Posted 19th June 2015
Everyone knows that finding a good breakfast is a big deal and in Bristol there are hundreds of places to choose from for that early morning meal. This post is a sample of some of our top breakfast picks. The selectionis by no means definitive. If you think we have missed somewhere out, please leave a comment and we will try it and let you know our thoughts!
No. 12 Easton
12 High St, Easton
No. 12 has fast become a firm favourite and a regular weekend haunt for us. I (Becci) am incapable of ignoring the freshly made waffles with bacon and maple syrup, while the No.12 bacon sarnie has the same affect on my other half. The coffee is Extract (natch), the vibe is chilled and the perfect place to cure your Plough hangover!
Arch 35 Lower Approach Rd, Temple Meads
A full review of Hart’s is LONG overdue and on its way soon. Basically if you haven’t been yet, stop what you are doing and go there NOW. You will never catch a train without popping in again. Breakfast options range from homemade pastries (almond croissant and seasonal fruit pastries are a particular favourite), cinnamon buns and what they describe as bacon and egg, which is basically bread soaked in egg in a muffin wrapped in bacon, buff said really. Again the coffee is Extract and they know how to make a damn good coffee. GO.
Bakers & co.
193 Gloucester Rd
Another long overdue review. Bakers & Co was always going to be good, it has Kieren and Imogen from Bravas behind it, but I hadn’t realised quite how good it was going to be. Inspired by the bakeries of San Fransisco, I defy you not to order the custard toast, yes that is toast soaked in custard fried and served with bacon. Fresh green juices are tempered with delightful coffee and a brunch range that gives New Zealand a run for its money.
Katie & Kim’s Kitchen
41 Picton St, Montpelier
Park yourself at the ginormous table or sit in the courtyard and enjoy being waited on by Katie and Kim. Cheese scones, poached eggs, muffins and a selection of other breakfast treats await. You’re guaranteed a laugh or two, too.
112 Princess Victoria St, Clifton
After drooling over Dan from Essex Eating’s photos of his weekly pilgrimage to Wallfish for a Sunday breakfast this had to be down. I went for The Wallfish Breakfast, which is a beast and comes with their own homemade beans and ALL the trimmings. The poached eggs also looked awesome, as did the smashed avocado. I haven’t been back yet but it’s only a matter of time.
Apsley Rd, Clifton
If you like your breakfasts spicy this is the place for you. A firm favourite is the shakshuka – eggs poached in a rich tomato and pepper base – we can’t resist adding extra merguez sausages to! Other options include Souk eggs and a more traditional fry up. The space is bright and airy, the price is good and the mint tea is delicious!
The Bristolian Cafe
2 Picton Street, Montpelier, Bristol
A bright and friendly cafe on Picton Street which serves up a mean breakfast. For £7.50 The Bristolian breakfast includes free range bacon, egg sausage, and black pudding and is served with crispy fried potatoes, rich and flavoursome baked tomatoes and wilted green spinach. A healthy portion packed with flavour. Wash it down with a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice, or even better a glass of their blood orange juice – delicious!
1 York Place, Clifton, Bristol
A new entry in 2012, and one that is most definitely at the top of my list (Becci). They are doing their best to make sure the old York Cafe site maintains its best breakfast reputation. Eggs Benedict = soft, perfectly cooked eggs, good quality ham, super hollandaise and crisp toasted muffins. Scrambled eggs and bacon = soft, creamy eggs, chewy bacon that almost resembles pancetta, crunchy toast. Coffee = delicious, tea = Attic tea. The one let down? Juice is from concentrate – we swap for Orangina – great for a hangover! These guys were a deserving winner of the Bristol Good Food Awards Best Breakfast and are now so popular that some Sundays you have to book in advance!!
16 The Promenade, Gloucester Road
Another new entry for 2012. Tart Cafe and food store serves an excellent breakfast. Whether you want wholesome muesli or a full on fry up, the quality of ingredients is excellent. Everything from welsh rarebit, pancakes, and even a boiled egg and soldiers are on the menu. Reasonably priced and a lovely place to start your weekend or banish your hangover!
Not sure if this is cheating or not as rather than one cafe this is five (in Bristol at least). I’ve had breakfast at quite a few of them now though and have to say it’s pretty damn good. A little on the pricey side, I think the loungers breakfast is about £6.50 however it tastes amazing. Not too greasy, but definitely hits the spot you get a bit of everything with this one – including black pudding – Yum! Atmosphere at the lounges is spot on, relaxed, warm and inviting with a huge selection of board games – perfect for passing time whilst Sunday brunching!
1 Queens Row, Clifton Triangle
One of the coolest cafe / diners in town – Rocotillos is a great haunt for Sunday morning breakfasts. Prices are average but the early morning breakfast club is an absolute steal. The award winning breakfasts here are very good inspite of the fact that they don’t come with baked beans which is a bit of a downer. My personal favourite is their breakfast roll. This is massive and not for the faint hearted but extremely tasty, not to mention their huge selection of milkshakes (I’d maybe think twice about ordering one if you’re particularly hungover) but they are extremely good. They certainly deserve their accolade of the Readers Choice Best Breakfast award and well worth a visit.
1 Clifton Arcade, Boyces Avenue, Clifton Village, Bristol |t: 0117 946 6577
Definitely not your typical greasy spoon but probably my favourite of the foodie selection (Gemma). Primrose Cafe is our more suave and sophisticated breakfast option. Bubble and squeak with poached eggs, bagels, eggs benedict, smoked salmon and croque-monsieur are just some of the choices from Primrose’s breakfast menu (the obligatory full English is of course still there as are a selection of pastries and croissants). The outdoor seating is lovely on a sunny sunday morning – Primrose even provide fleecey rugs and blankets so you can still enjoy outside when the weather’s on the chilly side! Prices aren’t cheap but the food really is second to none – this understated little cafe just keeps impressing me, lunch, dinner and now breakfast.
If you know of a brilliant breakfast haunt not in our selection – please let us know so we can check them out and feature them on our list!