Brace & Browns has become rather famous for its bottomless Prosecco brunch over the last year. The brunch experience is a must for Bristol foodies, and at such good value and high quality, tables are booked out months in advance. It is my favourite place to indulge, and so when David invited me to sample the bottomless festive brunch I jumped at the opportunity.
Christmas is a time to get together with family and friends. With this in mind, the restaurant has 130 covers, meaning there’s plenty of space to bring all together to celebrate this wonderful time of the year.
Now, before I start to tell you about the fabulous brunch offering, I feel it’s my duty to provide a public health warning – this brunch is not for the faint hearted. With such an array of tempting treats, I highly recommend all diners have elasticated waistlines, and I would thoroughly recommend going for a long walk afterwards.
Unlike the normal brunch where diners request what they fancy from the menu, the festive brunch is a seven-course feast – and I truly mean feast. The courses are accompanied with a specially chosen tipple, in addition to the unlimited Prosecco. We started with a sweet course – buttermilk blinis with maple syrup and miniature pancakes with fruit jus. As with everything at Brace & Browns the presentation was second to none, with the maple syrup served in a tiny jug. We popped the first bottle of Prosecco and David brought out our first accompanying drink: a refreshing St. Clements. It was the perfect start.
Next came the wild mushroom kedgeree with poached egg, it was absolutely beautiful and my favourite weekend brunch dish. This was served with a rather strong Bloody Mary, which weaned us into the courses ahead.
I’m a massive fan of sourdough so I was very excited about the next course. It arrived topped with oodles of avocado and crab, and paired with a gin Collins served in a beautiful Hendricks teacup. The drink was extremely refreshing and cleansed the palate at the same time, cutting through the dense flavours of the crab.
Venison was next – another rich and hearty course comprising three tender, juicy pieces of meat atop a homemade hash brown and accompanied by wild spinach and Parmesan. A tiny liqueur hot chocolate came out with – a shot of warm chocolaty contrieau in an espresso cup – and it was utterly delicious.
The pork belly followed soon after and it was faultless. The crisp crackling was incredibly flavoursome and stood on top of a lovely crackling crumb. I was by now wishing I was wearing looser fitting clothes, but it just tasted so delicious. Must…finish…it…all… Of course, the perfect drink to match the pork was a warming mulled cider. Delicious.
Dessert was then served. Banana bread arrived first and was spot on. Next, a sweet waffle with berry compote and vanilla mascarpone was delivered to the table, and it was heavenly. The final drink was well received – an Espresso Martini, which livened us back up out our food coma.
The great thing about this festive brunch is that it the flavours and atmosphere evoke feelings of festivities, without serving the expected dishes. There’s no turkey and no decorations, simply a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and good old-fashioned indulgence.
The festive brunch is available Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10am until 3pm. It’s £49, making it an exceptionally well-valued feast, and I would highly recommend that you book ASAP as space is very limited.
Brace & Browns are also doing an amazing evening offering on NEW YEARS EVE which is served from 6pm until 1am (last orders 11.50pm) and comprises a special small plates “ tapas style” offering with unlimited Prosecco. It’s also £49.
If you are having trouble getting through on the phone 01179 737800 (due to the number of calls for the regular brunch) I would suggest popping them an email [email protected] and they will get straight back to you.