Wednesday, 3 May 2017

the old bookshop boozy brunch.

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A little while back, I headed down to my favourite local to try out their boozy brunch menu - chef Alex Bluett's delicious brekkies paired with Psychopomp cocktails.

But be quick if you want to indulge, as the Psychopomp pop up cocktail bar will be no more by the end of this month! 



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On the menu at The Old Bookshop, there are 3 breakfasts and 3 cocktails to choose from. They have made pairing suggestions based on the flavours, but they won't judge you for veering off course.

I chose the Full English cocktail, which had beautiful, delicate flavours of Earl Grey. It was very refreshing, and subtly sweet. I went along with the pairing suggestion and had it with the Bookshop Fry Up, which I'd had before and therefore couldn't resist having again. 

It is the best I've ever had. 

The quality of the ingredients is evident, there's a generous helping of kale hidden beneath perfectly poached eggs, and those beans - heaven. 


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Everyone on my table either went for the fry up, or the Smoked Haddock Kedgeree, which looked very tasty & green. The rice was super creamy - quite different to the kedg I've had - this was much more decadent. 

After we'd polished off as much food as our bellies could hold, we decided to try another cocktail. For review purposes only. You have to be professional and get a well-rounded review, like my last one of The Old Bookshop.. 

I went for the Salty Dog this time around - mainly for that amazing pale pink colour (an Instagrammer's dream) and partly out of curiosity about the saltiness. I'm still relatively new to drinks on the savoury side of the spectrum, but I've had some that I really like - a rosemary G&T, and of course, a Bloody Mary or two.

A WARNING: do not drink this if you have sore, chapped lips - the salted rim will not be your friend. Other than that, it's delicious - with grapefruit and lemon cutting through the pickle juice and salt.


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Tummies full, and rather tipsy, we all parted ways and got on with our Saturdays. I headed into town to meet up with a BFF who was visiting the city. Inevitably, we ended up back in Bedminster, where I was drawn back into The Old Bookshop

I'd seen Psychopomp's post on Instagram about Emilio's quest to make the perfect Bee's Knees, and I was too intrigued (and still tipsy) to fight the urge. The story involved honey from Hollywood being sent to Paris - check out the post here

Inspired by the romance of it all & the dedication to the cause, I ordered a Bee's Knees and asked Mim to tell my friend the story behind it. He gladly told it in the animated and excitable way he does, and gave me a very cheery coaster/word of the day along with my cocktail. 



Emilio will only be serving up cocktails until the 19th of May - so make sure you head down to try them and the paired brunches ASAP!

Brunch is served Wednesday-Saturday, but the cocktail pairing menu is only available on Saturdays from 11-3, and will set you back £12.50 - bloody bargain, I'd say.


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5 comments

  1. Brunch is just the best, isn't it? Paired with cocktails, it's sheer bliss. Lovely review and photos x
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  2. Boozy brunches are definitely in the top 5 of my all time favourite things. This one especially looks amazing - especially that pink cocktail and those eggs <3__<3 Yum! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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  3. Oh wow! This looks like one incredible brunch, all your pictures are fab Lyzi x

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  4. Beautiful images - I need to get to this Old Bookshop asap!!

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  5. Your photos made my stomach remind me that I didn't had lunch yet) Everything is so yummy! I think i should leave my college writing service office and go on the cafeteria. Of course, there's nothing like those yummy thing you've posted, but at least I could eat something)) P.S> Now I want to try those cocktails! And it's only Monday!

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