The London Review of Breakfasts

"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper." (Francis Bacon)

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Bagel Factory, Waterloo International

The Bagel Factory
Eurostar Departure Lounge
Unit 8
Waterloo International
020 7922 1422

by Cathy Latte

My mum has a remarkable resilience that she unwittingly and selflessly passes on to all she meets. Countless times I’ve heard her soft Irish lilt utter those words “you mustn’t dwell” to a troubled friend, weepy child or, at times, a crestfallen daughter. However, for all her adaptability, travel still gets her a little flappy – so when recently we arrived at Waterloo to catch the Eurostar I thought it best to sort our breakfast once through passport control.

Circling the concourse, excitable mother and wheelie bags in tow, I led the breakfast search party. By the second lap past elderly sausages on the main caff counter, greying sandwiches at WH Smith and the Bagel Factory (the Euston counterpart of which has already received a blasting by Mabel), my disquiet was growing.

Still, we had to eat, and bagels looked best. We bought two breakfast ones (egg, mushroom, sausage, bacon) and found a spot in a hallway in front of the Euro Disney stand. Opening my little square box it was looking quite promising. Steam rose to my face. I smiled expectantly.

A few seconds later I was launching my bagel back into the box, watching as it slid back under its greaseproof cover. “It tastes like rubber” I muttered, wiping a napkin over my soiled lips. The sad flaccid bagel cowered in its box. Mum looked disappointed. Now I felt bad. Begrudgingly I squirted the thing with red sauce, wolfed it and gave an attempt at a smile. I don’t think Mum liked hers, but she made out like it was fine because that’s what she does, makes the best out of something bad and forgets the inconsequential. As for me, I was peeved and a bit grumpy for an hour. Maybe that’s the bit I get from Dad.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do LRB reviewers have to show off how much they go on holiday by reviewing breakfast outlets at airports, eurostar etc? I haven't been abroad for ten years and you are making me sick with envy.

10:15 AM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous Adam said...

I thought I should leave a few lines to say thanks for those who have blogged about Bagel Factory Breakfasts.

We use lovely bacon and sausage products and the portobello mushroom is pretty fantastic too. What isn't great is the inconsistancy of our egg. Sometimes its great, mostly its good and sometimes its really not very good.

This has prompted us to find a way to make the egg great, and we have!

It'll be instore in late August 07 so i hope you'll give it a go and let us know what you think.

Thanks again

Adam - Bagel Factory

9:41 PM, June 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the word "Instore" hasn't yet been invented*. You'll need to find somewhere else to put your egg.

* Neither has "inconsistancy" (sic) but we'll let that go.

12:47 PM, August 06, 2007  

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