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Gluten Free Brunch in the Greenhouse

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Ever since my colleague first went to Bourne and Hollingsworth and showed me some shots of them eating brunch amongst what seemed like hundred of plants, I knew this was a place I wanted to try.

I’m a huge botanical fan. I can’t go to a plant shop without picking up at least one house plant, so naturally brunch in a greenhouse was right up my street.

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Booking a table with my friend Jess a couple of days before (100% book to avoid disappointment), they managed to squeeze us at the bar for a 10am slot. Luckily however, when we arrived, Jess double checked and they had a spot free in the main restaurant area (i.e. where all those wonderful green views are).

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Walking in, after wandering across a green square in Clerkenwell, you instantly feel at home (a home you wished you owned), with a long bar, grand piano, and soft furnishings interior dreams are made of.

Art books and magazines are stacked up, and the bar boasts a huge range of spirits, if you fancy opting for the boozy brunch option.

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Asking ahead, we were told that both gluten free and dairy free could be accommodated for (Jess^ is dairy free), and the waitress reassured us there were lots of options on the brunch menu, with gluten free bread also available.

It would be great if this was a little clearer on the menu as nothing is labelled, but chatting to the waitress made everything clear.

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What we ordered: 

We chose two of the breakfast deals at £9 each which consisted of two eggs made to your preference, served on toast with a choice of three items of the below –

Rashers of back bacon
Cumberland sausage
Baked Portobello mushroom
Baked beans
Hash brown
Confit roast tomato
Smoked salmon (+£2)
Chorizo (+£2)
Avocado (+£2)

After hearing wonderful things about the hash browns and finding they were gluten free, I went for one of them, with smoked salmon and avocado to accompany my eggs on gluten free toast.

Impressively from the DIY breakfast menu, all items bar the cumberland sausage were gluten free, with other options available from the brunch menu due to the flexibility of the gluten free toast.

Jess went for the sausage and hash brown, avoiding butter on her toast, which came out in a separate dish (hooray for no cross contamination!).

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I wasn’t hugely blown away by the breakfast as a whole, but the highlight of the hash brown (which was pretty damn special), made it all worth while. The location itself adds to the overall alternative brunch experience, and we couldn’t leave without trying one of their fancy looking cocktails, which were incredibly strong, and left us almost skipping across the green court before midday.

100% order those cocktails. You won’t regret it.

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If you’re in the area, I’d also highly recommend wander down Exmouth Market, where lots of sweet independent shops sit. One I fell in love with (hello plant love again), was Botanique Workshop. Filled with succulents, house plants, pots, gifts, illustrated cards, try and not pop buy and not want to buy the whole shop.

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