Brilliant Brunches in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk
Oh avocado on toast, how we've missed you! Brunch is back (hooray for bottomless fizz), so don't miss our round up of the top places to sink some Bloody Mary's with your bestie
FItzbillies, Trumpington Street
FItzbillies turned 100 last year, a real Cambridge institution famous for its Chelsea buns. Owner Tim Hayward has modernised the decor and the menu and made it into a real destination for brunch and more. You can have some of those sticky buns or you can try the delicious Avo on toast which is served with a zingy salsa, or why not go the whole hog and with the meaty muffin stack of sausage, bacon and ‘beef’ tomato, topped with a fried egg on a toasted English muffin. Personally, I’d always go for the veggie breakfast because of the hash browns – crispy and fluffy and bloomin’ marvellous for hangovers.
Scotts All Day, Mill Road Cambridge
A sister restaurant of Fitzbillies, with the same cool vibe, Scott’s All Day has cornered the bottomless brunch in Cambridge and has been packed out since it has opened again with punters desperate to squeeze every last drop of fun out of their weekend. The Bottomless Brunch is £35 per head for two hours, although drinks (fizz or beer) will be refilled for 90 minutes. Soak it all up with classic brunch style food such as’ The Lumberjack’ consisting of two pancakes, Mill Road Butchers sausage patty, two slices of streaky bacon, two fried eggs & crispy potatoes. Or why not go for the salmon & cream cheese pizza, Scott’s take on the classic bagel brunch. Bottomless Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday 10 – 14:30.
The Old Bicycle Shop, Cambridge
How about brunch in a bike shop? Well, it’s not really a bike shop anymore apart from the name and the quirky bits and pieces around the place, like bike-handle antlers – love! The Old Bicycle Shop was once the oldest bike shop in the country – Howes traded on Regent Street for 173 years. Now a great gastropub run by the powerhouse of foodie pubs – the City Pub Company and an ideal buzzy brunch place. There are great vegan and veggie options like cornbread, with chickpea, tomato & aubergine ragu or plump for smashed avocado, cherry tomato & dukkha on toast. Non-vegans can enjoy Eggs Benedict, Royale or Florentine. Served 10- 3 Mon to Sun.
Hot Numbers, Shepreth
Hot Numbers has two fab cafés in Cambridge and now the HQ and Roastery in Shepreth – with a cafe, bakery, and coffee training facility where Joe Bloggs can learn all about his cup of Joe. Hot Numbers are famous for their brunch menu (served 8-3 pm) – the same in all locations – which features a fantastic version of avocado on toast (on home-baked sourdough) with beetroot, radish, burnt lime, chilli, and sesame – add a poached egg for perfection. Or maybe go for the bacon maple buttermilk pancakes. Wash it all down with expertly blended coffees or Kandula teas.
The River Terrace Café – St Ives
Right on the river in the pretty town of St Ives the River Terrace café has a great mini cocktail list which goes nicely with the brunch menu, with Bloody Marys, Elderflower fizz, Mimosa, or a Paloma for the adventurous. For eats choose from traditional full English, croque monsieur or brioche French toast or a vegan tofu scramble for the health conscious. This great brunch with a view is served until 3pm every day.
The Two Magpies Bakery
It’s tough to get a table at the Southwold branch of The Two Magpies – so get there early, but it is always worth the wait even if you have to queue. There’s the bigger – the mothership bakery with a cafe- a short drive away on the A12 in Darsham. Feast on incredible baked goods, from croissants to muffins, or cinnamon swirl the size of your head, but we really like the sound of the filled brioche: Avocado, halloumi, Stokes chili jam & a fried egg or Clarkes of Bramfield streaky bacon, sausage, rosti potato & a fried egg – Er, yes, please. The bagels with salmon lox with cream cheese, capers, cucumber & red onion also sounds totally yum.
Honey and Harvey
Founded by Harvey Allen in 2011 Honey & Harvey is super popular with the locals and the tourists and has a team of talented chefs, bakers and baristas all ready to make you a brilliant brunch. There’s an all-day brunch menu that has all your faves plus some real individual touches like a filled flaguette (flat baguette apparently) try the Spaniard with chorizo, parma ham, manchego, and roasted garlic mayo or the Mexican eggs flatbread with two fried eggs, avocado, pineapple salsa, halloumi, chilli oil, and crispy onions. Mmmm. Brunch is served 9 – 3pm.
A beacon of brunch brilliance, Gastronome on Abbeygate in Bury has the sort of menu you have to read for around 20 minutes before you can decide because everything sounds so good. There’s plenty of unusual treats to get your tastebuds tingling– including the famous Pain Perdu – an Indian inspired Welsh Rarebit topped with a sunny side up egg. If you have a penchant for pancakes (or are suffering from a sore head) then go for Hangover Stack – a triple stack of gravity-defying pancakes- topped with bacon, fried egg, maples syrup. The ultimate breakfast bagel also sounds to die for– includes a bagel tower, avo, potatoes rosti crispy bacon, egg wedge and cheese – oh my! Why not wash it down with a mermaid Me-mosa (see what they did there) made with blue Carocoa and limonata and prosecco. If you chose the bottomless option you can have unlimited standard me-mosas for 90 mins all for £34.95 per head Monday to Sunday, 9-2pm
Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich
Fancy a day out and a bumper brunch? Jimmy has turned his farm into a great attraction for families, and as you would expect the food is proper pukka. From fry ups to the requisite Avo on toast, to wonderful waffles – all the food is locally sourced and done to Jimmy’s high standards. Plenty of things to see and do too with recently added wildlife park as well as all the farm attractions.
Café Bencotto, Felixstowe
We love the sound of the Mediterranean themed brunch at Café Bencotto in Felixstowe – set apart from the usual breakfast or brunch fayre here you can feast on pancakes topped with mascarpone, honey, and crushed biscotti or why not try the Huevos Estrellados – sautéed potatoes topped with two fried eggs and spicy tomato sauce or try the Frittatas- three free range eggs, fluffy omelette, seasoned and filled with Chorizo and tomato The list goes on and on and it all sounds it would need a high quality, delicately sparkly prosecco to go with it, which they of course have plenty of.