Chef Jon Ingram of the Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar at the Intercontinental Westminster has brilliantly transcribed current foodie trends and refined them to a five star standard while ensuring his menu retains all the fun and flavour of the London street. Indulging in the Blue Boar’s Sunday only luxury brunch is an excellent way to taste for yourself.
At £45 per adult and £15 per child, brunch at the Blue Boar is indeed a luxury. But with the right attitude and appetite, the experience is a perfect way to wind down any weekend in delicious style. Along with choice of a main course or Sunday roast with all the trimmings, brunch includes bottomless bloody Marys and Bucks Fizz; access to a lavishly spread “feasting table” with salad bar, seafood bar, butcher’s board and dessert table; coffee and petite fours.
I certainly loved my brunch. The feasting table choices all but blew me away. The smoked feta cheese with shaved fennel, pomegranate and toasted pistachios salad was particularly tasty as was the smoked chicken salad with Granny Smith apple. As for the seafood, poached king prawns with the restaurant’s own spicy rub were nearly reason enough to visit on their own. Venison pastrami, from the butcher’s board, wowed my appreciative palate as well.
Mains impressed as well. I wholeheartedly enjoyed my serving of pulled pork with thyme baked rolls, home made pickles, coleslaw and smoky bacon baked bean. It was a properly down home spread … but served on its own pretty little silver tray. I didn’t have much room for dessert (and was more keen about the savouries anyway), but I like what I nibbled: a small piece of carrot cake and a green tea macaron. There were plenty more options available to appease any variety of sweet tooth desires.
Service was efficient and friendly … there was live music a la an acoustic guitarist … and just about everything pertaining to my brunch was pleasant and relaxing. The Blue Boar’s main dining room is especially comfortable. Beyond the dining area, an expansive bar and maze of cosy Chesterfield nooks await.
Blue Boar Smokehouse & Bar is located inside the Intercontinental Westminster hotel at 45 Tothill Street, SW1H 9LQ. Find out more at blueboarlondon.com.
Written by Chris Osburn