Bumpkin serves British food that is ethically sourced. Bumpkin is a popular restaurant with locations in South Kensington, Chelsea, Notting Hill, and in Westfield. The best time to go to Bumpkin is around 11 AM, its buzzing with people by noon. The food is apparently seasonal British, but I have never seen the menu change in the few months that I have frequented the South Kensington location. It is a casual restaurant to go to for brunch, especially with kids – they have a special Kids menu as well (before or after a visit to the Science Museum or the Natural History Museum). Service is courteous, although it can be more attentive (they forget to bring a dish for almost an hour, despite a few reminders) and can be more accommodating (e.g., when you ask for a juice to be served in a shorter glass, they say it cannot be done, really??)
At brunch, the egg dishes are standard, while the frittata (mushroom, tomato and onion) made with egg-whites was particularly better than the other dishes. If you need something with egg-whites, the behave as though they have never heard the request before, offer to check with the chef and are gone for a long while before they confirm that it can be made. The egg-white frittata was certainly worth the wait.
The flat breads are extremely appealing on the menu, but leave a lot to be desired for on the flavour dimension. Bumpkin offers many sides, most of which are vegetarian. The broccoli with toasted almonds, shallots and garlic was very nicely done, although it would have been better with some salt. The sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream was as good as a sticky toffee pudding that you would get anywhere in London.
Bumpkin is a restaurant to go to for convenience (especially as a large group or with kids before or after a visit to the Science Museum or the Natural History Museum), not necessarily for the best dishes. I would rather go to Tom’s Kitchen (in Chelsea, not too far from Bumpkin) for an excellent brunch.
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