Sunday Brunch at Hotbox

Something monumental has happened.

Yesterday I had the best brunch I’ve ever had in London!

I know, I know, I couldn’t believe it either! For some reason the newspapers haven’t picked up on this astonishing news yet (slackers), so I’ll give you the scoop.

Hotbox is Shoreditch’s newest hot spot.

Ever since my trip to Lockheart’s in Dallas I have been praying for great BBQ in London so was pretty excited to check it out.

Starting, as all good British stories do, with tea.

The whole brunch thing is new to Hotbox. Until recently they’ve only been open for suppers.

But they’re not letting inexperience daunt them! Smashing expectations with a “Liquid Brunch” offer of unlimited prosecco, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for £25.

There are 5 variations of Bloody Mary’s on offer.

Our favourites were the Green Mary:-

Classic base mixed with chimichurri, jalapeño Tabasco and a cucumber spear.

And the Spicy Mary:-

Classic base, with horseradish and a chilli salt rim.

Closely followed by the Smokey Mary:- A whisky base with smoked pork jus and smoked salt.

Just the wake up you need on a frosty Sunday morning!

We couldn’t resist getting down and dirty with the menu, so ordered the lot.

Chicken ‘n’ waffles, huevos rancheros, pork belly eggs Benedict, truffle egg toast.

The eggs Benni are sublime. The smoked pork belly goes so well with the sharp, rich hollandaise. It’s an incredibly decadent dish.

The chicken and waffles are perfectly cooked and a classic combo.

It’s all just so very… Instagramable! (You can follow M here. He’d love it if you did!)

The huevos are fresh, zingy, gently spicy and very moreish.

But the truffle toast…. oh the truffle toast.

Just look at that runny egg yolk cascading from the toast, freeing itself from that layer of molten fontina cheese and nibble-able asparagus.

A thing of beauty.

Having nailed the first round, we moved on to the second.

Skillet smoked hash, buttermilk pancakes with bacon, buttermilk pancakes with berries

The skillet hash is ok. Ours didn’t have as much meat as we’d hoped, which is always upsetting.

The berry pancakes more than make up for it!

Thick, fluffy and comforting. If I could just wrap myself up in one and nibble it slowly, my life would have hit its peak and it would be all down hill from then on.

I’m a sucker for Mexican corn and this does not disappoint.

Salty, fresh, zingy, cheesy, delicious.

The bacon pancakes are hands down the best ‘Murican pancakes I’ve ever had.

I don’t say that lightly.

The avocado toast is delicious and a must-order for any self confessed avodict.

Now to be perfectly honest, we could all have stopped after round two… but we are not quitters! When round three reared its head, we saddled up.

Beef rib tacos, 8hr smoked ribs, brunch burger, bottomless mimosas.

Now, I know I keep hooting on about how great this place is but I can’t help it!

These are some of the best tacos I’ve had this side of The Atlantic.

The ribs aren’t as good, ours were a bit gristly and underdone. But the brunch burger is a true beast.

A filthy hunk-a-love that’s pretty tough to get to grips with, but worth the battle!

Honestly though, all I wanna taco ’bout is these babies.

They come with their own tobacco infused hot sauce.

Drizzle ‘n’ dive!

Meaty, fresh, spicy, rich and muy, muy bueno!

Close your eyes and you could easily be in Cali.

Now, Miles always claims I only take hideous photos of him with his mouthful.

But in my defence, his mouth is always full!

Having stuffed ourselves silly, we settled into a Sunday food coma.

Only to be brought back to life by a waiter offering pudding!

We pulled ourselves together for one last (shared) dish.

The chocolate chilli lava pot, topped with banana ice cream.

The icing on top of a fantastic meal.

As you can probably gather, I thoroughly recommend a trip to Hotbox on a Sunday. It gets busy, so grab a group and book.

Website here.

Now, we might have snuck in a few outfit shots along the way. If you’re only here for the food look away now!

This next bit is exclusively for the fashionphiles, stripe addicts and bag lovers!

Wearing a shearling gilet under my coat is my new secret weapon against the cold. I absolutely loathe feeling cold, so this is a total lifesaver!

Underneath I’m hiding French stripes.

Off the shoulder French stripes! Miss Bardot would be proud.

^Ahem, these were taken before the BBQ food baby.

Super Soft Jeans // Off-Shoulder Striped Top

Blue PeaCoatSimilar // Similar Gilet

Jimmy Choo BootsHighst Versions

Prada Tote // RayBan Sunnies

Pink Nail Polish

^ Never not cracking up when taking outfit photos! One day I’ll take it more seriously, I promise.

