Monday, 16 March 2015

Slow Food Market and Brunch

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Since moving to London 18 months ago I discovered the concept of the farmers market. A place where not just farmers, but bakers and home makers sell their home grown, made or reared goods. A place for fresh ingredients, clean food and no mass market superstores.

London on the whole is amazing for markets, but sadly not so good in a) central London, and b) on a Sunday surprisingly (I'm looking at your Borough).

So step forward the Slow Food & Living Market in the courtyard of the Rosewood London. A weekly Sunday farmers market in Holborn.

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It's only been around for 2 weeks and yet it was alive and buzzing. If you are a foodie, or a lover of good honest food, then this is the new place to be.

You can pick up bread, cheese, meat, wine, beer, cakes, veg, oh just about everything.

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The Rosewood London is fast becoming one of my favorite hotels in London. Their Spa is fabulous, they do one of the best cabarets I've seen, and now they have opened up their courtyard to a whole host of gorgeous sellers.

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My favorite stall currently is the bread and cakes. I had a nibble of a their brownies and was hooked. 2 please!

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Never one to miss a foodie adventure, Ella from The Little Brown Book came with me to sample our way round.

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It was the cheese stalls that caught Ella's eye though.

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I could have eaten a whole meal just nibbling on everything and stocking up for lunch- but don't.

Yes, stock up for the week, but for Sundays, it's all about the brunch.

"But the farmers market food is just too good" -  I know, I know it is.

So I have the solution.

Step inside the hotel with me...

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First passing the cutest (real) birds by the way

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And into The Mirror Room.

A striking room, the Mirror Room is refined, glamorous and elegant dining at its best.

It is almost like a jewel box, with mirrors lining the walls and ceiling; it is breathtaking.

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See The Mirror Room have done something rather wonderful and frankly genius and I was lucky enough to be invited to taste the magic.

They are serving a weekly Sunday brunch in conjunction with the Slow Food & Living Market outside. The New Executive Chef, Amandine Chaignot, uses that particular weeks ingredients from the Market that the sellers have brought that week and puts together the most wonderful mix of cooked and fresh food counters. 

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This also includes the drinks, with the best coming from a dedicated Bloody Mary station, using the tomatoes that I showed you before.

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The brunch is an exciting buffet counter style, help yourself, pick and choose, and yes, before you ask, you can have as much as you like.

So like excited children, me and Ella were off ready and hungry for our first plate.

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We started with the fresh fish and meats counter.

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As we were discovering divine smoked salmon, we also discovered this rather adorable contraption. We did get a bit obsessed over it.

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Then there was cheese. Oh so much cheese, and chutney, and grapes...

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And bead and pastries too!

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I was in utter heaven. The hardest decision is which to choose... but then you remember, you don't have too. You can have it all!

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Finally we sat down with a plate of cheese, bread, salmon and a board of meat.

The scariest part is taking that first bite. What if after falling in love it didn't live up to your expectations?

Well thank the Lord, this did and more. Honestly, the market sellers here are truly talented. The breads, oh the breads were heaven, and that salmon, just perfect.

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After leisurely eating, chatting and drinking, it was on to round two.

As we as cold food, there is a hot  food counter. They will cook eggs any way you wish, make you sausages, bacon and roast tomatoes.

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But even better? Pancakes!

Maple syrup, strawberries and cream, and even nutella.

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Finally, and yes I am talking round three, there are the desserts. Make sure you save room for these sweet treats.

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A chocolate fountain! Yes, my childish excitement had grown to new heights by now.

Brownies, tarts, cookies, all mad by the market sellers outside.

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I thought I was already in love (aww... soppy) but this place seriously stole my heart. I mean come on, who doesn't swoon at a chocolate fountain for brunch?

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Oh and if this place couldn't get any better, the bathrooms of all places are to die for. Cue lots of (unpublished) silly selfies.

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Err, hello STUNNER!?!

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Back in the salon, they also serve endless fresh juices and fresh ground coffee too, which was just what was needed after a very long, very large brunch.

I never wanted to leave. The Slow Market Brunch at The Mirror room is just simply... wow. I'm writing this was a genuine grin on my face as I think about the delicious, special and frankly magical brunch. How many brunches make you go "wow" as you explore the different food counters? Make you giggle with glee as you dip strawberries into the fountain? Or make you swoon as you leave with a gorgeous rose plant?

Not many I can tell you. I've eaten more than my fair share of brunches in my time in London, but this- and this is quite a moment- I believe is the best I've had. 

Gauntlet down! Best Brunch I've Had.

Slow Food & Living Market is on 10:30am - 3pm Sundays
The Mirror Room Brunch 12pm-3pm Sundays

252 High Holborn,
London
WC1V 7EN

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5 comments

  1. It looks incredible! I can see why you didn't want to leave. I love The Rosewood too, especially after our spa session!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  2. This looks amazing. And I know what you mean about the lack of Sunday markets - so strange they don't do more. Also super impressed with your glam look on Sunday morning!

    Rosie xx

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  3. Wowza!! This has to be one of the best brunches I've ever seen, it all looks SO delicious!! I'm gonna have to go down ASAP when I'm back from Aus!

    C x | Lux Life

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  4. This looks so amazing! I've been looking for really good hotel brunch spreads like this one in London but never thought it would be at the Rosewood! Definitely on my list now!

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  5. This looks SO. GOOD. Love the idea of unlimited brunch. Hurrah hurrah as much food as you want?! :D

    Out of curiosity: what's the pricing on it, do you know? xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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