October 2019

I like the concept of Bottomless Brunch. Some nice food, 2 hours of drinks and then home in time for an afternoon nap - it's the perfect combination for me these days. I've tried it at a few restaurants in Nottingham, so was pleased to be invited to the St James Hotel in Nottingham to give their Sunday Brunch offering the once-over.


Just across the road from Nottingham Castle, the St James Hotel markets itself as 'Boutique City Centre Luxury' and it's certainly different from your bog standard hotel, with pink and gold wallpaper, sparking chandeliers and plenty of bling greeting you as you walk into the reception area. The No/6 Bar and Lounge, where Bottomless Brunch is served, is located at the back of the ground floor and open to all every day, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, in a colourful and comfortable seating area which surrounds a central bar.

Once seated at our table, we were quickly presented with our menu and drinks orders taken. The choice of drinks is good, with prosecco, gin and tonic, pimms and lemonade, bloody Mary or non-alcoholic cocktails on offer and you can have as many of these as you like within a 2 hour period.

It's always interesting to see how brunch menus vary between venues and this one didn't disappoint in terms of offering something a bit different. From my firm favourite Eggs Benedict, to a Breakfast Pizza, Welsh Rarebit, Smoked Haddock Frittata and Steak and Eggs, through to Huevos Rancheros (a traditional Mexican breakfast) and Indonesian Nasi Goreng (Indonesian stir-fried rice with veg and a fried egg), there was plenty of choice, including a good number of vegetarian options.

After much deliberation, I chose to return to my childhood dinners and went for the Corned Beef Hash, with onions, sauteed potatoes and baked beans, topped with a fried egg.   I was rewarded with a sizeable and beautifully crispy pattie, with melt in the mouth hash and a perfectly runny egg. My husband opted for the Eggs Benedict and was delighted with his two well- stacked muffins which, once again, were delicious, with the quintessential soft egg and lashings of Hollandaise sauce.

With 6 of us brunching, we tried to order as many of the dishes as possible, so that we could get a really good idea of the food quality overall and I'm pleased to report that everything that we were presented with was excellent - fresh, well-cooked and tasty. On top of the usual cost, you can also order supplementary dishes at £5 each, including waffles, pancakes and French toast, so we tried a couple of those as well and the pancakes, in particular, were thick and fluffy, accompanied by lots of fresh fruit.

The service was also very good and our glasses were replenished upon request and without delay.  You can mix and match your drinks so, as well as a few glasses of bubbly, I had the opportunity to try a Bloody Mary for the first time, which was both interesting and strangley moorish!

Bottomless Sunday Brunch at the St James Hotel costs £25 for the main menu, with one food option and unlimited drinks. With the standard of the food, I'd definitely recommend it and believe that it offers good value for money if you're going to have at least a couple of drinks.  It's a really nice way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday with your mates and, with the fixed price, you don't even have to worry about sorting out the bill at the end!

You can find out more about the St James' Hotel on their website and view the full Bottomless Sunday Brunch menu.

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