Ok, we both know I’m going to break that promise.

Dad jokes and rofls 4 lyf.

After brunch we headed home for naps. I read more of my book and watched Pretty Woman.

Pretty much my ideal Sunday!

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  • Rebecca

    Watching the American Super Bowl with my dog after a long walk in the snow. Not a terrible way to spend an afternoon.

    • Rosie

      I’m so jealous you have snow! We had a smattering in London but nothing stuck 🙁

      • Here in Toronto its been snowing non stop since this morning. So much snow everywhere! BTW I love the french striped top 🙂

  • OMG! Truffle toast and a green mary sound delicious!

    • Rosie

      Winning combo, Kendra!

  • Incredible brunch spread!! I always go for the Eggs Benedict, especially if they’re paired with an unique protein – definitely haven’t seen pork belly before, but it sounds so delicious!

    • Rosie

      God, so good Caroline!! I love an eggs B and this was next level! xx

  • Malu

    Loved the outfit, the food, everything!!!! Beautiful post as always!
    xxx, Malu

    • Rosie

      Thanks Malu!

  • This food looks and sounds divine, especially the pancakes, yum!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    • Rosie

      I can’t stop thinking about those pancakes!

      • I’m visiting London in May and this just skyrocked to the top of my must-see list!

  • Love the sailor top! That food looks so perfect and instgram-able!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

    • Rosie

      Can never resist a good stripe! x

  • This looks HEAVENLY! Fairly sure you would need to roll me home after all that food, but I think I could deal with it for such a good brunch! Love a good recommendation, thanks Rosie!

    P.S That top is perfection – and I’m a major fan of a gilet underneath a coat, been doing it all winter!

    Lauren xx

    • Rosie

      I literally could not look at food for the rest of the day! Breakfast, lunch and dinner rolled into one!
      High five for the gilet brigade! xx

  • Okay normally your food posts look pretty tasty but this is on another level! Although I have absolutely no idea how you managed to eat all of that- it could keep a small family well fed for a week =p I guess there’s just nothing like a Sunday pig out! =D


    • Louise

      I think they share the food between all of them, just trying each dish to review it. No way three people could eat that much food.

      • Rosie

        The four of us shared the lot! I like brunches where you get to nibble on everything, rather than putting all your eggs in one basket/skillet! xx

        • Louise

          Wow I’m impressed….and hungry. Definitely on the ‘places to pig out at after my wedding day when I can eat what I want again’ list.

    • Rosie

      Pig-out indeed! Not a smart day to wear high waisted jeans!

  • Everything you ordered looks amazing! I used to live in Atlanta and really miss the chicken and waffles you can find in the American south. Will definitely have to visit Hotbox when I’m in London next month.

    • Rosie

      I would love to do a proper American tour and try all the southern classics!

      • If you do make it there, be sure to visit Savannah and Charleston. They’re only an hour from each other and they’re my favorite small cities in the South. And they both have amazing food!

  • I’ve just woken up and as you can imagine, my mint and green tea isn’t quite as satisfying as all this deliciousness on my screen. I’ll be sure to try it out and I think I’ll have to try the avocado toast…and maybe the pancakes!

    • Rosie

      Avotoast is always a winner! x

  • Words can not do justice to my food envy!

    Sophie xxx

  • Leanne

    This looks insane – made our booking for Sunday! x

    • Rosie

      Let me know what you think Leanne! x

  • Wow! That looks rather better than my porridge this morning! What an incredible spread!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • The Broke Boy

    holy crap thats the naughtiest post i’ve ever seen! Just as i’m about to eat a crumpet too…ruined now!

    • Rosie

      God I love a crumpet! When all the butter pools into the little holes… what are you pairing it with?
      Raspberry jam is my topping of choice. Or Bovril if I’m in a savoury state.

      • The Broke Boy

        I don’t usually top them, just butter! But when I have I usually go for some marmite! Love it! 😀

  • Please stop, or at least take me for brunch! I think one of my February resolutions will be to dine ‘Londoner Style’. Instead of just ordering just one item from the menu Im’a order everything I fancy and share.

    • Rosie

      It’s the best way to eat! You get to try so many different things that way, and it feels so social! x

  • I feel as if I’ve been sat with you eating all that food, my tummy feels full! What a SPREAD so yummy

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

    • Rosie

      Best comment ever Lauren! xx

  • and here I was pretty chuffed with my apple slices dipped in peanut butter…

    • Rosie

      Oh that does sound pretty good! Fancy bringing some over here?

