Brunch redefined at The Birnam Brasserie, Gleneagles Hotel
Laura Wood discovers the ultimate Sunday brunch destination, The Birnam Brasserie at Gleneagles Hotel.
Brunch; a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch, best enjoyed, in my opinion, with time on your side as a big family gathering or with a group of friends. If the proceedings - and drinks - flow into the afternoon it’s my favourite kind of social get together (no babysitters required, no sleep deprived mornings after...) and when the subject of a round robin email is ‘Who’s up for brunch’, you can count me in.
Recently, I’ve found my favourite spot when I feel like really going to town. Gleneagles has brunch down to a fine art. Their new Brunch on Sundays at The Birnam Brasserie is a heady mix of brunch of a bygone era with a 21st century twist. The divine menu features all the iconic brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, moules marinière and steak ‘n’ egg pommes frites; alongside sandwiches including the irresistible Croques Monsieur and Madame, and a jaw-dropping self-serve Cold Bar stacked with shellfish, seafood, cheese, charcuterie and salads (it’s so good, I had to visit several times).
Best of all, alongside the cold bar is a barbar where you can help yourself to mimosas and bloody marys. You certainly won’t want to have the car with you so plan ahead and call the concierge to take advantage of a complimentary chauffeur service to and from the train station.
Add to all this live music, the beautiful Winter Garden, kids playing outside (maybe croquet on the lawn), adults talking, laughing and indulging until you can indulge no more, and Brunch at The Birnam gives a whole new meaning to long, lazy Sunday afternoons.
Brunch is served from 12noon until 4pm and costs from £40 per person. Children under 12, £20. Under-fives go free.
To book, visit gleneagles.com or Tel. 01764 694 270.