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LET’S BRUNCH

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We’d say that brunch is the most important meal of the day – from creamy bircher oats to matcha waffles with strawberries and cream, or smoked haddock Benedict – there’s always something scrumptious to start your day the right way

ARLO BISTRO CAFÉ
36–38 Brentwood Avenue, West Jesmond NE2 3DH
0191 281 4838 www.arlojesmond.com
ARLO is a foodie heaven with Alpine memorabilia on the walls, retro knick-knacks to browse and a totally laid-back vibe to enjoy. What’s more, they serve up the king of eggs Benedicts. Layered up like a little masterpiece with the toasted muffin at the base, spinach, kettle cooked ham, a poached egg and thick, creamy hollandaise on top, with a sprinkling of mixed seeds – dreamy. 

MANNION & CO KITCHEN
5 Castlegate, Helmsley, York YO62 5AB 
01439 770044
1 Blake Street, York YO1 8QJ
01904 631030 www.mannionandco.co.uk
It’s up to you how you kick start your day, but all we’re saying is – no bad day ever started with pancakes. Our choice – little doughy circles of banana and oat pancakes with plum compote, honey, a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of homemade granola. 

NUMBER9 BISTRO 
Broadway, Ponteland NE20 9PW
01661 820820 www.number9bistro.co.uk
This swanky new restaurant opened last year in Darras Hall and has a hearty (and really good) brunch menu on offer. We like the sound of the posh beans on toast with sourdough bread, baked beans, two poached eggs and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top. 

WILD PLUM
34-36 Hookstone Road, Harrogate HG2 8BW
01423 815 320 www.snootyfrox.co.uk/the-wild-plum 
As the old saying goes, you eat with your eyes first. If this is the case, then visitors to Wild Plum will be pleased; everything on the menu is painfully Instagram-worthy, particularly the 
matcha waffles, served with strawberry, whipped cream and meringue. If deciding what to order from the all-too-tempting menu proves a challenge, then opt for the signature Brekkie Board, featuring miniature versions of their super-seeded bircher oats, smoothie, protein energy balls, and homemade sourdough with smashed avocado. 

UPPER WEST STREET 
7 West Street, Berwick TD15 1AS
01289 331711 www.upperwestst.co.uk
We’re pretty big fans of anywhere that serves brunch all day long and the Upper West Street in Berwick does exactly that. That means a sleep in, fluffy French toast or doughy pancakes drizzled in maple syrup, topped with fresh fruit and a sparkling cocktail on the side. 

FETTLE
73 Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3BR 
01132443838 www.fettlecafe.com 
Fettle have really nailed the Scandi-style interiors: think oversized Edison bulbs, faux fur throws and rustic bench seats. Far from the bog-standard breakfast menu, Fettle are dishing up everything from salt beef hash with paprika roast potatoes to mixed beans and chorizo on toasted sourdough. Our pick of the bunch is their homemade flapjack granola with peanut butter yoghurt, raspberry chia jam and banana. Their drinks list is equally innovative, featuring blue spirulina lemonade, kombucha and red velvet lattes. 

WALLIS AND CO
12A Navigation Point, Hartlepool TS24 0UH
01429 862228 www.facebook.com/wallisandcobarandkitchen
This brunch spot, nestled in Hartlepool Marina, is a lovely place to tuck into your eggs: royal, Benedict, scrambled, poached, you name it. Try a ‘Monkey Anger’ cocktail on the side – Monkey Shoulder Whiskey shaken with banana liqueur, pineapple juice and lime, with a half peeled banana as a garnish – to score one of your five a day. 

PARTISAN
112 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX 
01904 629866 www.partisanuk.com 
We love the ethos behind this distinctive café-cum-antique store: everything you see – from the chair you perch on to the art adorning the walls – is up for sale. The menu changes weekly to reflect Yorkshire’s natural larder, but their ‘Eggs in Purgatory’ is always a must: baked eggs with spicy Nduja sausage and tomato sauce, topped with parmesan and fresh basil. 

KITH & KIN 
172 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3QW
www.eveogilvie.co.uk
With a brunch menu made up of dishes inspired from all round the globe, you can travel to Australia for an Aussie-inspired fried eggs with hummus and sautéed mushrooms and kale, or to Mexico for a toasted flatbread topped with spicy salsa, fried eggs, crispy bacon and a dollop of cool sour cream. 

MADE BY JONTY 
363 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZG
07803 082488 www.madebyjonty.co.uk
Sheffield’s bursting with great brunch spots – Tamper, Forge Bakehouse, COUCH, to name but a few – but we love the laid-back spirit at this particular joint. Even better, they’ve managed to combine all the best elements of brunch – bacon, sausage, Emmental cheese, herby omelette – into a bagel. Quite literally, what more could you want? 

Tuck into more delicious brunch spots in our September Yorkshire issue out on Thursday.

Published in: July 2018

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