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Bristol’s Best Brunches 2018

If there was one thing weekends were made for, it is breakfast and brunch. This lovely meal can be as early or late as you want it, meaning you still get a lie in and the chance to indulge. If you’ve gone that little bit too hard the night before, there is nothing that a big plate of goodness (bloody Mary optional) cannot put right.

But where is the best breakfast in Bristol? Depending on how far you want to walk you might be surprised to find a lot of them are right on the doorstep! How many have you tried?

A launderette that you’d like to hang out in? Not likely. Yet that’s exactly what At the Well’s owners, the Grist sisters, have created. It’s a unique cafe-come-launderette – so, even if you don’t need to freshen up your threads, it’s still well worth a trip. Their pancake brunches (Charlie & Wriggles favourite in the city!) are spectacular, mounds of pancakes dripping in maple syrup with bacon or blueberries and a big cafetiere served with an egg timer to ensure the best cup of coffee. Also, the eggs/mushrooms on toast or boiled eggs & soldiers are excellent value. After a short time sat in here (amidst the tinkling of coffee cups and washing machine white-noise), you’ll really appreciate the creative interior of this hub of inclusivity and community.

Tucked away by Lakota in the old crypt is Door & Rivet – blink and you might miss it! This unique café and shop is filled with eclectic furnishings and a menu that changes regularly, with all seasonal produce sourced from local suppliers. They have vintage items for, and a range of menu specials that change regularly, so the venue ‘is never the same place twice’. Just make sure you look out for the big wooden doors – coming to visit here is like being part of a secret society.

MUD DOCK How do you like the sound of a delicious cooked breakfast on a sunny roof terrace with panoramic views across the floating harbour? Keen on the idea of tucking into a locally sourced, perfectly cooked plateful of fresh, seasonal produce as the late morning sun warms your face? Of course you bloody are! These guys offer a full english with all the trimmings and can be enjoyed in the glorious weather whilst watching the boats chug by. What a treat.

BAKERS & CO – Bakers & Co is an institution for breakfasts and brunches on Gloucester Road – as their saying goes, ‘bakers gonna bake’. Their menu has a great selection to choose from whether you want to be healthy or indulgent with fantastic speciality coffees from Extract Coffee Roasters, all made in a la Marzocco coffee machine and topped with organic Ivy House milk. There are also plenty of fresh juices to set you up for the day. The café-come-restaurant is a delightful bright spot – the team drew their inspiration for the food and interior during their travels to San Francisco. Sit inside or out before continuing on with your weekend. The brunch menu is served from 9 – 4. (Pic credit of Bakers & Co)

In Montpelier is where you will find The Bristolian Café on Picton Street. This joint appears numerously on many breakfast recommendation lists and what you can expect from this venue is imaginative and free range (including vegan and vegetarian) brekkie options all coming in for under a tenner. However, if you are planning that pub crawl, you may want to splash out on ‘The Bristolian Challenge’ – a HUGE version of their classic breakfast. All produce used here is free range.

Stokes Croft is brimming with brunch haunts depending on what you fancy. Vegan Cafe Kino is a community space which offers a respite from the crowds and also serves up delicious homemade food and drinks. They source their coffee from Bristol-based Wogan, and get fresh fruit and vegetables from Four Seasons Organic. The Severn Project provides the salad leaves, whilst Bristol’s Proper Bread Bakery is on hand with loaves and buns. Breakfast is served from 10 – 1 – whether you just want granary toast with a range of toppings, or a large vegan breakfast, it is here for the taking. (Pic care of Cafe Kino)

THE CRAFTY EGG  Across the way is The Crafty Egg. This quirky cafe overlooks the street art which adorns plenty of surfaces in Stokes Croft, and is a relaxing environment to come and grab something to eat or enjoy a locally brewed coffee – these guys use firm favourite Extract again. As the name would suggest, the brunch options here are eggcellent (sorry), and you can indulge in a variety of free-range options from the crafty egg portion of the menu. Eggs are served in a griddle pan with tomato sauce and your choice of bread, choose from Afghan eggs with mint and cumin, kale eggs with toasted pumpkin seeds, garlic peppers and the good green stuff, or (and this sounds lush) cheesy eggs with mozzarella, basil and oregano.

WEST STREET KITCHEN  Alongside one of West Street Kitchen’s top-notch coffees, enjoy either American Fluffy Pancakes (with Salted Caramel, Toasted Walnuts and Bourbon Apple Sauce), Ham and Eggs (with mustard mayo and parsley on sourdough toast), Oatmilk Porridge (with homemade spiced damson sauce, toasted hazelnuts, raisins and cinnamon sugar) or Psychedelic Breakfast (paprika fried egg, on homemade treacle soda bread with remoulade, pickled beets and mustard). Wriggle recommends the Pyschedelic Brekkie – it’s ace! There’s often a special or two on the menu – so keep your eye out for those as well!

CERES – STOKES CROFT Ceres coffee sits proudly amongst other independents at Stokes Croft, and its Australian influences and unusual menu options have created quite the buzz since opening. Taking inspiration from the Melbourne brunch scene, the menu at Ceres is not what you’d normally expect. The ‘Journeyman’ pancakes are a particular reason to salivate; fat pancakes, burnt blood orange, salty caramel and dehydrated chocolate sponge or you could go savoury with ‘Square Mile’ – sweetcorn fritters, smashed avocado, grilled halloumi kasundi and a poached egg.

Take a trip into Bristol’s city centre and you are met with some proper picturesque postcard brunch settings. Most notable are neighbours Broken Dock and Spoke & Stringer. The former has beautiful views across the water and over towards the SS Great Britain, and is also a truly glorious sun trap. Breakfast can be enjoyed outside in the warmer weather, or in the cosy intimate restaurant during colder months. Enjoy a proper Bristol breakfast or poached eggs and black pudding on sourdough, with the restaurant’s suppliers all hailing from our city.

