Like a moth to the flame, a cat to catnip or chocolate cake to Bruce Bogtrotter, you only have to say the words ‘bottomless margarita’, and I will travel pretty much anywhere in the country. Fortunately, on this occasion I only had to go to Battersea for Cartel’s Bottomless Tequila Brunch.
The clapboard-wooden venue brings the streets of Mexico to life with strings of fairy lights and exposed brick walls. Large groups were spread over tables with several birthday parties dressed in sombreros and music was provided by a solo guitarist, putting an acoustic spin on chart hits. Unlike other venues, you get up to grab your drinks, meaning none of the awkwardly trying to stare your waiter out every time glasses only have an inch of bubbly.
Brunch is a pretty simple affair with food that is inspired by traditional Mexican eating. Fried nachos with a tangy tomato sauce kicked off the afternoon, before we worked our way through two breakfast tacos topped with eggs, chorizo, mushrooms and bacon. With a choice between bottomless bubbly and frozen margaritas, we were pretty full by the time four sugar-sprinkled churros arrived, though drizzled in chocolate, they proved too good to resist.
Fun, packed full of rowdy groups and with ramped-up music, Cartel is great if you’re in the mood to party early on a Saturday. With a designated time slot of 1.15 - 3.15pm, it also means everyone is drinking and eating at the same time, creating a sense of camaraderie - all the day drinkers, raise your glass, I’ve found another bottomless brunch place to mess up your Saturday afternoons.
Bottomless Tequila Brunch takes place at Cartel Battersea, 517-519 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BN from 1 - 3.30pm on Saturdays. Tickets cost £35 and can be purchased here.