Rise and shine – because there are some brilliant brunches out there.
Here Richard Mellor – author of Foodie Breaks: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales – reveals his pick of Britain’s brunch spots, from gourmet fried potatoes in Brighton to Bombay-style bacon butties in London, and from loaded breakfast burritos in Wales to fabulously fluffy pancakes in Aberdeen.
Brunch in Brighton’s Lanes, pictured, is a lovely experience, especially if you can snaffle a window seat and watch the world troop by, says Richard Mellor
Nelson Coffee in Eastbourne serves seasonal brunch options including veggie fritter stacks, three-cheese toasties or buckwheat banoffee pancakes
Brunch in Brighton’s Lanes is a lovely experience, especially if you can snaffle a window seat and watch the world troop by.
So step forward Lost In The Lanes, where an all-day breakfast menu, ranging from gourmet fried potatoes with mozzarella and cashew pesto to French toast with lemon curd, is served alongside smoothies and cappuccinos. Go early to beat the inevitable queue (lostinthelanes.com).
Opposite the station in Eastbourne, Nelson Coffee sources artisan-everything: java coffee, loose-leaf tea, Toulouse sausages, halloumi and so on. Its seasonal brunch options include veggie fritter stacks, three-cheese toasties or buckwheat banoffee pancakes (nelsoncoffee.co.uk).
Bombay-style cafe chain Dishoom uses a typically big, typically beautiful space for its sausage naans and spicy, fragrant sweet chais
Reasons to ride the Victoria Line to Walthamstow, its most north-eastern stop, include a museum devoted to the 19th Century all-round creative William Morris, Europe’s longest street market and Buhler & Co, which proves that Antipodeans really do brunch best. Its all-vegetarian options mean everything is healthy, it’s just that some things, such as quinoa cakes, smoked aubergine houmous or sweet potato and smoked tofu hash, are healthier than others, such as brioche French toast, maple and thyme-poached peach and elderflower cream (buhlerandco.com).
In King’s Cross’s rebooted Granary Square area, Bombay-style cafe chain Dishoom uses a typically big, typically beautiful space for its sausage naans and spicy, fragrant sweet chais (dishoom.com).
Clapham, replete with affluent young families and its strollable common, makes an obvious brunch hotspot. Always busy is Brew – you can’t reserve a table, so get there early – thanks to its diverse all-day menu. Sweetcorn fritters and pan-fried halloumi pide (a Turkish flat bread) represent the savoury end, with toasted banana bread rather naughtier, and treacle-cured bacon sandwiches somewhere in between.
More standard granolas, pancakes and egg dishes are also present and correct, while breakfast martinis and Maltesers milkshakes make for decadent beverages. Brew also has a branch in…