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Sal’s Kitchen reviews… Brunch at Sweet Little Things

You may remember that last summer, I visited the newly-opened Sweet Little Things for afternoon tea, and was sent into a swoon by their gorgeously Instagrammable interiors (not to mention the cake). Recently I went back to try their brand-new brunch menu and to check out what they’ve done with the place since, including the opening of their new downstairs space for parties and events…

Pretty pink details are everywhere at Sweet Little Things

As you might expect from a place that has fast become one of Bath’s most popular spots for hen parties and baby showers (bookings for those are already pouring in as much as a year in advance), Sweet Little Things is as pretty as an Instagram picture, decorated in delicate pastel shades and a million flowers. It’s unashamed to be a slice of Insta heaven, balancing traditional tearoom touches – charming floral-patterned china, candy-striped wallpaper, soft pink velvet armchairs – with funky modern details, including splashes of hot-pink neon and their now-famous flower walls. It’s fresh, fabulous and full of character, not to mention photo opportunities – like the swing in the new downstairs space, twined with blooming fabric roses, straight out of a picture-book fairy tale. I defy you to resist a selfie.

A modern brunch classic: smashed avo with bacon and poached eggs

Of course, there’s no point in going into raptures over the décor if the food isn’t up to scratch, so while we were there we tucked into the new brunch menu. There’s something to please everyone, from smoothie bowls to the SLT full English, but I went for a modern brunch classic, smashed avocado on toast with poached eggs, bacon and chilli, washed down with a berry smoothie, both of which were delicious – the eggs in particular were perfectly cooked, with none of the disappointing rubbery texture or vinegar tang you so often get in a poached egg, and there was just the right amount of chilli to warm the whole thing up. My dining companion, meanwhile, ordered eggs Benedict, which comes (I just love this) with pink hollandaise. Only at Sweet Little Things. The colour is entirely natural, we were assured, but as to the exact details – a magician never reveals her secrets. My dining companion did say that it didn’t add anything to the flavour (I’d have to agree), but she enjoyed the dish overall, and there’s no denying it makes quite an impression when it comes to the table!

Eggs Benedict with pink hollandaise – natch

Other menu highlights include the pancakes, which – as at Sweet Little Things’ sister establishment, Café au Lait – are a bit of a showstopper, gorgeously thick, light and fluffy and generously piled with toppings (my favourite is the dark chocolate sauce and fresh banana). They’re available in vegan and GF options too, which is a nice touch (Sweet Little Things is particularly friendly to those with restricted diets, with plenty of vegan and GF cakes too). Just don’t make the mistake I did, and think that you can get away with making them part of a two-course meal as a sort of ‘brunch dessert’ – you’ll need all the space you can muster to take on these beauties…

Selfie heaven – who doesn’t want to sit here and pretend to be a princess in a fairytale?

To sum up, Sweet Little Things has all the crucial ingredients for brunch – plenty of tempting options for everyone, acceptable ‘breakfast booze’ like prosecco and mimosas, a gorgeous space that will invite you to linger and pics that’ll make your socials sparkle. What more could you want?

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