ONE of Weston-Super-Mare’s newest establishments opened its doors on March 29, with the aim of offering an informal dining experience in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere designed for families and communities to get together.
The Brunello Lounge has become one of the latest of over 80 Lounges created by the Loungers, a team of friends that started life in Bristol in 2002 before expanding to Clevedon, Portishead and as far afield as Cheadle, and sits where the Belvedere Hotel once was. Despite being derelict for some time, the turn around seemed to be exceptionally quick and some life has now been restored to the sea front. There’s some outdoor seating for those nice days where all you want to do is look out onto the coast and the inside looks ‘modern’ in a retro hipster kind of way. The colleagues are dressed in plain clothes, which includes a lot of Gingham style dark colours.
The lighting is dimmed slightly and the tables and chairs have a very bric-a-brac feel to them with very little matching sets. The walls are covered in old fashioned pastel paintings or other wall art and there’s even a wall of mirrors overhanging a chest of drawers containing various activities for children and families. There’s Lego and the chance to find out who in the family is the best at Scrabble, Connect Four and even Monopoly. The community sense goes even further with the public book swap sitting in the corner for you to donate well-read classics in exchange for new stories to get lost in.
The menu isn’t too extensive but there’s enough options to choose from and it’s averagely priced which offers good value for money. There’s a whole section dedicated to Breakfast which is available all day, you can have anything from Toast to a Full English and even Haddock and Potato Cakes. For Lunch there’s a selection of Paninis that all come with House Slaw and, for a an extra £1.50, Chips. All of the Paninis sound really nice but the Pulled Pork one will arguably be the most popular, cashing in on the trend and producing a really nice taste especially with the twist of the Cola-Barbecue Sauce.
The Mains range from Bang Bang Chicken Noodles to Mac ‘n’ Cheese but their main grab will be the selection of Burgers and Tapas. The Burgers don’t arguably offer anything new but all bring a sense of juiciness and flavour. They build up to the Superhero Burger where you can get a Burger, Chicken Breast, Bacon, Pulled Pork, Cheese, Red Onion and Burger Sauce all squashed between a soft Brioche Bun. The Tapas section gives you the chance to try three dishes for £9.95. The Squid in Lemon Mayo was really nice although the Lemon Mayo did just taste like Tartare Sauce. The Pulled Chicken with Chorizo and Sweet Potato offered a lot of different textures culminating in a really good flavour and the Halloumi, Courgettes and Red Peppers is a must for the Vegetarians. The only thing that lets the Brunello Lounge down on their menu is the really small choice of Desserts on offer.
A real effort has been made on the Drinks menu, offering a wide variety of Teas and Coffees. There’s also a selection of Mocktails which actually come in a similar sized glass to a Coke which is unusual as you tend to pay more for a smaller glass normally. The only thing missing from the Drinks menu is a Brunello di Montalcino Wine that the venue is potentially named after. But this Lounge is well worth a visit for a really nice meal and the opportunity to play Connect Four against your better half or children is always an opportunity not to be missed. View our gallery for more: