Exterior

Exterior

There are certain places I never seem to be in the right part of town to catch. Diner 7, on Commercial Street, was in this camp until I happened to be passing on a Sunday and caught it open for brunch and lunch service. I popped in to give it a try.

With four booths on one side then banquette and table seating along the other wall, there’s room for around thirty diners. The place is smart, with elegant cornicing, but has a relaxed atmosphere.

The menu has burgers at its heart, then has a range of starters and specials, and a broad array of brunch dishes served from 10.30-4pm on a Sunday.

Breakfast burger

Breakfast burger

On the latter selection I spotted a breakfast burger, so opted for the meaty version of that which piled egg, mushrooms, black pudding and bacon atop a beefy burger.

Freshly cooked to order in their galley kitchen, it was soon with me looking like a rather unstable stack. Once I removed the mushrooms and dealt with them separately, things were on much surer footing.

The first bite revealed the dominant flavour to be the black pudding, which was good news up to a point, but pointed to a rather lightly flavoured burger. The burger provided substance and backbone but lacked a real beefy presence. Still, it was an enjoyable eat with the egg’s yolk cooked to a particularly well-judged ooze.

So overall, I was pleased to finally visit Diner 7. I enjoyed what I ate and would definitely add it to my list of places for a Sunday revisit to try more of their brunch items. You should swing by when next you’re in the neighbourhood.

Scores
Blythe scores Diner 7
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20

I ate: breakfast burger (beef, egg, mushroom, bacon and black pudding)

I drank: water

I wore: Sunday stripes

Total bill: £6.75

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Written by BKR