REVIEW | Roast’s new brunch menu, Borough Market

Borough Market for me evokes so many wonderful memories. Wine with friends at Bedales, the annual Christmas cheese pilgrimage with my dad to Neal’s Yard Dairy and buying tubs and tubs of delicious olives at Borough Olives.

And Roast restaurant, sitting high above the market floor, is another place that always makes me think fondly of Borough. After all, it’s been my family’s go-to place for posh meals and celebratory lunches for years.

So when I heard that they were launching a new Saturday brunch menu, I had to see whether that offering was just as good as their beaut Sunday roast dinners.

I started with the Cucumber foam cocktail while I perused the menu, a delightful gin-based tipple made with Champagne sorbet, Roast gin, fresh cucumber, lime juice and sparkling wine.

The brunch options come as small and larger portions – not the small, sharing plate kinda portions, but small enough that you could have two different dishes.

We started with the Benedicts. The Lobster Benedict was divine, making me wish I’d opted for the larger portion, while the Smoked Pig’s Cheek Bacon Benedict was SO much better than traditional ham.

The smoked pork cheeks, sourced from Cannon & Cannon, are pickled in brine for 12 hours before hot-smoked and cooled.

And although I rarely opt for a veggie brunch option, the burrata omelette looked too good to turn down. Made with Wiltshire Downs burrata, and topped with heritage tomatoes and basil, the omelette was light, fluffy and far cry from the buttery, over-filled and heavy omelettes you can get elsewhere.

And how can you have brunch without pancakes? While berries and yoghurt was an option, it’s hard to turn down buttermilk pancakes topped with streaky bacon and maple syrup. The salty-sweet mixture was the perfect way to end the meal.

And of course it’s not just about the food, Roast’s atmosphere is genuinely second-to-none. The huge wide windows makes the room bright and airy, but still feels intimate. And if you’re lucky enough to get a window seat, it’s great for people-watching in the market below.

In fact, on a busy Saturday morning when the market is full swing, it was lovely to be able to sit in a little bubble up above the chaos, gin cocktail in hand, and bellies full of delicious food.

So if you get the brunchies one Saturday… it might be time to give this joint a go.

Brunch at Roast is available on Saturdays, 12pm – 3.45pm.