Stylish Weekends | January 13, 2016 | Lifestyle
Four secret spaces to
host a brunch party
Brunching is the epitome of lazy weekend mornings, but whether you usually scramble those eggs at home or your local café slices the sourdough, why not take the boredom out of brunch and open your mind to some new ideas?
Here’s some fresh alternatives to set your sights on:
Tipi: For a laid-back affair
Give your inner Native American an airing by hiring a beautiful tipi for your back garden.
Layer up your tipi with soft furnishings – think deep-pile rugs, velvet cushions and cashmere throws – to create a snug space. Weave bunting and twinkling lights through the tipi supports for a charming touch to win over your guests.
Fluffy pancakes topped with crispy bacon and sticky maple syrup will satisfy both sweet and savoury lovers. Or give the crowd-pleaser omelette a tasty spin, with asparagus, goats cheese and ham.
Twist the classic Buck’s Fizz by using grapefruit instead of classic orange juice, before topping with a kumquat for a whimsical garnish.
On the beach: For a bracing seafood escapade
Enjoy brunch while basking on one of our coastal treasures – from Devon to Dungeness. There might be a revival of the great British seaside resort, but there are plenty of little-known coves to discover – such as Sugar Sands, which lies between the Northumberland town of Alnwick and the remains of Dunstanburgh Castle.
A late and lazy event, with a hint of rustic seafood shack, is perfect for beach brunching. Create a haven with windbreaks, colourful rugs and plump cushions for your postprandial lounging.
Focus on classic ocean fare – tuck into grilled kippers with fresh lemon, zesty crab and smashed avocado and the British classic, eggs royale – smoked salmon and creamy hollandaise on a perfectly toasted English muffin.
Accompany all this with a pear and cranberry Bellini – with plenty of bubbles and tart juices.
Winter solstice: For frosty feasting
The disappearance of summer doesn’t mean the end of alfresco brunching – simply wrap yourselves in cosy blankets and add lanterns and a firepit to create a soft ambience.
A basket of fresh pastries, slathered in rich butter and tangy jam, will always be a brunch winner. But to turn up the heat a little, whip up huevos rancheros, a spicy Mexican brunch dish of eggs smothered in a fierce salsa, served on fresh tortillas with a sprinkling of coriander. It’ll put some fire in your belly to counteract any chilly breeze.
Also consider mugs of hot chocolate, made the proper way; from real chocolate and thick cream, spiced with a little cinnamon.
Urban rooftop: For a sanctuary in the sky
Escape the city throngs and elevate yourself into the clouds by hiring an urban rooftop.
The Boundary, in east London’s Shoreditch, is a beautiful outdoor oasis with a delightful canopy of grape-laden vines and subtle Mediterranean shrubbery. Plus, there’s a weatherproof pergola in case the blue skies turn grey. The events team deem everything possible – so go ahead and think creatively.
Alternatively, hire a space on the terrace at the Madison for Sunday brunch with spectacular panoramic views of St Paul’s Cathedral. And we mean really spectacular. You’d be hard pressed to find views in the capital to rival it. Not at the expense of the food though, with British classics dominating the menu.