(BR)unch: The Londoner
By: Leslie Knowles
For the first Brunch Review of the year, I decided to visit a Baton Rouge staple: The Londoner Pub and Grill on South Sherwood. I arrived around 10:30 a.m., accompanied by Taylor Degruise, The Civilian’s very own editor-in-chief. We were greeted immediately by friendly staff and given our choice of patio or inside seating. We decided to opt for the patio so we could enjoy the sunny weather. While it was a little hot out, the outdoor fans were enough to keep us comfortable… and of course, the refreshing bottomless mimosas helped!
The first thing we noticed was the excellent service. A server came out and took our drink order within moments of sitting down. And those mimosas? They were wonder
ful. Better yet, they were affordable! The Londoner offers bottomless mimosas during brunch for only $5.00. What we liked most about the mimosa deal was that we didn’t have to keep putting in orders to take advantage of the special. Instead, the servers refilled our glasses with a pitcher. If champagne isn’t your thing, The Londoner also offers $3.00 Bloody Marys. For those of you wanting to try the mimosa deal, keep in mind that even though brunch begins at 9:00 a.m., alcohol isn’t served until 11 a.m.
The menu featured a great selection including brunch classics like French toast, shrimp and grits, and multiple variations of eggs benedict. I decided on the Cajun Benedict: eleven dollars for two poached eggs served on top of biscuit halves with boudin, pulled pork, green onions, and gravy or BBQ sauce with a choice of grits or hash browns on the side. I found the price reasonable for the amount of food I got. Our meals arrived warm and surprisingly fast. On this particular day, we were one of only a few tables, so I’d be interested to see how the service is when it is crowded.
All in all, I’m happy to report that brunch at The Londoner was a great experience! If you like the atmosphere of an English pub, but are still looking for a classic brunch menu and great service, I would definitely recommend The Londoner Pub and Grill on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard for your next Sunday brunch outing!