The Big Chill House is a very large, trendy pub not too far from Kings Cross station. Really, one might call it a part of an empire. There’s the Big Chill festival, of course, the Big Chill record label and The Big Chill Bar (London and Bristol). Together, they form the embodiment of, well, what it means to be cool, but not too cool. Perhaps that why they went for the ‘chill’ theme.
DQ and I went for an admittedly rushed breakfast before having to pick our friends up from the train station. Huge windows mean that on a bright and sunny day, the atmosphere is really quite pleasant and light, despite the heavy fabrics and dark colours used for decoration.
The menu, mostly a combination of British and American items, was fairly basic. DQ went for the Full English (£7.50), which with its light and fluffy scrambled eggs and streaky bacon was a hit.
I was less enthused with my French Toast (£3.75), however. Even though I ordered it with all of the syrup and butter on the side, it came out of the kitchen clearly having been drenched with the stuff and sitting under a heat lamp for quite some time, making it an overly sweet, soggy mess.
Luckily the edges – the only part not swimming in syrup – were delicious and crispy, which makes me think if they had got the order right, it would have been fantastic.
I get the impression breakfast is a new thing for The Big Chill House. It’s quite competitively priced and the staff were very friendly (although our meals took AGES to come out). But that said, I think they’re doing some good things on the whole.
Give them a bit of time to work out the kinks, and The Big Chill House’s breakfast could be a great start to the morning.
Full disclosure: I was given a voucher from The Big Chill House to come in and try their breakfasts at my leisure. My experience was ‘off the street’ and thus, anonymous. This review reflects my true opinions on the food and service provided