Stylish Weekends | February 25, 2016 | Food
Six blissful places to
eat brunch around the UK
Our nation is enjoying a full-blown love affair with brunch of late – and the number of eateries making it a speciality suggests this is no flash-in-the-pan dalliance.
It’s small wonder really. Our eating habits are more relaxed – but more carefully sourced – than ever. So late breakfast, early lunch, even teatime treat, here are a few of our favourite excuses for skipping the granola.
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With a nod to European and British influences, this oasis in the skies of London is located 40 floors above Bishopsgate.
Showcasing local, seasonal and sustainable British produce, Duck & Waffle has become a favourite go-to for brunch with a view.
Of course, both duck and waffles are on the menu: duck congee, marrying confit duck and slow cooked organic egg, is topped with hot sauce to pack a fiery punch and flavoured with spring onion, ginger and hazelnuts.
And its sweeter sister, banana brûlée waffles, is piled with homemade ‘nutella’, vanilla ice cream and peanut crunch, to create lashings of texture and flavour.
For an unusual drink choice to accompany your chosen dish, sample the Marmite black velvet; a silky champagne with a Marmite and Guinness reduction.
Want to recreate the magic of Duck & Waffle’s stylish feel for your own brunch soirees? Serve generous dollops of tangy homemade preserves upon this gorgeous Jasper Conran Tisbury serving platter.
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This French brasserie, in the heart of Covent Garden, is the London incarnation of its NYC flagship, with a transatlantic menu offering plenty of tempting brunch dishes every weekend from 10am – 4pm.
In this amber-hued restaurant, be sure to satisfy your taste buds with scrambled eggs paired with Cornish crab, served on toasted sourdough with a generous dollop of crème fraîche.
For a veggie-friendly alternative, avocado on sourdough toast, coupled with poached eggs and a tomato salsa will be a hit with any bruncher with a thirst for flavour.
Don’t miss the Balthazar Bloody Mary, using a bespoke blend of juice and spice with Wyborowa vodka. Refreshingly delicious.
Bottle that Balthazar vibe and take it home with you (along with their house Bloody Mary); reimagining their Big Apple-inspired menu in the comfort of your own kitchen, using Jasper Conran’s White collection to capture the style and sophistication of London’s popular eatery.
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Part of a small indy pub chain, Hemma serves up a Scandi-Scottish all-day brunch menu featuring haggis, scrambled egg with spinach, smoked local trout and a thoughtful vegetarian option.
Hemma is Swedish for ’at home’ and the bar certainly has a cosy feel, with velvet armchairs and floral wallpaper. Child-friendly, bright and cheerful during the day, if you can’t motivate yourself to move, the evening brings a more grown-up feel with an extensive cocktail list.
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This wildly popular destination, notable for its devilishly good cocktails, offers a simple take on brunch in a contemporary haven on Manchester’s New York Street.
You can’t go wrong with the Mish Mosh; a new-age brunch creation concocted from eggs, chorizo, sausage, cheese, bacon, spinach, mushrooms and toast.
Or opt for steak and hash browns; as modest as it sounds, it’s a popular dish, coupling a 5oz sirloin with two fried eggs and crispy potato parcels.
Infamous for its artfully-crafted cocktails, The Alchemist’s strawberry Bellini (Vaporetto prosecco with strawberry caviar) is light enough for a naughty brunch.
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With three London outlets – Shoreditch, King’s Cross and Covent Garden – Dishoom pays homage to the Irani cafes that were once the fabric of life in Bombay.
Allow your palate to escape to India with the Big Bombay; offering akuri, smoked streaky bacon, peppery pork sausage, masala baked beans, grilled field mushrooms and buttered pau buns.
Signature dish, the bacon naan, is freshly baked in a tandoor oven, combining smoky streaky bacon, cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs.
Thirsty for a virgin drink? The sweet chai tea is beautifully spiced; an exotic twist on the staple beverage.
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This is brunch with extra soul. Housed in a beautifully converted church, for two centuries known as St Peters, the dramatic space has now been reimagined into a restaurant heavyweight. Fusing Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American influences, Alma de Cuba is a cultural foodie melting pot.
Indulge in your favourite weekend dishes alongside a live gospel choir, for the ultimate brunch atmosphere. From 1.30pm – 5pm every Sunday, soulful melodies fill the rafters to create a unique experience.
Our counsel? The full Cuban breakfast, including spiced patatas bravas and maple-glazed bacon, for a heated start to your day.
The creamy herbed goats cheese dish is another firm favourite, served with chargrilled sourdough, sunblush tomato tapenade and arugula leaves. Bliss.