Visiting London can be a bit mind blowing at times. There are so many areas to consider and a 24 hour stop is never long enough to take the time and explore for hidden gems. Luckily for me being in this blogging game, I get told about some fabulous places you might never normally see and regularly get told about places in London that I can’t get to unless a trip is already planned. When I knew my trip was arranged I knew exactly where I wanted to visit so dragged one of my oldest friends, who now lives in the capital, to visit with me.
The Load Of Hay Tavern is on Haverstock Hill on the hill (would you believe) just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of Camden Market. If it weren’t for the sideways rain and violent wind during our visit the walk up the hill would have been very pleasant. The bar specialise in craft beers which rotate regularly but they also have a small yet perfectly formed cocktail menu and a relaxed food menu which encourages you to take your time over lunch and enjoy time spent with your loved ones.
We visited on a Saturday afternoon when the bottomless brunch was in full swing. Available for 2 hours between 11am-4pm, for just £15 you can add the bottomless element to your brunch and enjoy unlimited prosecco, mimosas, house wine or bloody marys. I actually posed the question whilst there that this should totally be a thing in Manchester! I splurged on a few mimosas whilst my friend tucked into a few bloody marys declaring them tasty with a fine twang and gentle heat. Obviously the cocktail competition in London is fierce but he was pleasantly surprised by these at a location slightly out of the main areas of the city.
For brunch my friend was quicker than me when ordering and chose the Lobster Benedict. Sulking that he had got in there first with that one I decided to err away from the brunch menu and chose a couple of starters from the main menu to whet my appetite.
The Lobster Benedict comprises of two small muffins topped with a generous amount of lobster, a wibbly soft yolked egg and an even more generous amount of hollandaise sauce. The sauce was beautifully tangy whilst the lobster was soft and cooked well.
For my starters I chose the Goats Cheese Mousse and the Gravadlax. The goats cheese mousse was an instant hit that I reluctantly shared with my friend. I don’t think anything had been added to the goats cheese but the whole thing appeared to be whipped so it was light and airy yet still with the full flavour of goats cheese. The herbed edge gave the flavour a touch of earthiness and I mopped up the lot with the warmed pitta breads. The gravadlax was equally as good served with a tangy sourdough that was slightly chewy, the way I expect most good sourdough to be. Had I not needed to consider timings for my train I would have happily sat there for another hour and enjoyed further mimosas over a dessert.
Unfortunately I had a train to catch so I chose a quicker option and went for a liquid dessert. The espresso martini had a wonderfully strong kick of coffee, wasn’t at all sweet and had a lightly creamy topping that meant it was gone quickly and I yearned for another. It was one of the best espresso martinis I have had which made me just a little bit sad that The Load of Hay isn’t nearer to home.
The good thing in all of this is that I have found a hidden gem in one of the busiest locations in the country and I was kind of hoping to keep it to myself for just a little bit longer, that bottomless brunch though, it had to be shared. Now if Manchester can follow suit I would be a happy girl, who’s in?
I was invited to The Load of Hay as a guest and not asked to pay.