On Sunday we met our friends for a late brunch at HATCH on the Hill. The clocks had sprung forward, and we were all a tad confused about what hour of the day it was, but were ready to fill ourselves with coffee and good food.
You can find HATCH on the go, their sister site, in the Maltings. It is where it all began, and it’s become very well known for its coffee. It’s perfect if you just want to pick up something whilst you are shopping in town, but HATCH on the Hill was the ideal location for a good chinwag.
If you are planning to visit HATCH during peak time, then I’d definitely recommend booking as every single seat was taken when we arrived. The interior is very quirky with exposed bricks, green plants, bronze lighting fixtures and decorated shelves.
Our friends were running a little late when we arrived, so we ordered drinks and hash brown mini bites to tide us over whilst we waited.
I ordered an apple juice which arrived in a cute little bottle with a biodegradable straw. HATCH are one of many local restaurants who have joined the Refuse The Straw campaign. The husband ordered a flat white, which not only looked pretty and very instagramable but apparently it was a ‘good one’.
Now I have a very sweet tooth, especially when it comes to brunch. It’s incredibly rare that you’ll find me tucking into a fry up or avocado on toast. HATCH had a couple of options that I was picking between, but the one I was most drawn to was the Belgian Waffle with blueberries, raspberries, bananas and maple syrup. It was heaven on a plate for me!
The other three all opted for the same thing – which I have to admit I was slightly disappointed about as it meant I had less photos to take. They all ordered the smashed avocado on toast with the chorizo sausage, and the husband added a poached egg. There was not a crumb left on any of their plates, so I’d take that as a very good sign.
I really enjoyed our trip to HATCH on the Hill and will definitely be returning. They do also provide takeaway if you are looking to grab something on the go whilst you’re walking up Holywell Hill. They are open 9-5pm but are also the perfect venue for a party, whether you fancy a sit-down feast or a space for drinks.
I’d love to know in the comments below where you love to go for brunch in St Albans?