I have now returned from honeymoon and normal service will soon resume with a mixture of posts about my adventures on honeymoon as well as regular London updates. Meanwhile, here is a post I wrote before going on honeymoon so I can recover from my jet lag!!
I always find it hard to book a restaurant that accommodates all my families requirements.
1. My dad has to have big portions
2. I have to have good quality food
3. My mum is very specific about what she likes to eat
4. My sister needs somewhere child-friendly for my little nephew, Charlie.
They don’t make it easy!!
Blue Boar Smokehouse in the Intercontinental Westminster seemed the perfect solution to all our dietary requirements.
The family had come to London to keep me company on Sunday while Mr Silver was away on his stag do so a good Sunday brunch was the order of the day!
With it’s dark wood interior and brown leather banquettes, Blue Boar has a very masculine and sexy feel to it.
For your refreshment / hangover Blue Boar Smokehouse provides unlimited Bucks Fizz and Bloody Mary. Me and my mum weren’t drinking but my sister and dad enjoyed numerous top ups!!
Brunch started with sliced pitta bread and melted cheese…well you can’t really go wrong can you? And little Charlie loved the bread soldiers.
The brunch selection is smaller than the a la carte but there still a wide variety of choice to suit my fussy family!
Like Mr Silver, my dad loves ribs! And Blue Boar give a hearty offering. The ribs are actually one Blue Boar’s signature dishes. The restaurant sources the best ingredients and everything is cooked in the on-site charcoal and smoking ovens.
My dad loved his ribs and happily ate them getting sauce all over his face and hands!
Jen, my big sis, choose a surf and turf option of ribs, scotch bonnet chicken wings and marinated jumbo prawns. As you can the portion size was generous and could have been a main course. Jen loved the smoky and spicy flavour of her meat and seafood dish.
Avoiding the meat altogether my mum and I chose smoked salmon and grilled sardines. The dish should include potted crab but neither of us like it so we asked for it without. They were very accommodating in replacing mine with extra salmon and my mum’s with extra sardines.
Our fishy dish was delicious and the salmon was firm and not too greasy, just how I like it!
Little Charlie enjoyed his kiddies fish and chips.
Main courses also take inspiration from American pit-masters but retain a British influence and use British seasonal ingredients.
My dad was in heaven with his big portion of pulled pork shoulder served with sage and onion rolls, smoky baked beans, coleslaw and homemade pickles.
The ladies of the family all chose the same.
Sea bass with tomato, salsify and garlic cooked in the Josper oven. The sea bass was perfectly cooked and we all loved the sun-dried tomato salsa that accompanied it.
The absolute highlight of the Blue Boar Smokehouse brunch is the dessert buffet. Here it in all its glory:
As you can see it was sweet treats galore!!
The fabulous Blue Boar brunch includes unlimited Bloody Mary and Bucks Fizz, bread and dips, and three courses, all of a portion size to suit my dad! And at £35 each I think it’s incredible value for money.
EDIT: The Intercontinental Westminster has now rebranded as the Conrad
Blue Boar Smokehouse and Bar
45 Tothill Street
020 3301 1400