Two months ago I had an epic brunch date with my friends at The Pantry in Hazlemere, a suburb of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. It wasn’t the first time that I travelled the distance in search for a good brunch and I am sure it won’t be the last either!
My dear friends Sam and Hannah live in Buckinghamshire and are regulars at the Pantry. They have been talking about their brunch and coffee ever since the café / deli opened two years ago. Sam also blogged about it here and took the beautiful photos you can see on their website! Yes, I have talented friends… :)
Finding specialty coffee outside big cities like London, coffee that is brewed by skilled baristas using quality beans from independent roasters, is not easy. Whenever I’m in the countryside I usually swap my coffees with teas.
But at the Pantry I had a really good flat white and a macchiato (though unfortunately they didn’t make my favourite espresso drink, the cortado).
Espressos are made with a shiny white La Marzocco machine and are served in the very hipster pastel blue and green cups. A common sight in London, but probably not so much in Hazlemere!
The food was amazing and definitely on a par with London’s best brunch spots.
The Pantry Fry was a winner: sausages, bacon, eggs, butter-fried mushrooms, potato rosti, black pudding, plum tomatoes with red onion, toast & butter.
The Baked Eggs with cholula ragu, chorizo, creme fraiche, coriander and toasted sourdough looked and tasted delicious!
The prize for best looking dish went to Something Without Hollandaise: poached eggs, asparagus spears, prosciutto, grated Parmigiano on sourdough.
I opted for a more traditional choice and treated myself to Eggs Royale with smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on grain sourdough.
My husband kept it vegetarian with Lime Corn Fritters with halloumi, pea shoots, tomato & shallot salsa, avocado and pimenton sour cream (he asked for the streaky bacon to be replaced with mushrooms).
We took over the café for a few hours, roaming around taking pictures and pointing fingers at all the pretty cakes on the counter. Their baked goods are made daily in their pastry kitchen and the cakes change daily.
We drank several coffees and ate loads of yummy food, I even received a complimentary slice of Walnut Cake with Praline frosting to take away as an apology as my food was served later than everybody else’s. A nice touch and totally unexpected.
Thanks to the Pantry for the great meal and service! Highly recommended if you live in the area obviously, but also if you live in London and want to do a day trip to the countryside and experience something different.