For a change, I decided to treat him to breakfast. Booking the table 2 weeks in advance, there was one slot available for 9.30am on a Saturday morning. Both of us all dressed up for the occasion- I am not sure why, but it felt appropriate for a posh breakfast and shopping in the West End. We hopped on the tube and were in Green Park in no time at all.
The building in Piccadilly was originally commissioned as a showroom for the Wolseley Motor Company. Opened in 1921, it served as a showroom until 1927, after which it housed a branch of Barclay's Bank.
The Wolseley as we know it today has been trading for 8 years. Before opening, it was restored and renovated to show off its beautiful original design features complete with grand entrance, large pillars, curvaceous arches and sweeping stairs.
The Wolesley is open for breakfast, Al la carte lunch and dinner service as well as afternoon tea. The menu is a mix of simple classics, and indulgent delights. All menu's and prices are available to view online.
We arrived promptly for our table and were seated by front of house. The elegant silver service is certainly a lovely way to be served. Whilst browsing the menu we sipped our English breakfast tea and had a read of the weekend’s newspapers. It only felt right to sit up straight and hold the cup in a dainty fashion whilst dining here.
I chose Eggs Arlington with a side order of Spinach. Adam ordered poached eggs, Cumberland sausages and granary toast served in a sliver toast rack. Upon request, they have Heinz Tomato ketchup and HP brown sauce available - I did overhear the table next to us almost whisper for this request to their waitress which made me laugh. All the glass bottles were housed neatly in an old fashioned wooden cabinet. Of course this is not the kind of establishment where the tables are cluttered with condiments!
We were swiftly served by our waiter. For those unfamiliar with Eggs Arlington, this describes poached eggs with smoked salmon, served on a toasted muffin and hollondaise sauce garnished with chives.
Although I would normally always go for 2 eggs, a generous helping of Salmon, fresh spinach leaves and rich Hollandaise sauce meant I was perfectly satisfied with just one. As my boyfriend loves to remind me, my eyes are bigger than my stomach, so I simply had to order a pain au chocolat on the side. I can confirm that I did indeed finish it all!
The sausages were divine, served piping hot and just peppery enough in flavour. The eggs were really poached to perfection which Is a technique I am yet to master.
Breakfast cost £36 including service. On this occasion I was playing "suga mama" so I paid the bill. It always makes me chuckle when the Waiter automatically passes the card machine terminal to the man! Although more expensive than your average eatery, this is somewhere to dine as a treat and I would certainly return to try ones of the other menu's they have to offer.
A truly scrumptious breakfast, and a lovely way to start a Saturday morning, followed by a leisurely browse around the famous Fortnum and Mason's department store next door. After browsing, my only purchase was some "morello cherry jam"- as if I could resist this going in my basket!
Until next time :)
160 PiccadillyLondon W1J 9EB
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