Rather embarrassingly even though I have been in London for almost three years now anything above Kings Cross is a total blank. I can rationally sit back and understand that there are people who live in North London, that there are successful businesses and fun things a plenty…but on my map of London the north is still just a grey blob.
I once went above the Kings Cross dividing line, a friend had just moved to Tufnell Park and we were going to meet up for brunch. Given my 100% lack of knowledge about brunch places near there I went to Google to try and find the answer. Unfortunately Google failed me and we ended up a wholly dissatisfying brunch spot with soggy hash-browns, weak coffee and an owner that ran round making mountains out of molehills. If only I had found Q-Grill, if only.
The lovely Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi was invited by Q-Grill to try their new weekend brunch offering. She informed them that much like a guide dog, she had to bring me with her as her brunch companion. I was house trained, could jump through flaming hoops and leaving me at home could bring a brunching disaster. Faced with that sort of pressure the PR at Q-Grill couldn’t help but acquiesce to her request. Slight pause here to just say how amazing Emma is, she always thinking about other bloggers and sharing the opportunities that her hard work has brought. Emma you are a star.
Back onto Q-Grill though, oh how I wish that I had discovered it before my Google fail. The Q-Grill is a BBQ restaurant just past the hustle of Camden Markets. On my original search I had discounted it because it didn’t look like a brunch spot, and even now you have to click a fair few times on their website before finding a mention of brunch. Now that I know where it is however, I finally have a pin in the blankness of the north.
What I liked about Q-Grill is that (mostly because it is a restaurant not a cafe) it feels so different. Its all leather and rust and make your own Bloody Marys. Yes you read that right, they have a bar set up so you can make your own Bloody Mary to your exacting tastes. Now I am not a fan of savory cocktails so I didn’t give it a go, but I loved the concept. Fair warning to any brunch spot doing the same with gin I will visit and then never never leave.
My only gripe with Q-Grill is that they promised a ‘Q twist’ on the brunch classics…but what I saw it was just normal brunch. Not that it wasn’t delicious, but I was looking for a BBQ twist on each of the dishes rather than just the Full English (which comes with ribs). I went with a half size Eggs Benedict, I was going straight to Afternoon Tea at the Conrad so seriously appreciated the option of a smaller size. tasty bacon, soft English muffin and perfectly cooked eggs – add a strong Flat White and you have a really good brunch.
Q-Grill is well worth a stop if you are heading for the madness of Camden, next time I visit I want to try the full BBQ.