Bristol, the largest city in the south west of the UK, is home to a fantastic selection of restaurants, parks, and cultural venues. With two buzzing universities, galleries, gorgeous Georgian architecture, Banksy, plus Brunel’s iconic suspension bridge, there’s plenty to see and do. All that exploring requires lots of energy however, so read our updated guide to where to get the best breakfast or brunch before exploring Bristol.
Sat in the middle of Bristol’s multi-million pound shopping centre, Cabot’s Circus, Harvey Nichols dominates the skyline. As well as being famous for fashion, this iconic shop also houses a fantastic restaurant, complete with brunch and breakfast staples. The Bristol restaurant is situated on the second floor, and offers stunning views across the city, where guests can while away a few hours before being served food by award-winning executive chef Louise McCrimmon. Dishes include sardine and tomato crostini, buttermilk and banana pancakes, and grilled chorizo with beans and a deep-fried egg. There is also a selection of great cocktails to wash down these delicious dishes with.
A relatively new venture in the heart of the city, Rosemarino in Clifton is the first of two family owned cafes that serve great brunch and breakfast. As well as food, the café puts on art exhibitions to show off the best in local artistic talent, with the current exhibit including work from Kelly Stewart, an artist who uses her time in Bristol to sketch local landmarks. Dishes include poached eggs, granola, and a ‘legendary’ one-pan wonder. This includes a number of breakfast staples, including bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes, topped with two fried eggs and melted cheese. For the exceptionally hungry, toast can be added for a little extra charge.
Rosemarino, 1 York Pl, Bristol, UK, +44 117 973 6677
Situated in All Saints Lane, near the famous St Nicholas’ Market, is The Rummer. Hard to find, The Rummer has a dedicated clientele that regularly fill its low vaults and art deco dining room. Originally a rough around the edges skinhead pub, the venue is now one of the South West’s most upmarket places to eat and, as such, the brunch is a must-taste experience. The brunch menu includes eggs Benedict, Royale and Florentine, as well as kedgeree – a dish of rice and kippers – and, of course, the obligatory full English breakfast, complete with bacon, sausages and rich blood pudding.