Brunching on a barge Aussie-style isn't what I typically get up to on the weekend. But, when I heard that the brains behind Ziggy Green in Mayfair and Soho's Scarlett Green had opened Peggy Jean, a floating restaurant in Richmond, I was very excited. Flaunting a two-course bottomless brunch menu (£48.90 per person), made up of Antipodean-inspired plates, accompanied by free-flowing mimosas, this hotspot is definitely upping the brekky game. So, is it more than just a pretty face? Read to find out.
Moored up on the north bank by Richmond Bridge, this former Jesus College boat has stunning views of the water and the surrounding greenery. As we stepped onto this riverside retreat, we were met with fairy lights, potted plants and a plethora of peachy scallop-edged parasols, which really offered first-class alfresco vibes. We made our way up to our gorgeous booth on the top deck, where we feasted our eyes on the droolworthy brunch menu and got going with our 90 minutes of unlimited bubbles.
First up? The savoury dishes. I sunk my teeth into The Bondi, a fry-up-style plate made up of back bacon, poached eggs, avocado, chilli sausage, mushrooms, spicy pesto and activated charcoal sourdough... that was a mouthful (literally). This was the first time I had ever tried a proper cooked breakfast out, as I'm usually not drawn to them, but this was epic. Not only were the eggs perfectly oozy, but the whole plate had a great balance of spice, texture and flavours. My date chose the Fancy Bacon Roll, and boy, it was lavish. Topped with poached eggs, crispy onions, paratha roti and a healthy amount of the signature holy f*ck hollandaise which had a real kick to it, this was anything but basic.
After quaffing a few more glasses of prosecco, we were onto something sweet. I delved into the indulgent Golden Gaytime Pancakes with milk chocolate ganache, malt crumble, whipped mascarpone, salted caramel and a tuile for garnish. These were so moreish, but also very filling (especially after the hearty first course). I really loved the range of textures, although it was in need of something a little sharp to cut through the richness. My other half opted for the buttermilk blueberry pancakes, covered in sweet berries, mascarpone and a warm maple drizzle, which were by far the star of the show. These were fluffy, flavourful and luscious - absolutely faultless.
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Peggy Jean was everything that I expected, and more. I really loved the combination of Aussie-inspired sweet and savoury dishes, alongside the swoon-worthy views from the historic barge. Although, on the drinks front, I would have liked something a little more exciting for the bottomless booze, as we only had an option of orange juice to add to our bubbles.
💰 The damage: £97.80, excluding service charge.
📍 The location: The Boat, Bridge Boathouses, Riverside, Richmond TW9 1TH.
👌 Perfect for: Brunching and sunset dinners.
⭐ Need to know: This hotspot is dog-friendly and offers cosy beds for your pooch.
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