for a traditional english breakfast tea, a delicious selection of made to order sandwiches or a beautifully presented brunch in leicester, look no further than mrs bridges tearooms. it's somewhere i always recommend to local friends and foodies over twitter as well as catch up over a cuppa myself, so really it was about time i shared it on my blog.
located on loseby lane by leicester cathedral (and just a stone's throw away from the richard iii experience by the way) mrs bridges is a quaint higgledy-piggledy tearooms with an outdoor courtyard. the menu boasts scrumptious breakfast offerings, fresh sandwiches and homemade cakes; believe me i have a favourite for every subsection.
if we're going chronologically, i guess it makes sense to start with breakfast.
i present to you the american. for £6.20 you get two eggs cooked your way with two hash browns and rashers of bacon on toasted muffins and coated with delectable hollandaise sauce. i sometimes order an extra veggie or pork sausage, which is 95p. you also get an accompanying toast and tea, coffee or orange juice.
pre midday i order this breakfast every time, and the poached eggs are perfectly gooey every time.
my boyfriend always has the hunters breakfast with extra black pudding. this is locally sourced beef, ham or field mushrooms on bagels with hash browns, eggs and red onion again with the toast and choice of drink.
i delved into the archives and found a sunny morning breakfast outside too, this time with vegetarian sausages instead of bacon.
and swiftly onto lunch for one of my all time favourite sandwiches; smoked salmon and avocado with rocket and basil mayo on granary bread. absolutely beautiful.
sam had the olive gladys, which is pork belly with homemade chutney.
last up is their fantastic afternoon tea, which i have enjoyed a couple of times but never properly photographed. in fact, these pictures might well be from my blackberry phone. their fantastic cherry jam scones and gooey brownies and paired perfectly with finger sandwiches and endless tea. you can also get afternoon tea gift vouchers - the perfect present. i should really blog it next time i go... any excuse for afternoon tea eh?
sorry if you came to read this looking for a critique as i can't fault the place - very close to my heart and i take all my best people there.
my only tips for any visit would be;
♥ be prepared to wait a little longer at busy times (12-2pm) as it can be hard to get a table.
♥ likewise you may need to be patient with service when it's busy - don't worry it's worth it!.
♥ if you are in a rush, takeaway is available too.
♥ make sure you have change as it's cash only.
♥ table service, though take the handwritten bill up with you when you leave.
♥ do not under any circumstances leave without one of their brownies.
♥ have a little potter along the lanes whilst you're there, it's a lovely little bit of leicester perfect for vintage shopping and finding cute gifts.
17 losesby lane, leicester, le1 5dr.