Food: Brunch at Gusto, Knutsford, Review

Brunch has got to be my favourite meal of the day, but realistically, how often do we celebrate a good old brunch? For me, it might happen every last Sunday of the month. Or, I might randomly arrange a coffee and catch up meeting with my friends on a Saturday morning, and we end up treating ourselves to a delicious brunch instead.

That’s what happened recently when I set off to Knutsford with two of my gal pals for a long overdue catch-up. We decided to pick somewhere quite classy and special for our 11 am Saturday meet up. In which we chose no other than Gusto

I can’t tell you how much I love Cheshire – I’m so lucky to live on the border of it. And as it’s such a huge place, I tend to flit between Knutsford and Alderley Edge, to other places like Poynton and Congleton. I find Cheshire a real hidden gem for having the nicest, most glamorous restaurants and bars for girly meet ups.

So on this occasion, I headed to Gusto in Knutsford to take advantage of their brunch offering…

I kicked off with an Iced Latte with soya milk whilst waiting for the girls to arrive. Brunch is served across Gusto restaurants from 9am until 11.45am, so we caught the later end of it with an 11am booking.

I decided to start with my delicious Iced Latte, and then when the girls arrived, it would be time to pick a delicious brunch cocktail. That’s only to be expected on a girls brunch date, right?

My choice was made very easy: the Breakfast Martini was literally screaming at me to pick it. The gin based cocktail is a slight twist on the popular Pornstar Martini, but with Tanqueray Sevilla Gin, Aperol, Orange Juice, Prosecco, Passion Fruit and Lemon Juice. So it comes with a little shot of Prosecco, in the style of the Pornstar Martini.

It also looks very much like the Pornstar Martini, as you can see below!

So… what did we go for from the Brunch menu? And more importantly, what did I think of the brunch menu?

Well, in a nutshell, it’s a very extensive menu in terms of covering off all your traditional Breakfast favourites, with an array of unique ‘brunch style’ items too. You’ve got all the key favourites, you know like the ‘fail safes’ – Full English Breakfast, Vegetarian Breakfast, but the one which caught my eye was the Breakfast Rosti with Ragu and Fried Eggs. It’s literally a homemade crispy potato rosti with oregano, topped with a 3-meat, 5 hour slow-cooked ragu topped with a fried egg.

Sounds delicious!

As well as those traditional faves, you can get some really comforting brunch foods, like Cheesy Beans on Toast, and Nutella Pancakes. Gimme.

However, I was more intrigued at the more unique Brunch dishes I spied on the menu. I won’t lie, I almost went for the Avocado ‘Burger’, featuring smoked salmon, lemon and cream cheese ‘sandwiched’ inside avocado, purely for the Instagram moment. But then I read down the menu a little further and got intrigued at the savoury pancake offerings!

I noticed under the Homemade Pancake section, there was a Smoked Haddock, Spinach and Creamed Leek stuffed pancake glazed with Hollandaise Sauce. I loved a bit of smoked haddock, so decided to pick this one as my brunch meal.

Just look how pretty the presentation of it is. It was literally too good to eat (well, almost, because I was hungry and really wanted to took in). Don’t you just love having food which is so photogenic?!

My friends opted for the Eggs Benedict and the Full English Breakfast. All our meals were large enough portions for our 11 am brunch meet-up, washed down with deliciously sweet cocktails and iced coffees.

And in terms of price, the brunch prices reflected what I already expected from Gusto. My homemade pancakes with smoked haddock were priced at £8.95, which for a large fish dish was reasonable.

There’s a nice warm ambience in Gusto at that time of day, catching the people there for breakfast, and those coming in for early lunch.

If you’re looking for a brunch spot in Cheshire, I would totally recommend Gusto in Knutsford. A place I considered mainly for dinner, and for when I fancied a good quality Italian meal, has really impressed me with their brunch offering…

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