As high class breakfasts go, Lutyens has stiff competition from some of the previous contenders we’ve made it to over the last year or two. Nevertheless, having had several recommendations I was quite looking forward to seeing how it measured up.
The entrance is quite unobtrusive – so much so, in fact, that on my first pass I walked straight by it. Fortunately, by the time that I had walked back and found the front, some fellow breakfasters had also arrived. It turns out that turning up unbooked may be a slightly risky affair – for although we were led directly to a large empty table, all the places around us filled up in fairly short order with booked guests.
Nevertheless, we were attended impeccably, with staff spiriting away bags, coats and even a bike wheel to the cloakroom as we were seated without a even a flicker of the eyebrow.
The food itself was a delight. My full English breakfast had possibly the best bacon yet seen on a Breakfast Wednesday, and the sausage was excellent. A generous portion of moist and delicious black pudding accompanied, and the tomato was full of flavour, and cooked just to the right degree. The mushrooms were juicy and good-sized. But the true standout must be the centrepiece double fried egg that came as close to both aesthetic and culinary perfection as I have ever seen on a breakfast table.
Other breakfasts sampled included the omlette and waffles with bacon and maple syrup. The latter presented the only glitch, arriving at first without any sign of the promised maple syrup. This arrived five minutes later in the slightly incongruous form of a suited waiter squeezing indecorously on a blue plastic sauce bottle. Still, better late than never.
Overall Lutyens provided a very satisfactory breakfast experience. That said it’s not an experience you’ll want to try out with a light wallet .. and for a similar price, I think I would probably sooner go back to the Cinnamon Club. Nevertheless, Lutyens did not disappoint, and I would happily recommend it.