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After the perfect romantic Sunday breakfast to share with your sweetheart? Grabbing a quick bite on your way to the office? Pining for unashamedly robust greasy-spoon fare to cure a particularly rambunctious hangover?
We’ve got you covered with this short and sweet list of ten of Bristol’s best breakfast spots.
Bakers & Co.
— Oli Valle (@olivalle1) May 8, 2014
This chic cafe set down its roots around two years ago and has now firmly cemented itself as one of the best places to go for breakfast (or brunch) on Gloucester Road.
Their menu is built around the core values of holistic, fresh ingredients prepared with minimal fuss, with delicious and consistently exciting results. If you’re after a Full English, then the Baker’s Breakfast (£9.95) offers up a Spanish-inspired take on the traditional, and includes their famous sourdough, crispy dry cure bacon, sausage, a fried duck egg and pinto beans. Enjoy it with a steaming seasonal coffee from their ever-changing menu, or one of their delicious freshly squeezed juices.
If you’re wanting something a little different, then make a date with their signature Huevous Rancheros (£7.95); or a opt for a lighter option from their brunch board, which typically features warm and sticky caramel buns, smashed avocado and lime with sourdough and plump poached eggs on toast.
193 Gloucester Rd, Bristol, City of Bristol BS7 8BG, bakersbristol.co.uk
Katie and Kim’s Kitchen
— Ruth-Ellen Davis (@ruthellendavis) September 5, 2014
Have you heard about this place? Another hidden Bristol gem, this super- welcoming cafe is run by chef duo Katie and Kim, who bring their globetrotting culinary experience and street food background to Montpellier’s Picton Street.
With a large communal table and peaceful sun lit yard, it’s the perfect spot to sit down, take a load off and spend a couple of hours chatting over coffee. Their wholesome menu showcases uncomplicated dishes, made with a few simple, locally sourced ingredients that are prepared with flair. Try their crispy bacon with avocado on sourdough for breakfast, or indulge in fresh coffee with a warm, squishy cinnamon bun.
39 Picton Street, Bristol BS6, katieandkimskitchen.com
Wise Beans Cafe
— Wise Beans (@WiseBeansCafe) January 31, 2015
Vegan? No worries, these guys have got your back. They also happen to do the best bacon sandwich in the whole of Bristol.
They’ve not even been going a year, but the Wise Beans team have already cemented themselves as Stokes Croft’s premier purveyors of fine coffee and wholesome organic cooking. Try their vegan, organic/ethically sourced Full English breakfast, made from soya-free Glamorgan sausage, tender scrambled tofu and homemade baked beans, all for a pocket-friendly £6.95.
Avonmead House, 40-48 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QD
The Runcible Spoon
— Wilson (@brunch_hunter) March 21, 2015
Tucked away on a side street in Stoke’s Croft, The Runcible Spoon is a teeny tiny boutique restaurant with a ferocious reputation for excellence on Bristol’s food scene. Katie, Greg and Jessica serve up the best breakfasts (lunches and dinners) this side of the river.
Their menu encompasses the humble bacon sandwich through to their take on the traditional Full English, with potato cake, rich and mellow garlic-infused wilted spinach, sausages and thick bacon for £6.25. They also do amazing quesadillas – crisp homemade tortillas bursting with tangy chorizo, peppers and melted cheddar, for £5.95. Those feeling a little fragile from the previous night’s jolly can skip the sermons and soda water and head straight for a big ol’ glass of the ‘hair of the dog that bit them’: a Bloody Mary costs £5 and will have you feeling better in no time.
3, Nine Tree Hill, Bristol, BS1 3SB, therunciblespoonbristol.com
— Lizzy Kremer (@lizzykremer) February 25, 2015
Hidden underneath the Victorian railway arches of Temple Meads train station is Hart’s Bakery. Easy to miss, but impossible to ignore once found, they specialise in sourdough sandwiches, fresh coffee and artisan pastries. Their organic French butter croissants are to die for, with a divinely crisp, flakey shell and warm and chewy interior. Now you know they’re there, you’ll never have to settle for a soggy, overpriced train station sandwich again.
