All-day-eggs, smashed avo, flat whites and more chewy sourdough than you can shake a bottle of Sriracha at, the brunch trend is hitting the South West, big-time
Taking inspiration from our foodie brothers across the pond, cafes, restaurants and hotels throughout the South West are going crazy for the bigged-up brekkie. And with artisan produce, seasonal ingredients and some killer flavour combos, leaving the house before 11am on a Sunday never looked so tempting.
Here’s our round up of South West brunch spots for every occasion …
The celebration brunch
Birthday? Anniversary? Celebrating the fact that you’ve made it to the weekend? We’ll take any excuse to splash out on a night at Fistral Beach Hotel in Newquay (pictured above) followed by brunch the next morning. Bottomless bloody good bloody marys, perfectly poached eggs on freshly smoked haddock and an epic view over Fistral Beach? Yep, we could get used to that. And non-residents can get in on the brunch action too.
Or, for ultimate bragging rights, how about a champagne brunch on the water? Okay, it’s docked on the River Avon not the Algarve, but Bristol’s Glassboat still boasts nautical glamour, with eggs florentine, smoked salmon topped toast and Piquepoul Frisant bucks fizz promising a first class start to the day. There’s also Wild Garlic in Nailsworth where award winning head chef Matthew Beardshall whips up decadent buttermilk pancakes and creamy scrambled eggs with home-smoked salmon on the weekend.
The boozy brunch
With prosecco ranking alongside brunch in the foodie trend tables, it’s no surprise that eateries across the region are cashing in with a good old culinary mash-up. Taking inspiration from the Big Apple’s bustling breakfast scene, the fizz flows freely at Brace & Browns’ bottomless prosecco brunch. Unlimited small plates mean mid-morning munchers at the Bristol bistro can chow down on all manner of seasonal brekkie re-imaginings, from halloumi bubble and squeak to lemon infused pancake stacks – just make sure you’ve got a reservation as it gets packed out early.
We also like The Locksbrook Inn near Bath (pictured above) which offers the excuse to indulge in a boozy breakfast with its egg-based brunch bill on weekends. The gastro-pub setting makes a tipple before twelve feel just a little less naughty.
The exotic brunch
If eggs benedict isn’t going to cut it, there’s a whole host of hangover hangouts to be explored by those harbouring an adventurous palate. Brunch gets a Mediterranean makeover at Poco Tapas Bar in Bristol, where papas à la pobere (potatoes, fried egg, rosemary and garlic), Moroccan scramble (merguez, eggs, harissa beans, chilli and sourdough) and the like are served ’til three.
In Cheltenham, Brew & Bake‘s new pop-up at cool cocktail bar Aquavitae is adding a little fire to breakfast proceedings with chorizo, riquetto peppers, guac and scrambled eggs topping toasted muffins, along with its signature wood-roasted coffee from Ue. And for an Asian spin on Great British brunching, try Salumi Bar & Eatery in Plymouth (pictured above) where chef patron Dave Jenkins fashions an intriguing line up of fusion dishes. Black fried squid and Chang Mai pork curry for breakfast? Trust us, it works.
The beachside brunch
You don’t need mussed sea-salt hair and a board on the back of a VW van to perfect beachside cool when you’re brunchin’ at Gylly Beach Cafe in Falmouth. Bacon and maple syrup topped french toast and locally sourced full Cornish breakfasts are perfectly presented for your Instagram feed, though the laid-back eatery’s unrivalled location overlooking Gyllyngvase Beach means you’ll probably be too busy soaking up the awesome views for any breakfast boasting.
A short walk from Bournemouth Beach, Boscanova (pictured above) and sister cafe South Coast Roast are two of our fave brunch spots and definitely worth dusting the sand off your feet for. As well as serving top-notch speciality coffee – roasted by the guys themselves – breakfast beauties at these hip hangouts include smashed avo on toast and posh cheese toasties.