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The January Blues Bottomless Brunch that won't let you down | Galvin at The Athenaeum Hotel | OOTD & Secret Eats


Feeling the January Blues? You know the ones with the 5am starts lugging yourself back in the gym full of potatoes and cake post Christmas, then into the office with a slightly sad looking salad surrounded by overwhelming amounts of brand new projects and that un-shakeable tiredness that chains itself to your eyelids, to then be finally greeted by the weekend.. filled with laundry and dirty pans up to the eyeballs. Yeah, thought you recognised it.

So as much as people are head first into diets and dry January, if you are in the mood for treating yourself and manage to step away from that ever growing pile of laundry and pans to spend some time with your loved one, then look no further!

I was lucky enough to be taken out by my lovely boyfriend prior to Christmas to Galvin at The Athenaeum Hotel in Mayfair for the weekend £45pp bottomless lunch menu for a 3 course meal with unlimited dessert buffet and bubbles.

First and foremost the interior of the Galvin is utterly stunning, with beautiful mix metal modern fixtures, dark woods, marble surfaces and perfectly hued velvet and leather seating areas, making for the ultimate grandure when it comes to hotel entrances, and with the Christmas decorations in full swing no expense was spared with the tree as you can imagine, with beautiful copper, gold, silver and grey glitter baubles in abundance to match the decor of the dining area.


Once we'd had our coats taken and were taken to our seats, our waiter was very attentive, quickly offering us water for the table and checking if we were happy with the bubbles on offer or if we needed another drink. Naturally we were happy with the bottomless option with the waiter proceeding to fill our generous 'flutes' (and I am not exaggerating when I say they were generous, they were nearly the size of a normal wine glass!), and continued to do so throughout the afternoon. I wouldn't say I'm a huge drinker.. but bottomless brunches in London are so much fun, minus the late afternoon headache.
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Whilst we waited we were greeted with a homemade bread plait which handily came apart in delightful segments alongside some insanely good butter which was a pleasant start.

For a starter I had crab and avocado on an English muffin with hollandaise with my boyfriend indulging in the smoked duck, plum, poached egg and hollandaise, also on an English muffin. My starter was delicious with the dish presented beautifully and a great combinations of flavours, although I did feel the hollandaise was a little too rich meaning the subtle crab taste was lost ever so slightly.



A few large glasses of bubbles later and we were onto the main, I decided to go with a fish course again with the seafood linguini and my boyfriend opting for the lamb curry. I'll be honest, my main was ok but a bit bland, it just seemed to lack seasoning altogether and was a bit disappointing. I did this time sample my boyfriends curry which was so well presented in individual pots and was tenderly cooked in a wholesome sauce that soon restored my faith in the meal. I do wonder whether there was a problem with our mains as they did take a while to arrive..


Onto the grand finale - the dessert buffet. This was my boyfriends eagerly awaited part to the meal, and although we had one of the later lunch bookings there was an abundance of cheese and desserts to choose from (ignore the big gaping hole in the bottom left of the dessert picture, myself and boyfriend couldn't help but nab the last chocolate mousse instantly), with the waiter promptly stepping in to make sure we knew if we wanted any of the ones that had run out that he could get us a portion. We decided to share a praline eclair,   rum baba, chocolate mousse and the peanut butter cheesecake (#DontJudge), the praline eclair and chocolate mousse were both perfect, but I did feel the rum baba and the peanut butter cheesecake were a little too sweet, but I suppose its horses for courses. (Also post sweet we were greeted by some amazing truffles with our coffee which you would think we'd pass on... we didn't).



Overall I would recommend the Galvin as a great place for a January Blues Date Day to step away from those early year stresses, and although I did have a few things from the menu that weren't exactly right, my overall experience of the venue, food, drink and service were fantastic.

Lastly, I managed to get a quick couple of snaps in the amazing bathroom of my outfit. I know I may have already shown this outfit on the blog before when visiting Paris, but I think it was quite smart, chic and well balanced which I thought was perfect for the occasion and much like the Galvin itself. 





What I wore
Psychedelic 70's print shirt - ASOS
Skirt - Newlook
Studded boots - Friis Co.
Handbag - Love Moschino
Jacket - DKNY


Michelle


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