The City of London is one of the UK capital’s quieter neighbourhoods at weekends and this calm vibe makes it the perfect place to seek out a bountiful brunch or a resplendent roast, away from the hustle and bustle of busier hotspots.
Situated moments from Cannon Street station, Vinoteca is a charming place to while away an afternoon. From the friendly service and sleek, inviting décor to the moreish dishes on offer, with a backdrop of live jazz provided by acclaimed singer-songwriter Lizzie Bradley, everything about this recent opening encourages guests to relax and take their time.
Start by perusing the menu, which features everything from healthy juices and grilled pink grapefruit with yoghurt, honey and pistachios to punchy plates of French toast or Serrano ham with fried eggs and grilled tomato. If it’s a roast you are craving, the rump of beef and horseradish or the Tamworth pork belly and apple sauce, both served with all the trimmings, are sure to satisfy. Grazers will be pleased by the platters of cured meats and cheeses, and there is even a ploughman’s lunch option for the traditionalists. If you’re bringing a crowd, be sure to book the private mezzanine which seats up to 40 guests and is a great spot for people watching.
If you’re looking for a tipple to accompany your chosen dishes, Vinoteca offers an array of breakfast wines, from the Samos Vin Doux 2012 from Greece to Innocent Bystander’s pink moscato 2014, as well as more full-bodied options to complement a rustic roast – the Rodney & The Horse Clare Valley Shiraz 2016 is an excellent choice. If you discover a new favourite, be sure to purchase a bottle from the adjoining wine shop to take the Vinoteca experience home with you.
Vinoteca, 21 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, +44 (0)20 3150 1292