  • This looks absolutely amazing. I want to eat all of that right now. Thanks for the heads up heading back to the northern hemisphere in March. On The Bucket List. Rosie ( x

    • Rosie

      We’ll have to do a bunch of Rosies at brunch, Rosie! xx

      • That’s a great idea x

  • Don’t catch a cold taking your coat off! Yup! I do sound like my mum! 😉

  • Wow! Truffle toast sounds AMAZING & the avocado toast too! Eggs benedict are my favourites so I would HAVE to order them! Loving the stripes Rosie!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • Rosie

      Truffle anything is good in my book, but this was exceptional! I wish I had some to nibble on now! x

  • The slow pace

    We went out for breakfast (compared to your brunch, it was a light meal), strolled around Bremen’s tiny alleys and went back home for a day under the blankets and a Sillicon Valley marathon. Pretty good Sunday, actually.
    I’ve never found the time to explore Shoreditch but that avocado toast might be a good reason to head there next time I visit London! (soon hopefully!)

    • Rosie

      Oh that sounds perfect, E!
      I never got into Silicon Valley, does it get good? x

      • The slow pace

        It’s not as fun as The Big Bang Theory but it’s quite fun nerdy/geeky staff, just my kind of thing!

  • Food looks incredible ! Definitely need to try this place – thanks for sharing

    • Rosie

      Let me know if you go, Hayley! x

  • Maija

    Ive just booked for next weekend! Looks incredible!

    • Rosie

      Excellent news Maija! Lemme know what you think! x

  • Who’da thunk you could find an even better brunch spot than your gems of past blog posts?! My mind is blown by those eggs! The pesto and hot sauce looks unbelievable. A must visit for next London trip.
    Rosie x
    Living in Thailand on

    • Rosie

      Even my mind was blown, Rosie! I really didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! xx

  • Such good food!! Great post! 🙂

    • Rosie

      Thanks Ellenor! x

  • Kelly Double

    That top is tres belle, I’m such a sucker for a Breton strip (*clicks buy on asos now…*), and cannot wait to get down to Hotbox – I gym near there so it’ll be a perfect post sweat re-fuel!

    KID x

    • Rosie

      Perfect excuse Kelly! x

  • Lucy Birchall

    Bookmarked this so I know where to go the next time I’m in London for a beasty breakfast, OH MY WORD. Everything looks amazing, I can’t believe you guys got through 3 rounds (well, 4 really with that chocolate lava) of food. That’s impressive to say the least.

    She’s So Lucy

    • Rosie

      Afternoon naps were much needed afterwards, Lucy! I think I’d order slightly less next time! x

  • Brunch is my favorite!!! Can’t wait to try this place- always looking for good recommendation as a new Londoner and an American ex-pat (Chicago always had the best brunches!). Follow me and my journey: Thanks for the consideration!

    • Rosie

      You’ll love it D! x

  • Sheila

    Oh how I love your outfit! So classic and cute and sexy all at once.
    And oh how envious I am of that brunch spread. I’m five months pregnant, and my next boozy brunch won’t be for a quite a while.
    xx, Sheila

    • Rosie

      Oh that’s so exciting, congratulations Sheila!
      I have no idea how I’ll (one day) deal with all the pregnancy rules. Can I live without soft cheeses?! Sushi?! I JUST DONT KNOW!!

      • Sheila

        Merci! Oh the restrictions are not fun, not fun at all! I (one day) look forward to a Londoner post on homemade, pregs-friendly, maki. Yuuuuuummm.

        • Michelle

          If you read “Bringing up Bebe,” she talks about discovering French doctors don’t have the restrictions for pregnant mothers apparently. They just advise being sensible about sanitation. I think they fear-mongering for Anglo/ American moms is sometimes a bit much! I have never known anyone to get sick from soft cheese or even sushi, so makes sense to moi 🙂

          • Sheila

            I totally agree! I think that doctors are more and more ultra conservative, just to minimize any possible risk whatsoever, and maybe dodge those malpractice suits.
            I live in France, and will definitely pick up Bringing up Bebe (I just bought French Children don’t Throw Food and love it). My doc here seems pretty conservative for a French doc, but I treat myself now and then to some goodies if I know they come from a spic-n-span kind of place.

  • I’m sold! I’m writing down a trip to Hotbox on my diary now:)))!



    • Rosie

      Let me know what you think G! x

  • OMG this looks divine! I’m booking my Sunday Brunch here asap!

  • Looks like a great place – I absolutely love a Bloody Mary – I really want to try all 5 variations… xx

    • Rosie

      I could murder a green one right now!

  • Well now this puts my breakfast of Puffed Rice to shame. Major breakfast envy happening right now.

