Antique Luncheons at Brunswick House

Amidst the bustling chaos of south London’s Vauxhall cross sits the fading grandeur of Brunswick House, a bric-a-brac come upmarket antiques hall come cosmopolitan cafe.

The purpose of Brunswick house cafe is undefined to say the least. Set between the high rises of Vauxhall and the calming scenes of the Thames, this old Georgian mansion packs an impressive if not slightly unconventional crowd. The purpose of my visit was for an extended Thursday luncheon with work colleagues, and Brunswick house cafe is quite possibly the opposite of your usual corporate dining venues.

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On entering we were guided through the old hall to our table and left to peruse the sights and grandeur that affronted us. Everything is for sale in Brunswick House cafe. From the vintage oak choir stools we were seated upon to the magnificent array of lighting fixtures hanging from the opulent ceiling. Not the best place of a working lunch as distractions are most certainly order of the day, however Brunswick House cafe certainly scores highly for opulence and decadence.

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The food was beautifully presented however was not as impressive to taste as the setting predicted it should be. A and I had starters of potted salmon, pickled cucumber and sourdough toast. It scored highly although portion control went out the window. For a set two course meal, although beautiful to taste one did not need a main. Nonetheless, when the boss is paying I am not one to refrain. Main for me was Cuttlefish, fennel, alioli and chilli. Ink is the word. Too much. Apart from not expecting an inked fish, the taste was slightly metallic and a shame after my splendid starter. A and S had better luck on ordering Oxtail, horseradish dumplings and black cabbage and the Pork Belly, lentils and raddicchio respectfully. However my cuttlefish had left a sour taste in my mouth and had dampened my initially optomistic mood. Food was distinctly average and let the side down. Not awful just not what you would expect from this age old establishment.

Definitely worth a visit. However predominantly if your big into your antiques…

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