SUNDAY is a day for rest and relaxation, which is why the brunch deal at Malmaison in Reading is so perfect.
The atmosphere is unique, and despite the dark walls and low lighting, the Station Road brasserie remains welcoming and cosy.
As soon as my friend and I walked in we were greeting by a large buffet table bursting with an array of meats, cheeses, fruit, and further down the table, sweet treats for crêpes Suzettes.
The menus were presented in a newspaper style, which added to the quirky feel of doing something different than a traditional Sunday roast.
At £19.95 for a possible four courses, the brunch deal offers great value for money.
We started with the buffet table which consisted of a range of tempting flavours.
I opted for couscous, fresh warm bread and creamy Stilton, and home made coleslaw.
We were also brought mushroom soup, which was silky and delicious.
The main was slightly more difficult, with choices including pumpkin ravioli, a lunch burger, corned beef hash and fried duck egg and grilled swordfish.
In the end we both settled for roast beef, which was served with a huge Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and vegetables.
It smelt divine and the beef was lovely and tender.
Despite eating more than we normally would, it was impossible to resist the crêpes that were being made in front of our eyes, so I went for chocolate sauce with M&Ms.
Also on offer was classic crême brulée, sticky toffee pudding and artisan cheese.
From start to finish we were in the restaurant for more than two hours, and enjoyed a leisurely meal packed full of flavour.
The brunch idea is a little bit different, superb value for money and well worth the battle with parking.
Brunch is served from 12noon to 4pm on Sundays.
For more information go to www.malmaison.com