A few weeks back I visited The Duke, Wanstead, for brunch with old school friends.
To our surprise a vegetarian pop up had taken residence. Apparently once a year chefs come over from Barcelona to run the kitchen at The Duke, whilst the head chef and their staff get a well deserved week off.
We started with a Smoked Bloody Mary to get in the swing of things, and I can honestly say it's the best I've ever had.
Delivered to the table under cloches containing earthy smoke, the cocktails were infused with a strong, yet not over powering, smokey aroma.
Following this the whole table opted for the Veggie Brunch Burger - a skilfully made tower containing brioche, poached egg, hollandaise, green tomato, aubergine mushroom and halloumi.
As if that wasn't enough, we finished the meal with a crust-free bourbon and pumpkin pie, served with cardamom crème anglaise.
I hadn't heard of a brunch dessert before, but I think The Duke are onto a winner...
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal: the service was fast and friendly, and atmosphere relaxed and inviting.
I'm looking forward to visiting again to try their seasonal menu.