all stuffed ourselves to bursting with food, we got started on the important part of the menu: COCKTAILS!
The Espresso Martini was a heavy favourite with the table, and I loved the look of The Scarlet: elderflower, champagne, peach bitters and mint.
Other popular choices included the Pina Colada and the Tarte Tatin, which I decided were a bit too sweet for my tastes.
We finished off the morning with (predictably) more alcohol. And, in honour of #HeatWave, our final drinks were served frozen as ice lollies!
Late Night London kindly provided us with a sample of their newest Popsicles to try: Mojito with an actual slice of lime frozen into it; Grey Goose and Perrier with lemon; and a Gin and Tonic one with a sliver of cucumber in it. (Which one do you think I picked??)
They’re quite strong but really refreshing and a perfect way to get trollied during these hot Summer days.
Fancy trying them for yourself? They’re available from all Late Night London venues. Find the complete list here! (it’s quite a long list!)
Overall, I really liked Scarlet’s.
It’s very chilled out and relaxed. I did think the prices were a bit excessive for what you actually get (Bourne & Hollingsworth was around the same range and I thought the food was better there!). But, then again, you are in Tourist Central so I guess it’s to be expected…
I’m giving it 3.5 stars!
Massive thanks to Kelly and Mya for organising the event, and to the Scarlet’s team for looking after us so well! :)
Upper St. Martin’s Lane
PS. Apologies for the fuzzy photos! I have no idea what happened or why they came out so blurry. They’re taken with the exact same camera as I always use!
*I was invited along as a guest to review the restaurant.