Wednesday 20 March 2013

Hamilton Hall (Wetherspoons) London

 Street level concourse
Liverpool Street Station

Breakfast served
Mon - Sat
7am - 12pm

9am - 12pm

The building itself is quite stunning.

Inside it is equally stunning with ornate high ceilings.

You are soon reminded by the sight of those satchets though that you are sitting in a Wetherspoons!

 There is a good choice of sauces and you can take as many as you need.

The coffee is quite nice and costs just over £1

The breakfast menu is quite varied and prices are reasonable.

At first glance it looked quite good!

Oh dear.. The hash browns, black pudding and mushroom were all overcooked and chewy.

The fried eggs looked perfect but were slightly undercooked.

The bacon was really chewy, toast too dry and the tomato tasted of water.

We were arriving in London earlier than usual but felt sure plenty of cafe's would be open at 8.30am. Each one we passed was closed so we ended up asking a window cleaner if he knew of anywhere open, "Wetherspoons will be open" he replied pointing in the direction we had just come from. The thought of eating in a Wetherspoons didn't really fill me with joy but I had been meaning to revisit another Wetherspoons again so we headed straight there..

Upon entering - The building itself is incredible and inside you are quite blown away by the stunning and ornate high ceilings. It is very large with plenty of places to sit, most tables are on the ground floor with more on the upper floor, further seating can be found outside. At 8.30 in the morning it wasn't too busy and was a fairly pleasant environment to spend time in, I can imagine it getting quite noisy in the evenings though. I had eaten in a Wetherspoons enough times over the years to know the ordering process but incase you haven't eaten in one here's how it works.  Choose a table and decide what you would like from the menu, remember your table number and place your order at the bar, tell them the table number, collect your drinks and pay. On the way back to the table grab any sauces, salt, pepper etc that you want and the food and cutlery is bought over to you when it is ready. 7/10

Service - The chap at the bar taking our order was friendly and helpful letting us order extra items and asking how we wanted our eggs, he bought our food over not long after we had ordered it. Shortly after we had finished eating an efficient member of staff cleared our plates and empty satchets from the table. 7/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, 1 slice of black pudding, 2 fried eggs, 3 hash browns, 1 large mushroom, half a grilled tomato, beans and 2 slices of toast & butter. 8/10

Presentation - Everything was placed quite nicely on the large oval plate but everything apart from the fried eggs looked like they had been cooked sometime ago and lacked any charisma. 5/10

The food - The sausages were semi economy and not very special with a slightly herby taste. The bacon was chewy and over cooked as was the black pudding. The hash browns were like potato flavoured chewing gum with no crispiness at all. The mushroom had almost dried up, the tomato tasted of water and the beans were reasonable. The eggs looked great but as soon as I cut into them uncooked egg white spilt out onto the quite dry toast. I did finish everything as I was really hungry but it was far from good, it seemed like many of the items had been sitting cooked for too long causing them to go dry and chewy. 4/10

Value for money - The large breakfast cost £5.69 with extra black pudding. For central London the price was excellent, unfortunately the food was not so it didn't seem such a bargain. 5/10

Veggie option - Yes, 2 sizes of veggie breakfast available.

Overall - A lovely spacious building with friendly staff but the food was a disappointment, this seemed down to the fact it had sat too long before being served. I have eaten many Wetherspoon breakfasts over the years but this was not one of the better ones. 6/10

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