It’s been a hot minute since I’ve actually written a blogpost. I guess the various lockdowns over the last 18 months or so meant not venturing anywhere very exciting (like most of us). I’ve not been feeling the most inspired or creative recently but hopefully now I’ll find joy in writing again.
I’m not about to commit to a rhythm of two posts a week like before… but would love you to stick around and see where the blog goes over the next wee while. Let me know if there’s anything specific you would like to see me post about.
On Saturday, I had the best day catching up with my friend Eilidh for brunch. For months we had talked about going to The Ivy or maybe the Spiritualist or somewhere for dinner and drinks as a belated birthday catch up. A friend of mine had recommended Derby Lane which opened in July. With an amazing All Day Brunch menu and incredible looking cocktails, Derby Lane is definitely worth a visit. We decided to head there for brunch as it’s one of Eilidh’s many locals and neither of us had been before. I’m so glad we did… If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out.
I was actually early for once! Those who know me well, know that never happens but it meant I got to take some photos of the gram worthy location before Eilidh arrived.
Welcome to Derby Lane
On arrival, I was welcomed and seated by one of the Derby Lane team. As it was quiet, I mentioned that I had a blog and they said I arrived in perfect time to get some photos before it got busy with bookings.
From a wisteria tree as the focal point in the centre of the bar, a neon sign that reads ‘#keepitontheDL’ hanging on the exposed brick wall, Derby Lane holds a balance of contemporary and chic within the listed building that it occupies.
I was advised to take my phone with me when I went to the ladies as it would be worth a photo or two… it was definitely worth it for being able to snap some #ootd mirror selfies.
The menu had so much choice, everything from Benedicts and Baked Eggs to a Scottish Breakfast or Lobster Roll, there’s something for everyone (including granola for those who prefer that kind of thing)… we both chose Baked Eggs Royale – oven baked in a cast iron skillet, served with toasted bloomer soldiers and fresh hollandaise. Great minds think alike.
The food was amazing, I loved having the baked eggs served in the cast iron skillet, not just cooked in one and plated up.
First up, I was in need of a caffeine fix so an oat milk latte was the order of the day.
For the all important cocktails, I chose ‘Red Snapper’ from the brunch cocktails. I do like a bloody mary, but prefer gin based cocktails so this was right up my street. Made with Pickering’s 1947 Gin, Derby Lane’s Secret Spice Mix, Tomato Juice, Lemon and Hot Sauce. It was incredible.
Eilidh went for ‘We Brunchin?’ made with Hendricks Gin, Cointreau, Pomegranate and Bubbles. I forgot to snap a photo but it looked fab.
We decided to share a cocktail – Full Moon Tea Party made with Hendricks Lunar Gin, Falernum, elderflower Liqueur, Lemon, Orange and Cold Brew Earl Grey Tea. It came served in a gorgeous tea pot with matching tea cups. This was a refreshing cocktail and reminded me of sipping cocktails on the beach in Thailand (take me back!).
As we had finished our food, we were asked if we would mind moving table to the bar area so the team could set up for a large table arriving. It was no problem, we were finishing our Full Moon Tea Party and decided to order another drink… Our final cocktail had to be a classic and a caffeine boost… an espresso martini, we were given the choice of the DL Espresso Rumtini or a classic espresso martini… it had to be the original.
While sitting in the bar area, we chatted a bit to the bar and waiting staff, we watched them make cocktails and use dry ice to chill the champagne (that was impressive). It was great to see the team work well together and have a laugh.
I’ve been to my fair share of bars and restaurants in and around Glasgow over the years and a few things stood out to me about Derby Lane… the quality of food and drinks were amazing, but more than that, the staff team create a great atmosphere… they were a joy to be around. They entertained us with the dry ice as they made cocktails and took the time to have a bit of chat when they served us despite being busy. For some of them it was their first few days in the job and they did so well.
Looking forward to going back again soon.
Have you been to Derby Lane yet? What food or cocktails did you have? Let me know in the comments so I can try something different next time.
Hope you have a great week.