Arch 35, Bristol & Exeter House, Lower Station Approach, Avon, Bristol BS1 6QS, hartsbakery.co.uk
The Bristolian Cafe
Join us for a breakfast with Fresh Free Range Eggs. Happy chickens = 4-6X more Vitamin D! Eggscellent! pic.twitter.com/kmBzXXifb0
— The Bristolian Cafe (@BristolianCafe) June 21, 2014
Many-a hangover-fuelled desire for bacon and OJ bas been satiated within The Bristolian Cafe’s four walls.
Dig into their hearty breakfast ciabattas, or choose their take on the Full English, which costs a reasonable £7.50 and includes free range eggs, bacon, sausage, beans black pudding and their signature crispy fried potatoes with sesame-infused wilted spinach. If that’s not enough, then conquer the notorious Bristolian Challenge (£11.95) if you dare. Veggies and vegans are well catered for as well, with two meat-free fry ups to choose from. Don’t forget to order it with a zesty glass of their famous freshly squeezed blood orange juice. Hangover? What hangover.
2 Picton Lane, Bristol BS6 5QA, thebristolian.co.uk
— Tamarind (@AhhToots) July 17, 2014
Fancy something a little lighter for breakfast? Then make a nest for yourself amongst the flowers and cakes and sample some of Ahh Toots’ delicious wares.
Their bacon sandwich made from extra-thick, Applewood smoked bacon, white doorstop bread and tangy ketchup goes perfectly with a hot mug of builder’s tea; whilst the veggies amongst us can opt for the veggie sausage doorstop, which is filled with sticky caremalised onions and zingy fresh garden leaves. Sandwiches cost £4, and will keep you feeling happy and full ‘till lunchtime.
4-8 Glass Arcade, St Nicholas Market, BS1 1LJ, ahhtoots.co.uk
This is how we wish Happy Valentines to our peeps!!! "Legendary Tommy's 1 pan wonder" morning here at rosemarino pic.twitter.com/QYLlKNYxXA
— Rosemarino (@Rosemarino1) February 14, 2015
This Italian eatery frequently tops Bristol foodie blog lists, and for good reason.
Try Tommy’s 1-pan Wonder, a gastronomical delight comprising crispy bacon, onions mushrooms and potatoes topped with an egg and cheese, served with toast. Sounds like the kind of far-out concoction you might fling together in a wild hunger-fuelled frenzy, but rest assured, this elegant breakfast is bursting with taste and prepared with finesse. If you’re after a Full English breakfast, they do one of the best for £8.50; alongside a veggie option that includes a delightful mini pepper and ricotta soufflé for £8.00.
1 York Place, Bristol BS8 1AH, rosemarino.co.uk
Pickle has landed on it's new spot! Opening for business on the 11th of September. pic.twitter.com/ccddjCmKG1
— Pickle (@PickleBristol) September 2, 2013
Forgot your bowl of all-bran on your dash to the office? That means you absolutely must stop by Pickle’s food cart to pick yourself up a tasty treat for breakfast.
It is the most important meal of the day, after all. Situated near the beautiful St Mary Redcliffe, this street food cart’s popularity is exploding at an exponential rate due to their commitment to serving hearty, fresh food, delicious hot coffee at affordable prices. Open from 8am, they serve a delicious assortment of pastries and wholesome porridge to set you up for the day; or for something more robust, choose a bacon or sausage sandwich for £2.95. Whilst you’re there, you might as well pick something out for lunch as well – the gloriously named Rumpy Pumpy sandwich comes highly recommended.
Portwall Lane, Bristol BS1 6AG, picklebristol.co.uk
— Cafe Kino (@cafekinobristol) January 3, 2015
A firm favourite amongst Bristol’s vegan crowd, Cafe Kino cooperative has been serving fresh breakfasts, brunches and lunches from Stokes Croft’s colourful graffiti-adorned heart since 2004.
This bright, spacious cafe prides itself on an eco-friendly menu that’s free from animal products, with the exception of organic whole milk to pour into your coffee. Pull up a table and chair outside to watch passers by in this bohemian part of town, and help yourself to their wholesome veggie fry up that comes served with plenty of golden hash browns, veggie bacon and super-garlicky mushrooms topped with a smattering of freshly chopped chives. All this is yours to devour for a mere £5.50
108 Stokes Croft, Bristol, Avon BS1 3RU, cafe-kino.com
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