Over on North Street is Tincan Coffee Company, where they originally started, and boy, do they know their coffee. The coffee house specialises in brewing their own coffees, alongside the guest stars that they believe to be outstanding for the season. Roasting is done by Clifton Coffee. They have also recently introduced a new brunch menu, and trust us when we say it has some banging options. Big, bad-ass breakfast sarnies including egg and sausage or a classic BLT comes on chunky sourdough bread, and are filled with fresh ingredients. If you fancy eggs and/or mushrooms on toast these also appear on the menu. These guys have decided to take avocado off the menu recently is response to the social and environmental issues and we applaud them for that.

Pretty Clifton has lots of lovely brunch haunts for the perfect Saturday or Sunday start. Bakesmiths on Whiteladies is set-up so that all the baking takes place in plain sight. Great coffees, artisan breads, breakfast and brunches are catered for here, and the team are passionate about using the best of what is on the doorstep in Bristol. Bakesmiths often run specialty evenings and classes at their venue, so it is worth keeping your eyes open for these.

Rosemarino is another city favourite which scooped best brekkie at Bristol Good Food Awards for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 consecutively. Owners Mirco, Sam and Tony believe in using the best produce from the South West simply and effectively. There is a lovely section on the website in which the restaurant and café list the suppliers and local businesses who make Rosemarino what it is; the selection includes Clifton Coffee, Arch House Deli, Severn Project and Attic Tea to name but a few. The breakfast and brunch menu is split into ‘breakfast legends’, ‘classics’, ‘brunch’ and ‘light bites’, so if you are hankering for something Italian inspired then you may want to pay the team a visit.

A popular haunt for brunch in Clifton is Wallfish Bistro. This bright and airy restaurant offers a might fine brunch menu on the weekend which differs from plenty of other establishments in the city. For example, here you can order crab on toast with avocado, or add snails to your full breakfast. Washed down with a Bloody Mary (for a fiver) you can’t really go far wrong. The restaurant has long been a champion of the finest in West Country produce, using only fresh and quality ingredients. Have you really lived your best life if you haven’t tried trotter baked beans? (Photo care of Dan Vaux-Nobes, a Wallfish brunch super fan)
A popular haunt for brunch in Clifton is Wallfish Bistro. This bright and airy restaurant offers a might fine brunch menu on the weekend which differs from plenty of other establishments in the city. For example, here you can order crab on toast with avocado, or add snails to your full breakfast. Washed down with a Bloody Mary (for a fiver) you can’t really go far wrong. The restaurant has long been a champion of the finest in West Country produce, using only fresh and quality ingredients. Have you really lived your best life if you haven’t tried trotter baked beans? (Photo care of Dan Vaux-Nobes, a Wallfish brunch super fan)

WELLBOURNE If you’ve never had brunch in Wellbourne, phone a friend, grab your coat, and make your way to Clifton for a seriously indulgent treat. We’re not exaggerating when we say Wellbourne’s eggy brunch dishes are the stuff of legend (well, they should be at least). All dishes are made using carefully sourced ingredients, with a great emphasis on quality, seasonality and top-notch produce. Wellbourne cure their own bacon in-house, and their breads are freshly made in their downstairs kitchen every day – sample both on one of their signature egg brunch dishes – some of the best eggs in Bristol, we have it on good authority!

A true feast for all the senses, Souk Kitchen represents the crème de la crème of Bristol’s Mediterranean cuisine scene. If you like eggs in the morning, you must pop in and try their shakshouka, a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions and cumin. For a real feat add spinach, feta and Merguez sausage. Mopped up with a fresh flatbread, this will set you up for the day no problem.

DELA  Quite possibly Wriggle’s favourite opening of 2017. Dela means to ‘share’ in Swedish, and owners Mike and Lara have created a place that’s all about spending time sharing food and eating together. Whilst sounded by scandi goodness you can enjoy brunch bowls packed full of good things like a seasonal base of cavolo nero, sauteed potatoes, caramelised onions and soft herb salsa and topped with anything from salmon, mushrooms and smashed nuts. Yum! Don’t forget to try one of their cakes for breakfast pudding.

MUIÑO  Muiño was born from an outpour of creative juices and a desire to bring the best of everything together under one establishment. Bringing yet a touch more class to the well-established Cotham Hill, the brunches are in-vogue and fresh – think baked eggs, decadent full english breakfasts stacked pancakes with smokey bacon and maple syrup. Definitely the place to go to sit by the window and people watch whilst eating very well indeed.

EAST VILLAGE CAFÉ Don’t be fooled into thinking East Village Café is a case of style over substance. Despite their oh-so-instagrammable appearance, these guys are deadly serious about their food and drink, too. The emphasis is on nourishing, healthy, and delicious vegetarian food, that sends you on your way feeling invigorated and restored, but most importantly, with the satisfying feeling that you’ve eaten something tasty and lovingly prepared. The food is crafted using meticulously sourced, mainly organic ingredients: fresh produce comes from the neighbouring Reg The Veg, bread comes from Old Market Assembly, and coffee from the inimitable Bristol-based roastery, Roasted Rituals.

THE OX, CLIFTON  If you are making the effort to leave the house for brunch it better be blinking special. The Ox is not only a beautiful space to eat, lots of leather, wood and curios on the walls, it’s also serving beautiful food. You can look forward to the best quality bacon, poached eggs, black pudding, hash brown, breakfast sausage, grilled tomato, grilled mushroom and sourdough toast (or a veggie option if you prefer) and a cup of coffee. Pay extra for their bottomless Bloody Mary and you have got yourself a party.

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