Brasserie Review: No11 Pimlico

 No11 Up to the Mark

Thriving Pimlico eatery offers a relaxed and tasty start to a lazy weekend 

Review by Rupert Watkins

Brunch appears to be the meal du jour amongst the professional eating classes. A cursory glance through any good paper’s food section reveals a glut of reviews of places offering it, or articles on how it is voraciously taking over breakfast and lunch in modern-day London. As someone clearly not on trend and so positively antediluvian, brunch is a rare and thus rather welcome treat for me.

Which is why Riddle found itself  heading eagerly to No 11 Pimlico Road  to investigate its  brunch offerings. Part of the Darwin and Wallace  group, this capacious gastro pub  has been around for just over  18 months and, certainly judging by what I encountered as I wandered in, has firmly established itself as a firm favourite in this  particular part of SW1. The place was heaving with families,  groups  and a couple of individual brunch aficionados – always a good sign.

Well furnished,  open  and light with what is now the requisite mismatching furniture, the stripped-back wood décor and blue finish of the interior is clearly  beach-front  Hamptons inspired, and does give  a  relaxed background to very good and well-presented food.

My sourdough bruschetta was substantial and tasty, the spinach leaves nice and fresh. The bacon was  crisp and the avocado plentiful and ripe. With  fat  warm roast tomatoes and a drizzling of mayonnaise, it was a most pleasant first meal of the day. My friend’s eggs royal was also judged a definite success. The salmon and house-made hollandaise sauce were both commented on very favourably too. Good coffee and a thick, rich hot chocolate accompanied the meal.

The service was good, not only attentive but not pushy – I wasn’t pressurised about the fact that my friend was running a little late -so I was left able to enjoy the atmosphere and indulge in a spot of people watching. We did not sample the delights of the  stylish and clearly efficiently run bar – more fool us  (but it  does give  one an excellent reason to return). Should the rest of the menu and service  be as on-the-button as our meal today, the crowds  will no doubt continue  to throng into this friendly  place.  riddle_stop 2


Enquiries: No11 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NA/ 020 7730 6784/

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