Monday, 20 November 2017

Food: Bottomless Brunch at The Lost and Found


Style: Brunch                                                                       Location: Bennetts Hill, Birmingham

Cost: ££ (£22 for any brunch item plus unlimited prosecco, bellinis, mimosas or Bloody Marys)


The venue

A former bank, turned into a Victorian greenhouse-style hideaway. The Lost and Found is situated on Bennetts Hill and despite being a airy space, manages to feel cosy. I always find the atmosphere very comfortable, even when it's busy. I've been for food, drinks and afternoon tea and always enjoyed myself. The cocktails are excellent; it's somewhere I can always get a good classic cocktail without fuss.

So I was pleased to hear that they were launching bottomless brunch; one of the best ways to start a day. Available Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm, by reservation only, you get a brunch dish of your choice plus unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Bellinis or Prosecco for £22. It's a lovely environment to start your day off.


Drinks

I decided to stick to Bellinis from the standard menu choice. The servers checked on everyone regularly to see if more drinks were needed, but not so much that people got too tipsy. I like a Bellini at brunch- it's not as harsh as neat prosecco but not as overly fruity as a Mimosa.


For the special launch weekend of The Lost and Found's Bottomless Brunch, Mr Black Coffee Liqueur were there serving up some special cocktails. I'd heard great things about this liqueur and I was pleased to try it- it added a strong coffee hit without being syrupy.

The Coffee Alex was a twist on a Brandy Alexander, one of the first classic cocktails I loved. Brandy, Mr Black liqueur, creme de cacao and cream were shaken together and topped with a sprinkling of nutmeg. This tasted like Christmas morning.


Mr Black Old Fashioned was enhanced by the coffee and the chocolate bitters, making an Old Fashioned appropriate for the morning.


Spiced Iced Coffee seemed to be the most ordered around the room, and was probably the lightest and easiest to drink. Spiced rum, coffee liqueur, syrup and milk made this an excellent breakfast treat.

I do hope The Lost and Found will be making these available to brunch customers.


The food

It's an excellent brunch menu, with everything from Full English to granola and yoghurt. I was tempted by Turkish Eggs with whipped yoghurt and chorizo butter or Eggs Royale with marmite Hollandaise.

I chose the English Breakfast to line my stomach (and also keep me going all the way through to dinner!). You can see poached eggs on my plate but you could also have fried. I enjoyed the excellent herby sausages, the delicious bread and even the peripheral items like mushroom and tomato were good quality. I do wish the beans were in a little pot as many people like to keep these separate. I'd also prefer back bacon to streaky but that is personal taste. The food was well cooked and seasoned and kept me occupied for some time.


Bacon and cheese burger without the bun was a clever twist on steak and eggs. While the burger wasn't the greatest to exist (please see my previous post on The Meat Shack), surrounded with bacon, smothered in melted cheese and topped with a fried egg, this was a good, fun brunch dish. Ideal for those brunching later in the day.


Whether or not you believe this is good value depends on whether you enjoy a leisurely breakfast and whether you can knock back a few drinks. I feel this is one of the better value Bottomless Brunches I've come across. The food was good quality, the drinks were plentiful, service was organised and excellent and the location is beautiful. I'll certainly recommend this to people looking for a fun way to spend a couple of hours on a weekend.

The Lost and Found

Photos by Helen and Edd

Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes

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