Three of the Best: Britain’s Best Brunches

It’s hard to beat a good brunch. Check out these three hotspots for the perfect way to start your weekend.

The Tavern, Cheltenham

Smashed avocado, fluffy American pancakes, Brisket hash, steak and eggs, Rigatoni carbonara… Brunch at Cheltenham’s favourite local, The Tavern, is all about delicious food, using locally-sourced British produce. Start with a good cup of UE coffee, the only artisan wood-fired coffee roastery in the UK, who have created a unique house blend of beans for us from Brazil, Costa Rica and India. Then, to top it off, we’ve got live music from the best of local talent, including acoustic covers from Gareth Lemon and jazz from BBC favourite Ben Cipolla. Can’t make brunch? Instead, drop by for supper any day of the week and tuck into our taverna style punchy-flavoured food such as Lamb with Roast Garlic and Mint Meatballs, followed by Sticky Toffee Ice-cream Sandwich.

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Nutbourne, London

Sitting on the river in Battersea, Nutbourne is the latest venture from the Gladwin brothers, whose previous projects include The Shed in Notting Hill and Rabbit in Chelsea. Dishes are created using British seasonal produce with a focus on wild, foraged, locally-grown and sustainable use of livestock from the Gladwins’ own family farm in Sussex. The restaurant interior is equally at one with nature with hanging ferns, potted greenery plants and antique framed flora. Brunch is classic with a country twist: smoked mackerel and poached eggs with radishes, baked eggs with spinach and lovage and French Toast with strawberry and Chantilly – all washed down with a tipsy tea cocktail, made from English breakfast tea, vodka and orange juice.


The Pantry, Edinburgh

‘Food that is fresh, food that comes from the heart, and food that we want to eat’ is The Pantry’s ethos. It’s obviously working: The Sunday Times decreed that The Pantry’s Eggs Benedict was ‘reason alone to come to Edinburgh’. Using locally-sourced, seasonal produce, this relaxed neighbourhood hangout serves tasty delights including: wild east Lothian mushrooms, pancetta and poached egg on toast and a breakfast burrito. Carnivores will love the mighty dagwood sandwich, laden with roasted ham, salami, pastrami, mustard mayo and smoked cheese. The pulled pork sub – filled with six-hour braised pork shoulder – is excellent, too. Wooden tables, quirky tiles, assorted wall art and a great children’s area complete the jolly picture.