Years ago we had family friends who lived in Brighton. Every now and then we’d head down to see them, stopping at this little independent restaurant called Bill’s for brunch on the way.
Today Bill’s is a nationwide chain, with branches up and down the country looking just like the original. Amazingly the quality of the food and drink hasn’t changed either.
As a huge Marmite fan I was very excited to be invited to try a secret Marmite menu they were offering at the end of January.
Choosing what to eat didn’t take long. For £12 you got a fancy cheese on toast and a Bloody Mary (or for £10 you got the toast and a Virgin Mary).
The Marmite Bloody Mary was good. Really good. Bill’s have always done a decent Bloody Mary but the mix of Chivas Regal whisky, Harvey’s Bristol Cream and a Marmite reduction gave it an extra special hit.
You needed a large appetite to get through the cheese on toast.
Two slices of crunchy sourdough swimming in melted cheese and Marmite. And topped with two perfectly runny poached eggs.
We got a side of broccoli because we’re healthy like that.
And I gotta say that it’s the best broccoli I’ve ever had in a restaurant. It pretty much deserves it’s own garlicky, crunchy and flavoursome review.
When the bill came we were presented with two cute little Marmite samples to take home with us. I’ll be saving mine for a pimped up Bloody Mary.
It’s the perfect brunch but we ate this for dinner because we like to do crazy things like eat breakfast for dinner sometimes.
Essentially a Bill’s brunch is the perfect meal whatever time of day, whether you’re a Marmite fan or not. And what other national chain can you think of that could serve perfectly cooked poached eggs every. single. time. you visit?
Our meal was complimentary but as always all views are my own.