Brunch: that glorious weekend meal that sits languidly between breakfast and lunch. It has been popular in the United Kingdom since the nineteenth century, and of course, its origins are not clear. Some people claim that brunch was first served as a late breakfast for the early rising hunters, whilst others consider that it was a meal derived by Catholics who had fasted before mass and just couldn’t wait for Sunday lunch. Whatever the origin, in today’s society it is the antidote to the night before.
First, save money by pre-booking parking in Bristol, it’s significantly cheaper compared to the on-street options and commercial car parks in Bristol. You can then relax; and whether you are nursing a hangover or preparing for a day sightseeing, shopping or visiting the museums of Bristol, there are many options to satisfy your hunger.
Here, and in no particular order, are the best of the brunch bunch.
Bakers & Co
The glories of Gloucester Road are only complete if you can manage to get into Bakers & Co. You will invariably have to queue to get in at the weekend, but the wait is well worth it. You can restore your broken soul with a chia seed and almond milk breakfast bowl, or perhaps a smashed avocado, chilli, lime & coriander on sourdough toast is more your style. Whatever you choose, you will leave feeling revitalised.
Brace & Browns
If you are feeling particularly celebratory, a brunch at Brace & Browns will provide the perfect aperitif to help you on your way. You will need to book in advance for their bottomless brunch. What is a bottomless brunch? All you need to know is that prosecco is involved, and fine food.
There are numerous Lounges dotted around Bristol, and each provides a unique experience; however, all provide a relaxed and comfortable experience that are a little eccentric. Their brunches are served all day to accommodate your hunger pains. What is a lovely touch is the ability for the clientele to download an app that controls the music that is played – the Secret DJ – whether you want Spandau Ballet or James Brown, you can control the soundtrack to your brunch.
Yes, that’s right: Pieminster. You may not equate a pie establishment as being one of the best places in Bristol to have brunch, but rest assured, it is. Pieminster have three cafes in Bristol, and the latest one to open is on Broad Quay. There is something quite extra satisfying about having a pie for brunch – they are served from 10 am daily.
Found on Whiteladies Road, the Tradewind Espresso café provides a delicious and vibrant menu of fresh and seasonal produce. Food is prepared from scratch and caters for the more discerning tastes – preserves, smoked and cured fish, salt beef and salads. The menu has raw and wholefood dishes that have less processed foods to maintain taste and goodness. With a house espresso called ‘Highground’ you really will be set up on high ground for the rest of the day.