Revealed: Britain’s best brunch venues

Revealed: Britain’s best brunch venues, from an authentic spot in London’s Borough Market to health-conscious cafe in Cheshire

  • From a full English to French toast, here’s the spots serving delicious brunch
  • The Ned in London is the place to go for New York-inspired brunch   
  • Brunches include flour-free pancakes at Real Food Kitchen in Cheshire 

Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the leg-work so you don’t have to. This week: Britain’s best brunch venues.

Bank on New York style

Safe bet: Former bank The Ned, which serves a New York-inspired brunch 

Walk the marble floors of the City of London’s former Midland Bank – now sprinkled with Soho House stardust and transformed into hotel and restaurant complex The Ned – for a New York-inspired brunch including waffles, French toast and ‘Lower East Side’ bagels. There’s also the £13 ‘full English our way’ (challah bread and pastrami in place of bacon).

Quick tip: After brunch, check out the 25-ton steel door that once guarded £335million in the bank’s vault (

Maria’s real deal

For the ultimate authentic experience find Maria’s Cafe in London’s Borough Market. It’s so old-school it doesn’t have a website. Think egg, bacon and chips for £4 offered by someone who’s worked in the market since she was seven.

Quick tip: It’s busy, so it is frowned upon to linger, but look out for famous faces. Maria’s poured tea for Charles and Camilla.

Battle through a Warrior

Local owners of Waylands Yard in Worcester and Birmingham promise ‘a game-changing brunch’. Take your time with a full, Warrior Breakfast (£11.95), a veggie fry-up or active oats soaked for 24 hours and topped with anything from blueberries to peanut butter. Staff are serious about good coffee.

Quick tip: Look out for cafe dog Kobe, who flits between both locations (

Singing its own praises

Brunch at Foxy’s Deli, above, includes Glamorgan sausage sandwiches, ‘Breakfast in Bread’ or Welsh crumpets topped with bacon, oats and fried eggs

It’s a rare cafe that has its own choir. But Foxy’s Deli in Penarth has. Its singers meet weekly, amid a programme of community events and classes. Brunch includes Glamorgan sausage sandwiches, ‘Breakfast in Bread’ or Welsh crumpets topped with bacon, oats and fried eggs for £6.

Quick tip: Gift hampers let you share the love of Welsh food. The cafe also serves Welsh-inspired afternoon teas ( 

Savour the sunshine

Expect brunch packed with fruits, grains and colourful ingredients at Real Food Kitchen in Neston, Cheshire. It’s run by a family who’ve banned processed foods from their menu and brunches include flour-free pancakes, Scandinavian-style rosti and ‘sunshine oatmeal’ with pineapple, mango, maple syrup and mint for £4.95.

Quick tip: Take a cookery workshop ending with a sit-down meal prepared by the class (

The Quay to success

It calls itself ‘a small coffee house underneath a big bridge’. So head below the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle’s Quayside area to find Quay Ingredient where you can go back to basics with a boiled egg and soldiers, or try kippers with lemon parsley butter or cinnamon pancakes with chocolate.

Quick tip: Stay local with a £3.95 bacon, sausage and fried egg stottie: a Northumbrian classic (

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