Raise a toast: 9 brunch spots for every occasion
A bona fide excuse to drink before midday, plus, it's way easier to get a table booking for a morning slot. What are you waiting for? Bag brunch at one of these Berkshire gems
Who doesn’t love a bloody good brunch? Pancake stacks, avo on toast, bottomless flat whites… Throw in a mimosa and we’re there. Plus, with tables booked up across the county, brunch is a good shout if you can’t nab that sought-after lunch or evening booking.
Whether it’s a wholesome bircher muesli with a pal, coffee and the weekend papers with your other half, or a full-on cocktail-quaffing affair with your besties, here are some cracking brunch spots that should fit the bill.
An epic view to match its pic weekend brunch menu at the Coppa Club at The Swan in Streatley. Take your choice of covered or uncovered seats on the terrace and drink in the river location (not literally of course, there’s ample coffee, cocktails and softies here to quench your thirst). Dishes include the garden breakfast (two fried eggs, grilled halloumi, portobello mushrooms, tomato, greens, toast), and buckwheat and rye pancakes with berries, granola, seeds, coconut yoghurt…arguably a dessert to the former? Go for it… The weekend brunch menu is served 10am-3pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Coppa Club, Streatley
Brunch at Fego is served until 5pm so it doesn’t matter what time you roll out of bed (hey, we’re not judging) –plus it’s on top of shopping mecca that is Fenwick in The Lexicon Bracknell. The South African influence means there’s a laid back vibe here, and a cosmopolitan quirk to the menu. We love the spicy scrambled eggs with jalapeños, avocado, baby spinach, sautéed red onion, cheddar, feta and basil marinated tomatoes with toasted sourdough (yup, all on one plate) or the chai tea infused porridge if we’re feeling virtuous. Indoor and outdoor dining available. Open 10am-6pm Sun-Weds, until 8pm Thurs and 11pm Fri and Sat). Eat, drink, shop… REPEAT.
Fego, 2nd Floor, Fenwick Bracknell
Cool, quirky and in the heart of Reading. Thames Lido’s restaurant is loved almost as much as its infinity pool – and for good reason. The menu has a Mediterranean flavour, so while you might not be hopping right now, you can get a taste of what’s to come. Tuck into Granola, Smoked Salmon on Sourdough or try a Spanish Huevos Rotos (broken eggs), with fresh juices and seriously good coffee on tap. Book a Swim and Dine package, slip into your cozzie and you’ll be transported to somewhere more exotic than Reading. Breakfast is served 8.30am (9am on Sundays) – 11.45am.
Thames Lido, Reading
Did someone say Bottomless Brunch? Sign us up. The Greene Oak in Windsor is a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll. Owned by James Lyon Shaw and Jamie Dobbin (formerly of The Ivy London parish) their gastropub offer fuss-free dishes done to perfection. Saturday is dedicated to Bottomless brunch and you can plump for unlimited prosecco or perhaps a Mimosa at £20pp or upgrade to Moet for £30pp – based on two courses being ordered. I think we can manage that, the New Forest asparagus, chopped egg, brown butter hollandaise and White Label double cheeseburger, pickles, triple cooked chips sound delicious. There’s a two-hour limit, which sounds like a challenge to us… You’re on!
Greene Oak, Windsor
Foodies are falling over themselves to bag a table at one of Berkshire’s newest members of Top 50 Gastropubs – The Pheasant Inn in Shefford Woodland. This stylish gastropub with rooms offer a crowd-pleasing menu of comforting classics done to perfection. Using locally-sourced ingredients you’ll find American pancakes, the Full English, avo on toast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and there’s a Bloody Mary with your name on it too.Breakfast served 7.30-10.30 daily.
The Pheasant Inn, Shefford Woodland
Coworth Park is your go-to for a girls’ brunch – indulgent, glam and sophisticated, plus Windsor’s Royal Arcade is just down the road, perfect for a spot of shopping (Mint Velvet and Whistles, we’re coming for ya!) There’s a classic menu served at weekends which includes all the greats, like buttermilk pancakes and Eggs Benedict, Full English and so much more. Breakfast at The Barn is available Saturdays and Sundays 8am – 10.30am.
The Barn, Coworth Park, Ascot
Cafe Yolk’s, in the heart of Reading, is a brunch restaurant, has won awards for their food, so it would be criminal not to feature them on this list. There’s not a brunch dish they don’t do. Full English, Avo on sour dough toast straight up or with extras, eggs any style, Turkish Eggs, breakfast burgers, pancake stacks and so much more. Plus coffee just how you like, milkshakes, juices. It’s like a Generation Game of breakfast dishes.
Cafe Yolk Reading
OUT ON THE TOWN
Cobrizo Lounge is one of those places that somehow ticks all the boxes. In the centre of town but minutes from the river, the interior is packed with character, the food is great and you can dine here whether you’re with girlfriends or out and about in Newbury with the kids. There’s an extensive brunch menu with the option to order a glass of fizz or a Bloody Mary with your food. It’d be rude not to, wouldn’t it?
Cobrizo Lounge, Newbury
FARM TO FORK
Countryside views and a field to fork ethos that ensures your food is super-fresh. Wellington Farm Shop’s all-day breakfast menu is legendary – simple but utterly delicious. Plus it’s kid-friendly offering a kids menu and a lovely spot for them to play. Feed them and pack them off to clamber over the wooden climbing frame while you enjoy a coffee and bacon sarnie in peace. There is a healthier Superfood Muesli Bowl, but why would you?