It’s Saturday morning, your stomach is rumbling and there is only one thing on the cards. Brunch!
Whether you spend your Friday night dancing with the wild abandon of someone who has forgotten that a weekend only lasts two days or you prefer to curl up on the sofa catching up with Graham Norton, when the sun starts to filter through your blinds come Saturday, you should only have one thing in mind – brunch. The weekends are all about brunch for the Fed Up & Drunk team, and rightly so. With glorious eggs, delicious breads, muffins and Bloody Marys, brunch has something for everyone and combines some of my all time favourite things. Seeing as though breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with Breakfast Week kicking off on Monday, we thought we’d share our top-spots in Bristol and Bath for the best brunches on offer, just for you, dear readers.
Poco, Stokes Croft
Poco has made a name for itself in Bristol for being a purveyor of exquisite sustainably sourced food and their brunch offering is one of the tastiest around. The rustic chic decor of the venue and its location in the bohemian area of Stokes Croft make for a relaxed brunch, ideal for meeting with friends. The open kitchen means that the ambience at Poco is always warm and lively, not to mention the tantalising cooking smells that fill the air. The brunch menu includes the staples like eggs Benedict but also boasts more unusual fare like the Moroccan and Moorish scrambles. Order the Moroccan variety for mutton merguez sausages served with scrambled eggs and harissa on grilled Harts Bakery sourdough, or plump for the Moorish if chorizo is more your thing.
Rosemarino won awards for their breakfasts in 2012 and 2013 so they know all about what makes a good brunch. They’ve combined the pastry-heavy approach to breakfast in Italy with the cooked breakfasts that we in the UK love so much, to offer a wonderfully broad brunch menu, served from 9am until noon every day. Keep things simple and light with homemade granola and yoghurt or go for an upmarket breakfast of mushrooms, Parmesan and truffle oil on toast. Tommy’s One Pan Wonder is legendary among Bristol brunchers and comprises bacon, onions, mushrooms and potatoes all fried in the same pan with two eggs fried on the top. It’s then covered with cheese and served with toast – it’s the breakfast of champions. Rosemarino has an enviable location in Clifton and has plenty of outdoor seating for sunny days. It’s a brunch that’s sure to impress so is perfect for parents or partners.
The Birdcage, Corn Street
The Birdcage boasts an inimitably cool decor and a convenient Bristol city centre location on Corn Street. Fans of all things vintage will fall instantly in love with the eclectic and cosy interior of this former bank – think comfy Chesterfield sofas, bespoke wall paper and vintage bicycles as art. The high ceilings and huge windows means that it’s bright and cheerful, and best of all, they offer a fabulous array of teas and coffees. Sit back and relax with a steaming cup of Smokey Russian Caravan tea for the warming flavours of an Autumnal bonfire. The brunch menu features perfectly poached eggs and other favourites, and is comprised using some of the best local ingredients – you could even just tuck into a big slice of freshly baked cake. The Birdcage also sells vintage clothes so it’s an ideal brunch spot for a girly catch up.
Goldbrick House, Park Street
Goldbrick House is best known for the scrumptious cocktails they serve, but they also know a thing or two about good breakfasts. Situated on Bristol’s Park Street, Goldbrick House is in the perfect location to set you up for the day ahead of a spot of shopping. Get all the fuel you need to power you up and down the steep hill with the Latin eggs, served on a muffin with avocado and romesco. They also serve a tasty full English breakfast and a full veggie option, so there’s no need to miss out if you don’t eat meat. Push the boat out with a strawberry milkshake – you’re sure to work it off as you peruse the independent shops up and down Park Street.
Roscoff Deli and Café, Northumberland Place
Roscoff Deli and Café is a haven in Bath. Wind your way through the crowds to one of the city’s oldest streets (Northumberland Place) to escape the hustle and bustle and sit back with a perfect cuppa and a pastry. This Italian deli, café and coffee shop combines the very best of Sicily with all that the West Country has to offer, and the result is a match made in heaven. There are scrumptious teas galore, including South African Rooibos with its natural antioxidants and a berry tea that blends papaya, hibiscus blossoms, currants, blackcurrants, blueberries, elderberries, strawberries and raspberries – both delicious and nutritious. If no number of New Year’s resolutions could ever make you give up coffee, then Roscoff Deli has plenty for you too, including the rather tasty sounding amaretto coffee. Opt for a cooked breakfast full of lovely local produce or munch your way through a superb Sicilian pastry (or two).
Wild Café, Queen Street
Bath’s Wild Café is just moments away from the city’s top attractions but is hidden away down a quiet cobbled street – in other words it’s the perfect place to refuel away from the tourist crowds. Whether you’ve spent the morning relaxing in the Thermae Spa, sightseeing or shopping, Wild Café is the obvious next stop for a tasty local brunch. They firmly believe that west is best, so everything they serve has been grown, caught or made locally. The fruit pancake stack, with blueberries, bananas and maple syrup is always a winner, but if you want something heartier you can’t go wrong with the scrambled eggs and chorizo on toast, made with free-range eggs and delicious Bath Pig chorizo.
Adventure Café Bar, George Street
Adventure Café Bar sits on George Street on Bath in bright, stylish premises with a lovely outdoor seating area. Their menu caters for all possible breakfast requirements, with healthy options like full-of-goodness porridge alongside hangover-soaking breakfast burritos – packed full of scrambled eggs, chorizo, roasted peppers, guacamole and cheddar, there’s little that this burrito can’t cure. You can also go stateside with a stack of fluffy pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup, and round it all off with the perfect brunch accompaniment – the Bloody Mary. Whether you’re looking to indulge in an ice cream milkshake or want an energy-filled yoghurt smoothie to set you up for the day, Adventure Café has something for everyone.
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Cosy Club, Bristol & Bath
Cosy Club has put its eclectic stamp on several venues around the South West now, bringing a touch of fine British eccentricity to our cities. A grand Grade II listed former banking hall on Corn Street is home to the Bristol branch, and is complete with elegant marble flooring and a stunning domed roof. The Bath site, on the other hand, boasts a magnificent balcony and terrace overlooking Southgate Place. It’s full of velvet pouffes, Victorian lampshades and reclaimed tables.
Both sites serve brunch until 6pm, making Cosy Club the place to go if you’ve over-indulged the night before. Triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes are the perfect antidote to feeling a bit worse for wear, while the creamed scrambled eggs with Severn and Wye smoked salmon is perfect for those wanting something a touch more delicate. Whatever you’re looking for, Cosy Club is a great place to recuperate over a lazy brunch in quirky and oh so cool surroundings.