CALIBRE rounds up the UK’s best restaurants for Sunday brunch
If there is one foodie trend that is here to stay, then it is surely brunching. Once predicted to be a one week wonder fad, the enduring popularity of this institution is evident by the increasing number of restaurants and cafes offering special brunch menus.
Brunch classically involved eggs benedict and The Sunday Times, but things have moved on considerably in little over three years. Now you’re as likely to receive tapas as eggs florentine and a plethora of options exist for the adventurous. Here’s my pick of some of the best brunch experiences in the UK:
Plum & Spilt Milk
Great Northern Hotel
0203 388 0800
Plum & Spilt Milk, that much-loved restaurant in the Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross, is already renowned for its superlative cooking, excellent wine list and top notch service. Overseen by Mark Sargeant, formerly at Claridges, Sargeant puts his extensive experience to great use in the hotel’s gorgeous dining room. In fact, its décor is almost worth the price of a meal alone; an atmospheric and softly lit space is modelled on an 18th century dining car that serves food from dawn until dusk. You dine in semi-circular booths decorated with lots of low-level ceiling lanterns.
Yet things just got better with the introduction of a fantastic weekend brunch menu. Best of all is the keenly priced Champagne offer – priced at £65 for two, guests dining as a pair can pick from the eggs and brunch section of the menu, with a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne to share and coffee to finish.
On Sunday, the offer expands to incorporate the restaurant’s signature Sunday roast; a choice of 28-day aged Mey Selections sirloin of beef or slow roast Suffolk pork belly, for example. If Sunday lunch isn’t your thing, however, there are plenty of more modern brunch staples like pasta, burgers and steaks from the grill.
Add into the mix their superbly-crafted cocktails and charming service, and you have the ideal recipe for a lazy, boozy Sunday.
Duck and Waffle
0203 640 7310
Looking for a leisurely brunch with spectacular views? Well, you’ve come to the right place. For there is no finer restaurant than the Duck and Waffle at the top of Heron Tower. The views across London are amazing, but the food doesn’t disappoint either and this is not a location-only gimmick!
The menu offers the best-of-British comfort food with a modern twist, so expect all-day foie gras breakfasts served morning, noon and night. Getting a table can be tricky, however, so book well in advance.
Alma de Cuba
St. Peter’s Church
0151 702 7394
My favourite venue outside of London, Alma de Cuba offers a welcome slice of Latin-fuelled Sunday brunch dining with live gospel singing to boot!
“Liverpool’s most exciting restaurant, Alma de Cuba is well worth a look”
The setting is incredible – a large, warehouse-like space adorned with stained glass windows, gothic chandeliers and private, cosy booths to while away the afternoon drinking and eating.
Speaking of the grub, the menu is one of the best I’ve come across, long and varied with everything from tapas to a full Cuban breakfast. Liverpool’s most exciting restaurant, Alma de Cuba is well worth a look.
145 Crwys Rd
0292 022 8523
When in Wales, head to the Gutsy Goose for the BEST full Welsh Breakfast in Cardiff and quite possibly in Wales.
For less than £9 you get a delicious traditional breakfast, cooked to perfection. Everything is of the highest quality, from locally sourced bacon and sausage to the free-range eggs.
But for a truly decadent treat try their American style pancakes, guaranteed to not help you stay slim but certainly worth it. Service is friendly and always welcoming, and the atmosphere manages to be both relaxed and upmarket. Bit pricier than a greasy spoon but way ahead in food quality too!
The Food Academy at Printworks
Leeds City College
0113 284 6262
Visitors to Leeds shouldn’t leave without sampling the bunch at the Food Academy, an art gallery-cum-restaurant that showcases work from up-and-coming artists at Leeds City College. I love it simply because the atmosphere is so conducive to relaxation, it’s the perfect space to lose a few hours over brunch and the papers.
The menu, despite its upmarket/trendy leaning is not overpriced, try the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs served on a potato pancake or the goujons of plaice with spiced tomato sauce for two tasty introductions to this brilliant venue.