A wise man once described brunch as a Sunday meal for Saturday night carousers and to be honest, I couldn’t agree more. It might take a little while to discover some of the hidden gems of Birmingham when it comes to brunch (especially with a sore head), but here’s ten to get you started. Keep reading for ten of the best brunch restaurants in Birmingham!
“Brunch is not a meal. Brunch is a competition. And I’m winning.” -Matt Bellasai
1. Slug and Lettuce, Brindley Place
Right on the water’s edge, the Slug and Lettuce offers a short but satisfying selection of brunch dishes from strawberry jam toast to a full fry up, with most plates costing no more than £5.50, for those who may have spent a little too much the night before. Best of all, S&L has an accompanying boozy brunch menu…
2. The Botanist, Temple Street
For those who don’t fancy getting out of bed before noon, The Botanist is ideal. The options are endless; put together your own deli board with friends or opt for dishes like the tiger prawn and avocado salad, pan-fried garlic mushrooms and smoked haddock fishcake. They also have a gorgeously creative and impressively large drinks menu.
3. The Plough, Harborne High Street
Easily one of the most instagrammed eateries in Edgbaston, The Plough has that perfect lazy brunch atmosphere. Their self-described ‘fresh, homemade and comforting’ brunch menu ranges from chia seed granola and short-stack pancakes, warm pastries and eggs Benedict, Royale or Florentine, to smoked salmon with avocado. Oh, and of course the Plough has its own legendary Bloody Mary.
4. Boston Tea Party, Harborne High Street
A café slash bar nestled in a grade II listed building, Boston Tea Party boasts a secret garden, reclaimed furniture and old signs from its former days as a school house. The breakfast, brunch and lighter menus are served all day alongside the best toasties, salads and a really unique mains menu. Popular with locals and students alike thanks to dishes like the halloumi pitta, one of the best things about BTP is how well it caters for vegetarian, vegan and wheat-free lifestyles.
5. The Church, Great Hampton Street
If you’re looking for something unique, then The Church can offer you exactly that; ‘a pub with a twist, down home Louisiana cookin’ meets French Bistro elegance’. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a pub more devoted to good food than The Church. Get yourself up to the garden terrace, deliberate between jerk pork ribs, Baja fish tacos and grits and greens and soak it all up.
6. All Bar One, Brindley Place
Classy, understated and offering some pretty fierce cocktails, including a drinks menu devoted entirely to brunch, what more could you need? Apart from a few dozen items from the patisserie, some sharing dishes from the tapas menu and maybe a chicken quesadilla or kale and houmous flatbread to top off. Brunch has never looked so good.
7. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Café
Nestled in the midst of 40 galleries is one of the most vibrant tearooms imaginable. With portraits plastering the walls and an exhibit on the overhanging balcony, this café defies expectation. Spend a lazy couple of hours immersing yourself in what the museum and gallery have to offer, before stopping for some proper comfort food and a hot drink, perfect for a cosy brunch.
8. Handmade Burger Company, Grand Central
Perhaps not the most obvious choice of restaurant for lunch, I guarantee the Handmade Burger Company will leave you pleasantly surprised with a brunch menu available between 9am and 11am. Build your own platter, try the vegetarian options or opt for the more traditional brunch choices of pancakes and bacon butties.
9. Fallen Angel Bakery, Harborne High Street
Cake is the way to go when it comes to this bakery, affectionately known as FAB to a few. With a multitude of cakes, brownies and cheesecakes, opt to eat in, have some tea and enjoy the hand-painted rainbow teapots that comforting brew comes in. FAB also has a pretty diverse savoury menu too for those lacking a sweet-tooth.
10. The Malt House, King Edwards Road, Brindley Place
For a slightly boozier brunch, The Malt House offers dark rums, meaty sharer plates and a legendary BBQ sauce made from their very own Taylor Walker 1730 pale ale. Enjoy a view of the famous Birmingham canals from the balcony and recover from a heady night spent down the road on Broad Street.