Happy 2018 all! I can’t believe I’ve been back from my Christmas Disney trip for over a month now! Time flies!
We were staying at the Beach Club on this most recent trip and decided to try the new Ale & Compass Restaurant at the Yacht Club for breakfast on the morning of our departure (always a sad day). I apologize for the picture quality – it was a bit of a rushed morning with an oversleeping toddler and a plane to catch – I was lucky I remembered to take pictures at all!
Ale & Compass replaced the old Captain’s Grille in the lobby of the yacht club. The decor/feel of the restaurant is much more modern and simple, in my opinion, than the Captain’s Grille. Additionally, breakfast is now only a menu, rather than the menu/buffet option previously offered. The restaurant is billed as “New England comfort food.” For breakfast, I found the menu mostly put twists on standard breakfast fare.
I liked that they had a nice selection of teas to choose from, but I opted for an apple juice this time. My husband had coffee (he said it was standard Disney coffee) and our son had milk. Nothing overly exciting on our drink choices.
For our meals, my carbo-loving child enjoyed the pancakes. I forgot to take a picture of the children’s menu, but it actually listed blueberry pancakes on the menu. As always, Disney chefs were happy to comply with the request to modify and put the blueberries in a fruit cup on the side (2 year olds can be so picky on how food looks!).
My husband went with the blueberry-bacon pancakes with sausage on the side. He really enjoyed them – the bacon and blueberries are mixed right into the pancake. As I’m not a bacon fan, I passed on giving these a try. He said you could definitely taste the bacon in there.
After much deliberation, I opted for the salted caramel-apple french toast with fresh fruit on the side. This wasn’t exactly what I was picturing (I was thinking something a little more decadent), but it was still good. There were a lot of apples filling the pieces of french toast, but I thought it could’ve used more caramel and crumb topping. Then again, I think pretty much everything tastes better with extra caramel and crumbs so I could be bias 🙂
The service was excellent and the restaurant was not at all crowded the entire time we were there (we had an 8:15 reservation). If you’re staying in the Epcot resort area, or are planning an early Hollywood Studios or Epcot morning, and want a simple, quiet breakfast off the beaten path, then I would recommend Ale & Compass. However, it’s relatively standard fare and I would not necessarily make a trip to the Yacht Club just for breakfast here.