We love breakfast here at Veruca Salt, well we love most meals of the day, but traditionally breakfast should be your main meal, full of hearty goodness to keep you going until tea-time. With that in mind we can simply think of nowhere better to sit down for the first meal of the day than The Wolseley on London’s Piccadilly, hence they make our Iconic list this week.
It wasn’t actually until 2003, after Chris Cobin and Jeremy King secured the site, that a restoration was given to the Piccadilly property and The Wolseley was born. And what a birth it was!
The upper class establishment quickly became famous for its breakfast fare, serving everything from warm and delicate croissants (made in the kitchen daily) to decadent eggs Benedict and caviar omelette. The Wolseley became THE venue of choice for the business gent, offering an exceptional meal in an exquisite environment – a truly unique experience.
The Wolseley building was actually commissioned back in 1921 by Wolseley Motor’s Limited, who contracted William Curtis Green to create a luxurious space with an Eastern exotic feel to use as a car show room (!). Sadly, after just 5 years, the vehicle company went bust due to lack of sales, but thankfully Barclays Bank were quick off the mark and acquired the premises a year later. Impressed with the work completed by Green, Barclays commissioned him to further develop the Eastern lacquer theme, along with custom designing some much needed items, such as a post box and a stamp machine – both of which are still on view in The Wolseley today.
But back to the food…mouth-watering staples that are sure to set you up for the day ahead. Our favourites are the delicious Beef Hash with Fried Egg and the Caviar Omlette. But don’t take our word for it, just ask revered food and restaurant critic AA Gill, he loves it here so much, back in 2008 he wrote a book simply titled ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’. You can’t get a better review than that!
Book yourself in for breakfast grandiose – The Wolseley.