DARCIE & MAY GREEN, PADDINGTON

Weekends were made for long, lazy brunches, and the Daisy Green Collection is definitely high on the list of places that serve the best brunches in London. Founded by Australian-born Prue Freeman, the Daisy Green Collection that first launched in 2012 now extends across seven Central London locations, each providing a unique, authentic and uplifting Australian experience.

I love art as much as I love food, and so I was excited to check out Darcie & May Green – their dazzling new restaurant and bar barges at Paddington Central on the Grand Union Canal, which have been designed exclusively by legendary British pop artist Peter Blake. We spotted them just as we were walking out of the station, their eye-catching design and colours capturing the attention of passersby alike.

The restaurant is located in Darcie Green that provides the perfect setting for canal side dining, serving Aussie brunch, healthy lunch and relaxing dinners. Their Antipodean-inspired menu always gets my mouth watering, and after contemplating whether to get a sweet or savoury option, I decided on the latter – the Fancy Bacon Roll, which was paratha roti filled with crispy poached eggs, back bacon, and finished off with the (legendary) Ribman’s holy f*ck hollandaise. I loved it the last time I had it at their Little Venice branch, and it tasted just as good as I remembered.

The Bondi was their take on the Full English breakfast – hearty portions of back bacon, poached eggs, sausage, mushrooms, house made chilli pesto, avocado, charcoal bread. Mum and I really enjoyed that chilli pesto, I would happily smother it all over my food …

I obviously had to get mum to try their sumptuous award-winning banana bread sandwich, topped with mascarpone, fresh berries, flaked almonds, and a drizzle of honey. So soft, squidgy, and indulgently good for the soul … although not so much for the waistline. One of the best banana breads that I’ve had and the perfect way to end our meal on a sweet note.

We also popped over to May Green next door, which was designed as a floating bar & coffee shop. There is also a handy section where you can read a bit about the history of the area and the people, as well as information on things to do around Paddington. It opens from the early hours of the morning (perfect for your morning takeaway coffee) to the late hours of the evening, serving local craft beers on tap alongside live music – check out their website for further details.

The two boats share a combined 50 metre upper deck overlooking the Grand Union Canal, which would be perfect for the summer months – only a few more months before we can shrug off those winter coats and slip into summer-y dresses!

I already can’t wait to head back to try their all-day menu – I have been craving those halloumi fries for the longest time …

The Cheekster, signing out x

* I was invited as a guest to review.

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