6 of the Best British Brunch Venues
The idea of brunch inspires long, leisurely feasts of brilliant breakfast classics and bottomless bubbles. Proving increasingly popular in recent years, the UK is now spoilt for choice when it comes to great brunch destinations. With so many to choose from, we round up the top spots that are truly worth the visit.
Hoi Polloi, London
Set to become the highlight of your weekend, Hoi Polloi is the beating heart of Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel. Serving modern British fare within a stylish setting complete with a live string quartet, a hankering for eggs and avocado can easily turn into a full-blown, day-long affair with options from the all-day menu to complement brunch favourites such as buttermilk pancakes and Moroccan eggs. Crafted with the hotel’s signature spice mix, Belvedere Bloody Marys are a must for those needing a pick-me-up, available alongside a curated selection of cocktails, elegant champagnes and sparkling wines.
Channelling American-style laidback luxe, Victors is a Hamptons-inspired restaurant and bar. With a menu of State-style small plates to complement its white washed, East Coast feel; from sliders to sushi, black cod to lobster tacos. Its light and airy backdrop make the perfect spot for brunch, lunch or dinner and the addition of a wide range of beautifully crafted cocktails along with a choice of champagnes – from Moët & Chandon to Veuve Clicquot – gives Victors that exclusive yet welcoming atmosphere it is known for. Whether for relaxed afternoon dining or atmospheric night-time drinking.
How does rooftop dining with an outdoor terrace and panoramic city views sound? In its envious position at the top of Trinity Leeds, Angelica is a prime spot for brunch with a view. But it has so much more to offer – this is a must-visit destination for great food and even better drinks. Whether it’s granola and pancakes or a full English, the menu caters to all, with an impressive cocktail menu, boasting brands from Hennessy to Belvedere, and a bottle service to match. Available throughout the week, we recommend visiting on Sunday, where brunch comes into its own with live DJs and bottomless options also available.
Heads + Tails
Split into two separate bars; with the more relaxed, Heads on the ground floor and its more intimate underground dive bar, Tails downstairs, this West Hampstead gem caters for everyone. A mix of light and airy meets dark and mysterious, Heads + Tails delivers great, locally sourced food alongside a well-stocked bar. Pop down to this neighourhood favourite and enjoy a range of brunch dishes from homemade granola and smashed avocado to aubergine shakshouka.
So L.A, Glasgow
The latest venture from the team at RUSK & RUSK, Glasgow’s So L.A serves up a taste of California with West Coast-inspired dishes such as ‘Soft Shell Crab Benedict’ and ‘Eggs Bel-Air’ alongside zingy mimosas in a glossy venue that transports you straight to the Sunshine Strip. The spot to be seen in, celebrate the occasion with the Veuve Clicquot champagne brunch which comes with fresh orange juice, a Cali fruit bowl, a choice of two dishes and a delicious chocolate treat. What better way to spend your Sunday?
One of the most talked about boutique hotels in the Scottish capital, Tigerlily brings together opulent décor with fine dining and drinking. Blending local produce such as Ayrshire bacon and Aberdeen Angus beef with seasonal ingredients and flavours, brunch here is a must, with a range of options, from hearty dishes to light breakfast bites. However, it’s the extensive drinks list that steals the show. Stay for cocktails with classic and contemporary creations on offer, including the light and refreshing ‘Belvedere Spritz’, ‘Queen of Hearts’ with Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne and aromatic ‘Attainable Sunshine’ with Glenmorangie whisky, peach and basil.