Summer’s are made for lazy brunching over a table full of food surrounded by friends. Sunglasses on, wine flowing and the sun shining bright – it’s why we love the summer right?
For those of us who can’t afford that weekend trip away to Sicily (I feel your pain!), I have the next best thing – a lovely restaurant I discovered the other day called Inn The Park right in the heart of St. James’s Park. Yes, you heard me right – St. James’s Park!
Nestled amongst the plants and ponds of St. James’s Park, Inn The Park blends seamlessly into its surrounding offering diners a natural oasis in the heart of London. Inn The Park has a self-serve cafe where you can grab some coffee, salads or sandwiches as you make the most of St. James’s Park which is very popular with the tourists who come wandering after visiting the Queen who resides nearby.
I would however, recommend grabbing a table at the restaurant next door instead, which is the perfect little spot for a bit of people watching. With floor to ceiling windows and interiors that are designed to be unobtrusive, you cannot help focusing on the beautiful lake and the blossoming flowers next door. They also have a lovely rooftop bar where you can enjoy some summer cocktails whilst topping up your tan.
Seb and I grabbed a table on their sun soaked terrace and started off with some of their cocktails – the weather demanded it after all. The Raspberry Mojito I ordered was lovely – freshly crushed raspberries, a touch of mint and a squeeze of lime juice was the perfect way to start off our lazy brunch. Seb loved his Summer Cup – it literally was summer in a cup. Enough said.
The summer theme continued with the starters. I tried the Suffolk Asparagus, Purple Sprouting, Egg & Hazelnuts which was absolutely delicious. The runny yolk, the crunch from the hazelnuts and the farm fresh produce all made this dish spot on for me. Seb ordered the Handpicked Cornish Crab, Avocado & Nashi Pear. The crab was lovely and as fresh as it can be but the dish lacked flavour.
We sipped on our cocktails and enjoyed the people watching as we waited for our mains to arrive. Not a bad view to keep us company eh?
Before we knew it, our mains arrived and they definitely didn’t disappoint! My Roast Lamb, Honey Glazed Carrot, Roast Vegetables and Potatoes was spot on. It reminded me of everything that is good in this world! The lamb was cooked to perfection, the honey glazed carrots and vegetables were perfectly flavoured with a slight hint of mint sauce. Definitely one of the better roasts I have had in a long time.
Seb kept it classic and ordered the Yorkshire Beef Burger served with Maple cured Bacon and Mayfield Swiss for his main. Again, a perfect little burger. I cannot fault it even if I tried. You can always tell when the meat is fresh as the burger just tastes that extra bit special. The burger was complimented wonderfully by the crispy maple cured bacon and Swiss Cheese along with a side of chips and salad. Highly recommended.
The light summery brunch was quickly turning into a full fledged three course meal but we couldn’t help it. With options like Lemon Poset served with Sable Biscuit and the seductively tempting Chocolate Pot with Pistachio Brittle, we couldn’t say no! The lemon poset was incredibly fresh and just the right amount of tangy for me. I really enjoyed dipping my freshly made French sable into the lemon posset. The chocolate pot followed the trend – rich, creamy and just delicious. I highly recommend both dishes.
As you can tell, I really enjoyed Inn The Park. The service is relaxed yet attentive, the food is seasonal and the views ain’t too bad either. Add to this the fact that a meal here isn’t going to burn a hole in your pocket, it’s easy to see why we are onto a winner with this restaurant in the middle of one of the royal parks.
Coffee, cocktails or a full fledged three course meal, Inn The Park is definitely a contender. Drop by after a spot of tea with the Queen to see what I mean. 🙂
Inn the Park,
St James’s Park, London