Glass enjoys the new brunch menu at The Piano Works, Farringdon, London

THERE’S no denying it, the bottomless brunch’trend continues to grow in the bustling capital and the latest establishment to use its credentials and fanbase to take advantage of the Londoner’s love of day-time bubbles is one the hottest live music venues in the city, The Piano Works bar in Farringdon. The bar was founded by serial restaurateur Alan Lorrimer who has successfully launched and run more than 19 new start up bar and restaurant concepts.

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Farringdon’s weekend nightlife is pretty limited due to the vast amount of offices and weekday inhabitants of the area, but there’s no doubt that The Piano Works’ popularity continues to grow, with large queues out the door on Friday and Saturday nights. Glass decided to try out the new Boozy Saturday Brunch menu on a sunny afternoon in May and what followed was a delightful session of tasty food, unlimited fizz and the crowning glory – the infamous Piano Works band and singers.

Taking requests throughout brunch service, the band played a mixture of old disco classics and more modern numbers by The Killers and even Justin Bieber – something to suit every taste. If you’re looking for quiet bite to eat and some soothing jazz, this probably isn’t the place for you. The Piano Works is just as buzzy and pumping on Saturday afternoon as on a Friday at 11pm – and it’s kind of wonderful. Groups of diners enjoying birthday celebrations and hen parties sing along and take on the dancefloor all afternoon and you can’t help but sit with a massive smile on your face and join in with the party.

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The brunch menu provides a large variety of dishes, ranging from Londoner’s favourite, Standard Smashed Avo with poached eggs on sourdough toast and chilli flakes, to The Full Works, a classic English breakfast with all the trimmings, plus some healthier choices like the Not Big or Fat Greek Brekkie, which includes Greek yoghurt, honey, berries and granola.

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The food is reasonably priced at around the £10-£12 mark with bottomless prosecco for two hours at £15 per person or bottomless Bloody Mary’s for £20 per person. If you’re feeling super flash you can order DIY Bloody Mary’s which include a bottle of Absolut Vodka, unlimited tomato juice, condiments and a pickle selection. I opted for the Smashed Avo which was pretty tasty and my guest chose the Full Works, which I instantly became jealous of as her portion was very impressive.

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The service was friendly and efficient, with our glasses regularly being topped up as we enjoyed the music and caught up over our food. Brunch service runs with 12pm and 2pm bookings and wraps up around 4pm as the bar has to change over and prepare for the Saturday night service ahead.

The Boozy Saturday Brunch is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon if you’re looking for a party atmosphere, amazing live music and a real feel good factor with unlimited bubbles. I would thoroughly recommend this bar for a birthday or celebration; you certainly can’t leave The Piano Works without a smile on your face and humming the tunes you’ve just heard for the rest of the day. Bravo!

by Heather Doughty

Further information on The Piano Works can be found here.
The Piano Works, Farringdon Road, Corner of Ray Street, Farringdon, London EC1R 3BX

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