A Good Start to the Morning
The Alice House’s revamped breakfast menu makes this a comfortable spot for a lazy morning hour
Review by Rupert Watkins
Never underestimate the importance of the first meal of the day. With this in mind, The Alice House, Queen’s Park, has recently re-invigorated its breakfast menu. Strolling into the sleekly furnished bistro, the brick walls, black ceiling strung with lights and the stripped back floorboards and furnishings give a modern feel relieved by the leather sofas and granite bartop. Sinking into one of the comfortable sofas, service was prompt and courteous throughout my visit.
Though a weekday morning, so clearly not as thronged as weekends when the brunching crowd get busy, this gave me the chance to relax, check emails, read the paper and indulge in a spot of people watching. The atmosphere is unhurried and comfortable – reinforced by a number of people working solo at the various tables – coffee to hand.
My plate of potato cakes, Spelhurst sausage and duck egg with a side of streaky bacon was good. The bacon satisfyingly smokey and crisp, the duck egg rich. Other delights on the menu include buckwheat pancakes and berries and soda bread with smoked salmon – all good but not overindulgent starting points for the day ahead. As well as orange and grapefruit, a variety of mixed juices are available as well, the green apple, celery, cucumber and lime standing out.
Enquiries: The Alice House, Queen’s Park, 53-55 Salusbury. NW6 6NJ / 0207 6240008 / www.thealicehouse.co.uk/