As the sun beats down on Oxford Street, harried shoppers streaming past bright, shiny shops blaring music from their doors, The Grazing Goat, just a few streets away, basks in its oasis of calm. Tucked into the salubrious Portman Village, it makes the most of its situation with a handful of tables outside, perfect for watching London luvvies totter past on high wedges as their bear-like, pedigree hounds take them for a stroll. The clientele match the location, with well-heeled couples and their Mini Boden’d babies, perfectly plucked gym buffs and a rugby team’s-worth of chinos all stopping by for cocktails, European beers and some seriously good food.
After a night in their smart, townhouse rooms (with a fabulous bed, Farrow & Ball walls and walk-in shower room) we rose early to make the most of the breakfast menu. The space outside extends into the bar, with great windows that open out to let in the morning sun, so our bed heads were soon being soothed by the summer breeze and some seriously good coffee. The menu is a sight to behold, with every brunch combination you could hope for – made to order omelettes, granola, pancakes, the full English – as well as beautiful morning cocktails that will banish the last of the hangover. The ingredients are carefully sourced, with Severn & Wye smoked salmon, Bath Pig chorizo and Fivemiletown cheese all featuring, and the rest is as local, organic and free range as you’d hope.
Finally making a decision, we opted for the 3 egg omelette with chorizo and the wonderfully stacked avocado, goat’s cheese and sundried tomatoes on sourdough, both delicious and served in good-sized portions. More coffee and fresh mint teas helped to wash it all down, and the proper salted butter and extra homemade bread made the Egg Poacher’s morning complete.
This being London, it’s not cheap – but the quality is so high you don’t begrudge the price. In such a prime location it would be a shame not to treat yourself and stay the night, though you might forgo Big Ben in favour of mining the menus for all the wonders that they can provide.
Price: from £3.50 (sourdough toast) to £12.50 (the full English). Rooms from £205 per night.