Brunch Review: Apero at The Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington in London
Inspired by homespun and nostalgic dining experiences, The Ampersand Hotel’s Italian restaurant Apero has launched a new weekend brunch menu that is the epitome of family feasting in the Mediterranean.
Discreetly located beneath the Victorian cellar arches of The Ampersand Hotel, with a modern kitchen interior of white metro tiles and exposed brick accented with cobalt blue leather seats, the Italian restaurant has recently expanded its offering with this new hearty Italian-inspired weekend brunch: Pranzo della Nonna, or ‘Grandmother’s lunch’.
Generous portions that are all for sharing present brunchers with a carousel of Italian classics. Impressively accomplished hearty dishes starts with a light homemade focaccia, followed by a creamy burrata with heritage tomatoes, antipasti of speciality Italian meats and cheeses, fried egg oregano and mozzarella, Italian sausage with beans and a comforting lasagna della Nonna – rounding off with one of the finest tiramisus I have tasted. And as many London brunches, these Italian classics are served with free-flowing Prosecco, Aperol Spritz or Mimosas.
Alongside the new Pranzo della Nonna brunch menu, Apero also offers an à la carte brunch with a wider selection to dive into. This includes regular English specials such as eggs benedict, full English and spring smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. For later in the day, Apero’s lunchtime dishes also include rib-eye steak and fries, bacon cheeseburger and pappardelle with Bolognese sauce. Desserts include fudgy chocolate brownie, and toffee, banana bread and banana sorbet.
With such an ideal West London location and a collection of homemade dishes that are worth returning for – Apero itself is a destination restaurant for all Italian food lovers and those who are after a meal inspired by the Italian family home. A relaxed and welcoming setting that is in many ways independent to its hotel counterpart, it is quietly hidden from the weekend madness, reminding those who visit of intimate homemade delights that come from the family kitchen.
Steps from South Kensington, with 111 individually-styled bedrooms inspired by the surrounding area, The Ampersand Hotel has been lovingly restored as one of London’s original Victorian hotels. Originally having first opened in 1888, with Hyde Park and Knightsbridge on its doorstep, it is a hotel where contemporary meets classic.
The Pranzo della Nonna brunch menu is available from 11:30-14:30 Saturday and Sunday for £22.50 per person, or with bottomless drinks for up to 2 hours at £37.50 per person. To book visit www.ampersandhotel.com or call +44 (0)207 591 4410