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Escape the City of London to a gin-fuelled brunch at No. 97

Surbiton, Or Suburbiton as my London friends call it is actually rather well located…

Just 15 minutes by train to Waterloo and filled to the rafters with yummy mummies galore. This Zone 6 Surrey, come Greater London location is full of thirty somethings living a slightly slower paced life on the river. What else could bridge the gap between the hustle and bustle of the city than a perfectly positioned Restaurant and Gin bar, just 5 minutes walk from the station?Its where city slicker and country bumpkin perfectly meet. No.97 is definitely a slice of London in the suburbs and there is nothing about it that I dislike about it, well, almost nothing.

The decor is slick, light and airy with dark blue velvet chairs and quirky art on the wall, old school hip hop plays in the background, all getting me in a good state of mind, relaxed and in a weekend brunch kind of mood. It has a very cool vibe and yes I already want to bring all my friends when they come to visit. 

The open service area sends your eyes straight into the kitchen and the bar takes centre stage with literally hundreds of different gins on display. The service is spot on, attentive yet not pushy. We order the Belgian Waffle, Cajun spiced crispy chicken, maple syrup and berries and the chorizo, smashed avocado & chilli, poached eggs, Hollandaise, and english muffins, it comes with a hot drink or fresh juice. An amuse bouche before we start brunch? Perfect appetite whetting material. A complimentary yoghurt and berry compote which we finished promptly. Swiftly followed by our order, well priced, tasty and freshly made. My only qualm would be the lack of greenery on the plate, but that is hardly anything to complain about!

Next with our stomachs lined we sampled some of the Gins on offer. There are several sections in the drinks menu which includes an extensive range of Gins from fruity to aromatic to navy strength and of course any type of gin cocktail you could ever dream of, quite literally.

I went for the Warner Edwards Elderflower gin, infused with elderflower and juniper for a reasonable £9 and my dining companion went for Dr J’s which which is described as having creamy flavours with juniper, citrus and coriander. They were both incredible, made with care, and looked and tasted beautiful. All of their standard Gin drinks are served in huge round goblet style glasses which I absolutely loved. I’m not a fan of the tumbler filled with ice, one sip and it’s gone!

Even during the winter, you can step out to the Terrace and A content afternoon pursued with ongoing gin sampling, I mean that’s what weekends are made for right….

Weekend brunch starts at as little as £7.95 per person for 1 Course, Hot drink of your choice or Fresh Orange Juice.

Fancy going boozy? No 97 Boozy Brunch – 1 Course £29.95 / 2 Courses £34.95
Includes unlimited Prosecco, Mimosas or Sangria – 1 course from each section
*** Served from 10am to 2pm Saturday & Sunday. Only Available for the whole table with guests receiving 1.5 hours of bottomless fun

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