We’ve rounded up the best brunch spots around Birmingham. Pick from decadent French bistros to quaint coffee bars, or lovably rustic gastros and urban cafés. The brunch phenomenon is here
QUINTO LOUNGE, BIRMINGHAM ROAD
THE VIBE: The fifth venue in the city under the well-loved Loungers group, this quirky establishment is a relaxed home-from-home hangout. The charmingly eccentric interior is a big draw (kitsch artwork, bold retro wallpaper and sixties-style multi-coloured lighting and incredible original WW2 fixtures) but the delicious all-day brunch menu is equally inviting with a wide range of vegan and gluten-free options.
THE FOOD: The usual breakfast fare is on the menu but our pick is the vegetarian breakfast with sweetcorn fritters, hash browns, roasted pepper and fried egg or, for a naughty treat, the triple-stacked butter-milk pancakes with hazelnut chocolate sauce, toasted pecans, granola and Greek yoghurt is heaven. Though you may need to lie down afterwards.
Brunch is served all day; £6.95 for the vegetarian breakfast; theloungers.co.uk
THE PLOUGH, HARBORNE
THE VIBE: There’s only one way to start the day if you’re in the pretty neighbourhood of Harborne. The locals wax lyrical about this place, and its buzzing atmosphere and urban rustic feel is as good as the food.
THE FOOD: Dishes are comforting classics (eggs benedict and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon) but the specials menu is a little more exciting. English muffin with beef brisket and sourdough French toast with fried banana and maple syrup are well worth waking up early for. It’s all very ethically sound too, with the best high quality, locally sourced ingredients. And it’s not just the locals who are besotted with this friendly pub; The Independent named The Plough as one of ‘best coffee shops’ in the UK. Get that brunch date in the diary quick…
Brunch finishes at 12pm on weekdays and 12.30pm on weekends; £9.75 for house breakfast; theploughharborne.co.uk
HOTEL DU VIN, CHURCH STREET
THE VIBE: Effortlessly chic yet relaxed, Hotel du Vin serves up the best of luxury dining. Once an eye hospital, this impressive Victorian build has been a favourite Sunday brunch spot amongst discerning Brummies for years – and it’s easy to see why. The French-style bistro is the heart of Hotel du Vin, where on a Sunday, a lavish four course brunch is served up (think French classics with a distinct British twist) within elegant surroundings.
THE FOOD: Sip a pre-brunch cocktail while you start with soup, then head over to the centrepiece of brunch – the French Market Table for a selection of seafood, charcuterie, pâtés, freshly baked breads and salads. Then feast on a traditional roast or something a little more continental but remember to make room for dessert. A very decadent way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Brunch is every Sunday from 12noon; £24.95 for 4 courses; hotelduvin.com
URBAN COFFEE COMPANY, CHURCH STREET
THE VIBE: The friendly coffee bar, now one of three in the city, was one of the first independents to bring the artisian coffee revolution to Birmingham. With its buzzing atmosphere and cool stripped-back interior, this place is popular with just about everyone, from the students to the suits grabbing a coffee before work.
THE FOOD: Give their speciality espresso, the aptly named ‘Urban 5’ a try; it’s a flavoursome blend with hints of summer berries and rich chocolate. Alongside excellent coffee is a simple but delicious food offering including pastries, cakes, porridge, freshly baked toasties and sandwiches (the brie, caramelised onion and rocket is heaven). Not strictly a brunch spot – but if it’s a well-made coffee and scrumptious slice of cake you’re after, then this the place.
Food is served all day; £3.95 for breakfast toasties; urbancoffee.co.uk
YORKS BAKERY CAFÉ, NEWHALL STREET
THE VIBE: Home to arguably the best coffee in Birmingham, Yorks Café is fast becoming the coolest hangout in the city. We love the urban, laid-back styling. The rustic wooden tables, industrial-style hanging lightbulbs and comfortable leather seating are all very relaxed ‘NYC café culture’.
THE FOOD: Even better than the coffee and the décor, is the extensive brunch menu. The egg-based classics (royale, florentine and benedict) all on sour bread come close to perfection. And if you’re in need of something a little heartier to cure that hangover, the house breakfast will hit the spot. It comes in a cast iron pan on a wooden bread board with their home-made baked beans which sit in individual little tins. The atmosphere is so warm and chilled out, you won’t want to leave.
Brunch is from 7.30am – 3pm during the week and finishes at 4pm at weekends; £10.90 for the house breakfast; yorksbakerycafe.co.uk
BOSTON TEA PARTY, CORPORATION STREET
THE VIBE: This funky family-run independent was recently awarded Best Cafe at the recent 2015 Food Magazine awards. The extra walk up Corporation Street to get to the Boston Tea Party is worth it just for the home-made cakes and pastries, which sit enticingly as the centrepiece of the counter. Inside the décor is a funky mix of Scandinavian minimalism with retro touches (monochrome floor tiles, red booths and industrial lighting).
THE FOOD: They pioneer the great local, ethically sourced produce movement. The brunch menu covers all the classics with the surprise dish Kedgeree. Our favourite hangover brunch is the hearty Chorizo Hash – perfectly poached eggs, fresh mushrooms, spinach and roasted tomatoes. If you’re in the mood for a lighter brunch, the newest edition to the menu, the Portobello mushrooms on sourdough toast will hit the spot.
Brunch is served all-day; £9.50 for ‘The Boss’ breakfast; bostonteaparty.co.uk
CÔTE BRASSERIE, MAILBOX
THE VIBE: Nestled by the water’s edge at the Mailbox, Côte is a slice of Paris. Marble tables, red leather seating and hanging cooper lighting give this place an authentic elegant Parisian brasserie feel. It opens at 8am, so it’s perfect for that early morning meeting or pre-shopping spree fix. Sit back and sip a Mimiso (a champagne and orange juice breakfast cocktail) or choose one of the 12 varieties of coffee while you mull over the menu.
THE FOOD: Food-wise, it’s good old-fashioned simple French cooking and you can’t go far wrong with a Crêpe Complète – warm crêpe with two free range eggs, streaky bacon and shaved Gruyère cheese. A lighter option would be the Breakfast Complet with fruit salad, French yoghurt pot and croissant.
The breakfast menu is served until 12noon during the week and until 1pm at weekends; £6.75 for the Crêpe Complète; cote-restaurants.co.uk
JU JU’S CAFÉ, BROWNING STREET
THE VIBE: Ju Ju’s café is a charming canal side restaurant just off Brindleyplace. Make the most of the al fresco seating and enjoy the panoramic view over the canal; the perfect spot for people watching and whiling away the afternoon. Even better, brunch is an all-day affair, so turn up at your leisure.
THE FOOD: Best-of-British comfort food will tempt your palate. Begin your weekend feast with a spicy bloody mary then tuck into the ‘Eggs in Purgatory’, delicious spinach on a toasted muffin with soft poached eggs and a medley of hot chilli vegetables in a rich tomato sauce. A naughty, but oh so indulgent treat would be the luxury breakfast sandwich, a sweet brioche layered with sausage, bacon, fried eggs and drizzled with creamy Hollandaise sauce.
Brunch is served all-day; £7.99 for the ‘Eggs in Purgatory’; jujuscafe.co.uk