Review: Bottomless brunch at Slug & Lettuce, Newcastle Quayside

I’ve done a Slug & Lettuce bottomless brunch before and I wasn’t all that impressed; there was a large group of us and although the staff did their best to keep us topped up, they were just rushed off their feet with other groups too and I made a poor menu choice of smashed avo and eggs which just didn’t fill me up enough – that’s my fault though not theirs.

One thing I’ve learnt from our recent bottomless brunch exploits is that some places really lean in to the ‘brunch’ element than others. At the Slug & Lettuce it’s very much the case as the menu offers things like eggs benedict, smashed avo on toast and pancakes, which, nice as they are, we had booked for 5.30pm on a Friday so wasn’t so much in the mood for a full English. To be fair though, there is one bacon cheeseburger option, which is what Ang went for, and I opted for the avocado toast (honestly, I never learn!) but I did also order a side of fries to add some extra stodge.

It’s £35.95 per person for two hours and from the second we sat down we were offered a bottle of prosecco which we were able to just have on the table and control our own distribution. I much prefer this to having my glass topped up by staff, it’s probably easier for them too I imagine. On top of that though there’s also a selection of cocktails you can order alongside; Woo Woos, Sex on the Beach, Aperol Spritz, Bloody Mary, Mimosa and Tequila Sunrise or a spirit; Gordon’s gin, vodka or rum and associated mixer or pints of Amstel. I mean, what else could you really want? If, however, that’s not enough you can upgrade to include Pornstar and Espresso martinis or jugs of sangria for an extra £10 per person – and everybody in your party must upgrade too.

Service was absolutely spot on at the Quayside branch and in fact, was so attentive that towards the end we were turning rounds of drinks down, not something I think I’ve ever done before at a bottomless brunch!

I’ve not had great experiences with bottomless brunches in chain restaurants before, I tend to find the more independent chains do it way better, however I can’t fault Slug & Lettuce on this occasion, other than it probably would be nice if you didn’t have to pay extra for chips if you want some!

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