ABINGDON'S picturesque market square is encircled by a range of businesses vying to feed passers-by, from independents like the popular Java cafe and Throwing Buns to the coffee chain Costa.

Pablo Lounge is a more recent addition, having replaced Wildwood in March 2018 at the corner of the Bury Street shopping precinct.

We headed there on a drizzly Sunday morning, in search of a more substantial breakfast than the toast and pastries proffered elsewhere.

The restaurant is part of a wider chain known as The Lounges, with a different name given to each one, inspired by the location.

Abingdon's was based on the town's link to Radiohead, whose first album was named Pablo Honey.

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The chain pitches its restaurants as a 'home from home', and the decor inside does make it seem like you're walking into a grand country house.

Vintage-style floral wallpaper peeks out beneath dozens of framed paintings, with dark wooden flooring and chintz-printed armchairs.

It reminded me a lot of the Cosy Club chain, which does not currently have a presence in Oxfordshire.

We seated ourselves in a prime people-watching spot by the window, noticing that people were doing the same before ordering at the bar.

It was busier than expected, particularly with dog walkers - it was like being sat backstage at Crufts, with the number of pets in tow.

That was a big plus for me as a dog-lover, but I imagine it might be a put-off for others.

The extensive menu offers tapas, burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches and salads, as well as a lengthy list of options for brunch.

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It doubles up as a drinking spot, with a range of cocktails, spirits, wine and various beers on tap.

Predictably, I was craving poached eggs with hollandaise.

There were various choices for toppings - Tom stuck to the classic smoked salmon (£8.95) while I tried to branch out with chorizo, roasted red peppers and guacamole (£6.95).

About 25 minutes passed before the food arrived, which I thought was a little long considering what we had ordered, but we had a decent cup of coffee and freshly-squeezed orange juice to keep us going.

I was unsure if the flavours would marry together, but need not have been - spicy chunks of chorizo, buttery hollandaise, rich egg yolk and zesty avocado melded together on top of a soft bun to make for seriously indulgent mouthfuls.

Tom's smoked salmon version was exactly as hoped, with oozing eggs coated in a silky sauce and sprinkling of chives.

For the price and relaxed surroundings, I would happily return to try it out for lunch or dinner.

Pablo Lounge, Bury Street, Abingdon, 01235 538344.