  • Isabel Rejto

    spent Sunday in on account of the blizzard conditions in Chicago. Made up for that by watching a Law and Order SVU marathon!

  • This looks amazing. I know you are a meat lover but was there much choice for us veggies?


    • Rosie

      Truffle toast, mushroom tacos, pancakes, avo toast, Mexican corn, huevos rancheros… how much more could you ask for Jo?! xx

      • Ha! When you put it like that 🙂 I guess I just focussed on the meat! That little selection would keep me going… least for a while 😉 xXx

  • Mission for the weekend:must find a good recipe for pork belly eggs benedict.

  • Best brunch in London!? I have to visit here when I am back home from uni! The food does look amazing!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

  • The Spicy Mary looks fabulous. Such colourful food photos!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Queenie Lee

    Oh man, the food looks amazing, as does your outfit! Love the Bardot style top! xx

  • Becca

    I’m seriously hungry now, this looks amaaaazing! Although, bad grammar is my pet peeve, so I have to say, ‘Bloody Mary’s’ needs no apostrophe, it’s just ‘Bloody Marys’ x

  • Karen F

    This post is making me drool! I’m making avacodo toast right now, I wonder what kind kind of cheese is on top of yours?

  • Emma and Emily

    Squeeeel! I will be heading over there as soon as I possibly can. Bottomless drinks on a Sunday? I’m there!

  • Ahhh the food looked delicious! love the idea of wearing a gilet under a coat for extra warmth- definitely going to try it! x

  • Everything looks soooo good! Your Sunday was a lot more productive than mine. I spent it watching The Paradise before travelling back to college.

  • Ah that looks delicious! Everything in those pictures of the food made me want to lick the screen.
    I loved the outfit as well. The laughing ones are always the best! You pull off stripes so well!

  • Ooooh that looks like SUCH a perfect sunday I can’t believe it! Also, its so nice that we get to see more of M 🙂

    Lots of love,

  • Bloody hell this is ridiculously delicious post and I must must must visitoon. Did someone say unlimited prosecco and bloody mary???……

  • I’m so late reading this post – but kind of glad that I didn’t see it on Sunday when I was having a pj day… I may have had to send the hubby out to hunt and gather ingredients for an epic brunch! Hmm… maybe next weekend…

  • Emily Kalbun

    I have never had much desire to go to london….. that is until I saw the funky restaurant there 😀 those tacos HOLYYY CRAPOLA!

  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen a brunch look so divine! I traveled back home from New York yesterday, but did get some shopping in on Times Square before the flight.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • You think I would have learnt by now, Keep away from your blog until after lunch time! Everything looks so tasty. Katie x

  • Sarah Frankel

    Oh my!! Admittedly I have just eaten lunch but I could everything at Hotbox right now! Mouthwateringly good looking food!

    Love your blog!

    Sarah xx

  • LunchandLit

    Looks amazing! I’m Low carb at the mo’…best friend’s wedding is in 4 months! Love, love that book! You’ve inspired me to experiment with a blog of my own. It is difficult to keep up with posting as often as I should. Take a glance, if you would like (it probably isn’t relevant as it is based in the suburbs of NYC). Any advice is welcome!

  • I love the look of sheer joy on Miles’ face as he’s snapping the photo. (And his face is, um…great in the rest of the photos as well 😉 ) I definitely need to plan a trip here next time I’m in London, there’s nothing I love more than a good brunch!

    PS – Maybe an odd compliment, but your skin is looking really wonderful – mine is always horrible, grey, and just sad looking this time of year.

  • Sounds like the perfect Sunday! that brunch looks amazing 🙂
    – Daniella

  • Tanya

    Great photos and I love your top!

  • Eden I

    your review sounds just like you’re talking to me like a friend! I’d love to go the hotbox sometime. Thanks Rosie!

    From Eden
    P.s I have a blog too! It’s called bijou and the url is
    P.p.s it’s not very good because I can’t travel all the way to London all the time….

  • you had me at ‘unlimited bloody mary’s’ …. i’m a big bruncher and so this has gone straight on my weekend to do list. Looks amazing 😀

    Mel x

  • holy moley miss rosie, that brunch looks EPIC. I am ubering over immediately!

  • Hi Rosie – Long time follower from NYC. Absolutely love tagging along for your days across the pond. Great content – keep up the great work.

  • Gabby

    Memo to me: book a trip to london with 3 other people so we all can visit the restaurants Rosie reviews and share everything on the menu!
    *I actually looked up the menu on their website and I thought it was really reasonably priced!