So I try to be a little bit more discerning these days to avoid such places. I wasn't so sure about The Alchemist to be honest. The only thing I knew about this place was that it was a glitzy glamorous bar (somewhere I'd normally avoid) and that it's owned by Living Ventures as part of their Spinningfields empire.
The Alchemist turned out to be one of the surprising good ones and a brilliant opportunity to visit somewhere I never would do apart from this website. Yes, all the usual interior design suspects were there, the lighting, the booths, the exposed pipework etc but it was beautifully done and we sat down in the corner by the window. Rather boringly everything we had was totally spot on and without fault whatsoever including the service.
Mrs Bacon was very pleased with her Eggs Royale, 2 poached eggs, salmon, English muffin and hollandaise sauce (£6.75). I had half and agreed, it was perfect.
The Living Ventures group have their fans and their critics, and although I've liked some places more than others, this place again proves to me that more often than not, you can expect a well run restaurant and a fairly decent standard. I guess that's why they're so successful and reported sales of almost £50 million last year. It might be a different case for their other food here, I've not tried that, but for breakfast it was top marks for all, no faults to report.