Granger and Co (usually spelt Granger & Co.) is a totally relaxed restaurant in every sense of the word; from the uncomplicated dishes, to the calm atmosphere and the understated décor. It’s owned by esteemed restaurateur and food writer, Bill Granger, who is renowned for his easy going approach to food. He’s all about the brunch menu, so you can expect to enjoy plenty of delicious egg dishes. You also have the added bonus of a gourmet pizza menu for lunch and dinner with adventurous flavour combinations. If you’re searching for any of the following – best brunch in London, best breakfast in London, breakfast Clerkenwell or Clerkenwell restaurants do give Granger and Co a try.
Launched in May 2014, this Clerkenwell situated eatery offers all day dining to local creative types working in the vicinity. It’s certainly an ideal place for low key breakfast, brunch and lunch business meetings during the week. Treat yourself to a drink after work and a selection of small plates. Make it a destination at the weekend to enjoy brunch with your lover.
Granger and Co Menu
Granger is Australian and started off with a restaurant in his home country before adding one in Hawaii, Japan and two in London. His food has been inspired by these locations so you can expect to find coconut bread alongside miso porridge at his Clerkenwell branch. Cooked breakfasts include the Full Aussie fry up with scrambled eggs, bacon, chipolata, roast tomatoes, miso chestnut mushrooms and sourdough toast. Smaller egg dishes include chilli fried egg and bacon brioche roll with spiced chutney and rocket, scrambled eggs on sourdough toast or soft boiled egg with soldiers. I tried the broken eggs with ricotta, spinach, pine nuts and grilled sourdough which were pretty amazing.
Broken Eggs with Ricotta, Spinach, Pine Nuts and Grilled Sourdough
Homeboy opted for the courgette fritters which comes with deep fried egg, halloumi, tahini yoghurt and parsley salad which was awesome. They also have sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon. Other dishes included crab with chorizo and house kimchee fried brown rice and spiced miso mushrooms on sourdough toast.
Courgette Fritters with Deep Fried Egg, Halloumi, Tahini Yoghurt and Parsley Salad
You really must try the ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, they were fantastically fluffy. Other sweet treats include toasted coconut bread, muffins and pastries or selection of breads with spreads. Grains and fruit include Bircher muesli, granola plus a brown rice and sweet white miso porridge with dairy free coconut yoghurt and mango. Larger breakfast dishes are priced £11-14.50 but they do have smaller bites starting at £3.50. Grains and fruit cost around £5.50-9. Coffee is by Allpress and tea is by the Rare Tea Company. They also have a selection of juices.
Ricotta Hotcakes with Banana and Honeycomb Butter
Lunch kicks off at 12 noon and dinner begins at 5pm. The lunch menu features quite a few of the bigger breakfast dishes. The main focus at lunch is the pizzas of which there are around five to choose from (these are also on the dinner menu). There is the heritage tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella version plus more adventurous alternatives like shrimp, fennal and salsa rossa or salami with fennel and ricotta which are priced £12.
Aside from the pizzas, there’s a shrimp burger and grass fed beef burger. Other dishes include chicken schnitzel, yellow fish curry and sirloin steak. The salads sounded really tempting, for example, citrus quinoa with sprouting sunflower seeds, beetroot, feta and chilli. Burgers cost £14-115, sirloin steak is £22.80 and salads are £12.40-13. The dinner menu is an elaboration of the main lunch items with the addition of masala roast bream, sticky chilli belly pork and some pasta dishes. There’s plenty of small plates on offer in the evening which you can enjoy over a glass of wine – Korean fried chicken, shrimp tempura, bass ceviche, fried calamari plus some nice veggie options. These are priced around £6.50-13. Polish it off with a dessert like the white chocolate and pistachio Pavlova or salted caramel and bitter chocolate pot, yum!
Granger and Co Interiors
The restaurant is situated at Clerkenwell Green so although you’re in the creative hub of London it feels quite chilled out. The interiors are by Sydney designers Meacham Nockles McQualter. You’ll find a light and airy space which is elevated from the pavement. You’re treated to a splendid view over St James’s church and the tree lined grounds from the expansive windows.
Sit yourself down on the soft brown leather banquettes which are very comfortable. The restaurant caters for ninety covers with the tables generously spaced for privacy. With white washed walls and minimal décor, it certainly is a place you can unwind and relax.
Granger and Co Information
Website: Granger and Co Website
Cuisine: Antipodean with global influences
Address: 50 Sekforde Street, London EC1R 0HA
Near: Clerkenwell, Farringdon and Barbican
Open: Monday to Friday 8am-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm and Sunday 10am-6pm
Toilets: Yes, downstairs
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London and restaurant. Thanks: Homeboy and Alan Russell for accompanying me, Sarah Canet and Nora Taneva for information, Sophie Uddin for taking care of us. Disclosure: Our meal was complimentary, big thanks and very much appreciated.