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Best Brunch Spots

We’ve found the perfect way to while away the weekend

Published on July 27th 2011.


Best Brunch Spots

THERE'S something about a weekend brunch that really puts you in the mood for the week ahead. For many, it’s a chance to relax and enjoy the start to the day, but even if you’re just after somewhere to pass an hour we’ve rounded up our favourites to help you make the most of your weekend.

St John Hotel
As the hotel sibling of the infamous St John Bread and Wine, brunch at St John Hotel is suitably meaty. There is, however, a selection of granola, fruit and their own ‘breakfast bun’ to suit those wishing for something lighter, but here those dishes are regarded as merely starters. The main attractions tend to feature kidneys, blood pudding or ham – it’s probably not the best place to take a vegetarian – but for a meal that’s sure to fill you up until at least lunchtime, it’s a pretty safe bet. 

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The Modern Pantry
If there’s one thing the Australasian’s do consistently well, it has to be brunch. Kiwi Anna Hansen has brought Southern Hemisphere dining to Clerkenwell and the menu certainly hits the spot. There are separate brunch menus for Saturday and Sunday with a solid range of sweet and savoury dishes available. For a liquid accompaniment, there’s a selection of ‘reviving cocktails’ – clearly one for the morning after – and smoothies, juices and hot drinks for the classicists. Pancakes, omelettes and lighter options mean there really is something for everyone. So if you want to kid yourself that you’re enjoying a leisurely brunch in Auckland, this is definitely the place to while away a weekend morning.

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Dean Street Townhouse
For a true British experience, Soho’s Dean Street Townhouse offers everything you could want.  There’s a bakery selection as well as a range of all day breakfast options. If you’ve got plenty of time to spare, then there’s no reason to leave the restaurant for hours. After, or in place of a breakfast dish, there are options of starters and main courses of a quintessentially British nature; burgers, fish and mince and potatoes are given a modern revival.

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Altitude 360°
Dine whilst taking in city views from the top of Millbank tower. It’s a buffet style brunch – meaning that you can eat as much as you want – but the views and endless food comes at a price. It’s not cheap, but with brunch running from 11am to 5:30pm every Sunday you get a whole day’s worth of entertainment for your money. There’s a pancake and waffle station for those with a sweet tooth, whilst the egg station aims to satisfy those wanting more traditional tastes. For the lunch-end of the spectrum there are roasts and a pasta station whilst the desserts will complete the dining experience. The perfect place for brunch with a view – so long as you book in advance.

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Roast
Escape the crowds of Borough market with a Saturday trip to Roast. Sure, you’re still going to see the manic rush of traders and customers outside, but the atmosphere is part of the Roast experience. Saturday breakfast runs from 8am to 11:30am with ‘The Bubbly Breakfast’ set menu or a range of à la carte options. Expect well-sourced meat and dairy alongside specialty teas and coffee blends. The breakfast booster smoothies are also worth a look with a range of options helping you to kick start your day – or to consume whilst sitting back and taking a moment to yourself.

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Bill’s Produce
Alas, not a sibling of Bill Granger’s Sydney restaurants (although we hear there is still one supposedly in the planning), Bill’s Produce still does it’s namesake justice. This St Martin’s Courtyard eatery is the first venture in the capital for this Brighton favourite. The selection of hot drinks is pretty standard, but the soft drinks offer a few alternatives to the norm with blends of fruit juices and super sweet milkshakes. Despite ample options for savoury breakfast lovers, the sweet selection is not to be overlooked. If there was ever a place to enjoy pavlova or tiramisu at 9am, this is it.

The WolseleyThe Wolseley

The Wolseley
One for the traditionalists, The Wolseley offers everything you need for a classic British breakfast. Sure, there’s a Viennoiserie for those wishing for a bit of something French but it’s the cooked breakfasts that fly the British flag. Cumberland sausages, haggis and smoked salmon all feature on the extensive menu. The selection of coffees also offers something different with house creations sitting alongside the espressos and cappuccinos.

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Mark GarnerJuly 31st 2011.

I had dinner at Roast Thursday evening, it was a real treat; they have suckling pig on that day and it is a wonder to behold. Live jazz, not my favourite, a Mancunian pal of mine, Tony Wilson, once famously described Jazz as musical masturbation. He did, mind you, manage Durutti Column as well, so it was a bit of the old 'pot kettle' business to my mind.

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