True to my word, I returned to The Factory Kitchen to sample their brunch offering. It was Easter Sunday and the sun (yes, you heard me correctly) was shining through the windows into the minimal space and onto its wooden tabletops. Allowing me - for once - to post totally un-filtered photos. The Factory Kitchen believes that fresh, home cooked and seasonal is best. And who can argue with that?!
They claim to have designed a menu that's all about simplicity of flavour, but what I got was a big fat mouthful of sumptuous, foodie satisfaction. The combination of the dense, wheaty rye bread; whipped cream cheese and sour, salty capers and pickled cucumber was enough to make my mouth water and my taste-buds tingle.
The salmon was lightly smoked and super fresh, which was perfectly offset by the rocket's peppery spice. Despite the natural ingredients, this was a properly comforting plate of food. A sweet, frothy, speciality caramel latte alongside and all of my senses were satiated.
Over the table from me, I could spy my crew of brunch companions' plates. Next to me, Mark had firmly decided on the millennial favourite - you've guessed it! - avocado toast. But, being the meat lover he is, opted for the dry cured bacon addition, which was thick and crispy. The dish was served with flax seeds, hazelnut dukkah and a silky, soft poached egg. The runny, sunny kind.
Across from me, the Geordie-originated Stottie was ordered. The hefty disc of bread was topped with crispy bacon and a fried egg. Which, I took from the recipient's silence was as good as it looked. My dad chose the Eggs Royale; poached eggs with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce on a toasted English muffin. An oldie, but a goodie. (The dish, not dad.)
And what could better top off a beautifully civilised brunch than a mooch round the building's gallery space? Or help to budge a few bacon calories. The Biscuit Factory's exposed brick walls and ceiling beams were even more alluring with a dapple of winter sun and despite what felt like an early-rouser for us following the Bank Holiday celebrations, the gallery was flecked with pensive visitors.
Next time you're looking for a new brunchery to experience, I really recommend The Factory Kitchen. Lush surroundings, lush food and - hey - a bit of art never hurt anyone! Give your culture buds a treat and try this stylish spot for coffee catch-ups, book clubs (there are even books to buy if you don't bring your own) or just a big, bacon-bap kinda morning.
Let me know what you think!