Sunday has officially become the new Saturday – well, every other weekend, that is. Puttshack, where modern tech meets mini golf, have upped the ante on their already cool mini golf game, adding a fortnightly Sunday bottomless brunch into the mix. Available at their Bank branch, Puttshack’s Brunch Club encourages players to round up their buddies and enjoy a two-course brunch and free-flowing drinks, before going head to head on the neon-lit mini golf course.
As you enter the diner-bar area, with its plush red booths and gaming prints on the wall, you’re handed a glass of prosecco. This marks the start of free-flowing bubbles, beer, wine, elderflower cocktails or soft drinks for the next 75 minutes – and the attentive staff ensure your glass is never empty! Should you wish, you can choose an alternative drink from a cocktail list (for an additional cost). The good vibes will keep flowing, thanks to the Brunch Club’s resident DJ, playing upbeat background music.
Now, it’s not often I rave about bottomless brunch food – let’s be honest, the drinks are usually the main draw – but all I can say about Puttshack’s chicken and waffles is WOW. The chicken was well seasoned and oh so tender; the waffles sweet and pillowy; the egg cooked perfectly; and that brisket gravy? Could honestly drink it by the bucketload. It was the perfect marriage of sweet and savoury, and you could tell the chefs had championed a real attention to detail. You can take a peek at the chefs yourself through the open kitchen behind the booth seating too. My favourite dish aside, diners also have the choice of two other classic breakfast dishes, Eggs Royale and a plant-powered full English, for their first course.
The dessert course offers sweet, worldly desserts like New York cheesecake, Mexican churros, and a chocolate brownie. The churros are a particular highlight; they are fresh, with a light dusting of cinnamon sugar. The brownie is also nice, offering a more cakey texture than a normal brownie.
After you’ve fuelled up, you’ll be onto your next course – the mini golf course! Puttshack combine electronic live leaderboards, intuitive gameplay and brightly lit, themed holes for a thrilling game. Themes in the different jewel-named rooms include the ‘Shuffle Up’, ‘Ring of Fire’ and ‘The Drumroll’. There is definitely no cheating to be had here: the balls are chipped, and the scoreboard is computerised, knowing where your ball is on the course at anytime. And, while you’re trying your hand at a hole in one, you can try your brain at general knowledge on the ‘Pop the Question’ hole, and be in with a chance of bagging a bonus prize at the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ hole. Take your time to angle your putter just right throughout the game, but be sure not to time out – we learned that lesson the hard and high points way.
Once your round of mini golf is over, why not travel around the Caribbean via cocktails to celebrate or commiserate the competition? The rum list in the central bar is absolutely phenomenal. And if rum isn’t your thing, there are a plethora of other cocktails and food available too; although it is not included in the brunch club package, there are plenty of reasons to stick around.
Puttshack’s Brunch Club will run at the Bank venue throughout spring and summer this year, for £45pp, with Puttshack Lakeside launching its own Brunch Club on June 12. Check out Puttshack’s website to stay updated.