If you’re looking for a good time on a Saturday, this is a good bet. South Place Hotel makes for an elegant setting; its Chop House restaurant is to the side of the sleek, dark lobby, a contrastingly light space with parquet flooring and comfy chairs perfect for leisurely weekends. When I visited it was full with guests availing themselves of bottomless bubbles (two courses £22.50; three courses £27.59; £18 supplement for prosecco) and generally living their best lives, as the Millennials say. There were several groups celebrating big birthdays – be warned that this isn’t the place for a quiet, intimate catch-up; it’s where to have fun. Full marks to the staff when it comes to top-ups – my glass rarely went below one sip. Orange juice and peach purée come in cute little glass jars so you can make you own mimosas or bellinis – recommended as a means of slowing down somewhat.
As well as standard brunch dishes (eggs Benedict, Royale, Florentine; smashed avocado and the like), you’ll find starters such as bang bang chicken wings slathered in a moreish peanut glaze, and mains of ‘campfire’ eggs, baked with spiced borlotti beans and shallots (interesting although on the dry side). There are also burgers, salads, a fish and chip butty (if you’re in recovery mode…) and even steak, as well as more breakfasty options such as granola and waffles; so a very catch-all menu. A rhubarb Eton Mess for afters was unremarkable, but the same cannot be said for the madeleine-like lemon cake with coconut and lychee ice cream, with perfect sponge full of zingy flavour.