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16 of the Best Brunch Spots Across the North East Love Lily
Eat and Drink
January 2024
Reading time 5 Minutes

Full English, avocado on toast or giant pancake stacks - these North East brunch spots have something for everyone

Here's where to go.

Little Aidan’s

2 Newlands Road, Newcastle NE2 3NT
0191 285 9619

Little Aidan’s is the newly opened hidden gem from the team who brought us the popular Aidan’s Kitchen in Sandyford. Serving the same delicious food, try the jalapeño Royale with smoked salmon for a spicy kick, or keep it sweet with Little Aidan’s fluffy pancake stack topped with maple-glazed bacon, blueberry compote or maple syrup.

Kith & Kin

172 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3QW
0191 289 3465

If you’re visiting the coast for brunch look no further than Kith & Kin. Check out their specials or try something from the regular menu which includes breakfast butties and eggs on toast. For something a little different, we recommend The Aussie with halloumi, beetroot hummus, mushrooms, kale and a fried egg, served on sourdough with a lemon and herb dressing.

Food at Little Aidan’s Little Aidan’s

Love Lily

Herrington County Park, Penshaw,
Houghton-le-Spring DH4 7EL
0191 565 6329

After making a name for themselves with their Instagrammable pancake stacks and delicious breakfasts, Love Lily have opened their latest venue in Herrington Park, open seven days a week. Choose sweet buttermilk pancakes with toppings such as banoffee, Kinder or white chocolate and strawberries, or order yours savoury with streaky bacon or sausages and house syrup. If you’re after something more traditional, Love Lily have a full English breakfast and truffled mushrooms on toast.

The Landing

Beadnell NE67 5FD
01665 524005

After a walk along Beadnell’s sweeping bay head to The Landing to warm up with a hearty breakfast. From a full English (with Bamburgh banger sausages and Northumbrian black pudding, of course) to eggs Florentine and Seahouses kippers on toast, there’s plenty to choose from here. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try the French toast with mixed berries and crème fraîche.

Smoke & Sear

182 Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6 5HP
0191 276 3081

Starting out at HWKR Market cooking tasty dishes over fire, Smoke & Sear now have a permanent premises on Heaton Road. Take a seat to enjoy the sweet croffles (check the blackboard for the weekly toppings), breakfast muffins and a full English made with local Block & Bottle sausages, bacon, homemade hash browns, tomatoes, mushrooms, barbecue beans and Northern Rye sourdough. The real highlight here is the steak and eggs – think flat iron steak (cooked over fire), served with two free-range eggs, homemade sweet red pepper sauce and a drizzle of house green sauce.

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Bertrams Café  Bertrams Café

Bertrams Café  

19 Bridge Street, Warkworth NE65 0XB
01665 798070

Tucked away in Warkworth, Bertrams Café serve breakfast and brunch using the very best Northumbrian produce. Cosy up by the log burning stoves and order eggs Florentine or a full English fry up. There are also lighter options such as granola and berries, porridge or breakfast sandwiches to fuel your day, or try the locally-smoked Seahouses kipper fillets on toast.


96a Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DL
0191 252 7095

This dog-friendly café near the coast is all about fresh ingredients, delicious flavours and speciality drinks – the chaga hot chocolate is their most popular, whilst dishes include Turkish toast, Italian eggs Benedict and shakshuka, or keep it traditional with avocado and herby cherry tomatoes on toast with streaky bacon.

Sunday Coffee and Kitchen Sunday Coffee and Kitchen

Sunday Coffee and Kitchen

17 Market Place, Guisborough TS14 6BN

Step inside this bright and colourful café for everything from posh beans on toast and loaded oats, to pancakes and build-your-own açai bowls – we love ours with strawberries, Nutella and chai seeds.


1–3 Dryden Road, Low Fell NE9 5HP
0191 429 1460

Using the best locally-sourced ingredients, head to Ellison’s in Low Fell for brunch. The menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons, but expect to find French toast, smoked haddock bake and breakfast sandwiches on the menu. Don’t miss the Ellison’s hash made with crispy potatoes, roasted peppers and onions, beans, spring onion hash browns and sourdough toast.

The Dispensary

Heber Street, Newcastle NE4 5TN
0191 435 8719

People flock here for the quirky flavoured drinks (think bubblegum frappés with sprinkles and glitter) and the chemist-themed extras added to your dishes. Try the giant pancake stacks with sauce-filled syringes in Lotus Biscoff, jam and custard and apple and cinnamon crumble flavours, or order the chicken and waffles, French toast or build your own full English. We recommend the drip iced coffee for an extra cool twist.

Glasshouse Café at Bradley Gardens

Sled Lane, Wylam NE41 8JH
01661 852176

Cosy up and enjoy brunch whilst overlooking the beautiful 18th century walled gardens at the Glasshouse Café at Bradley Gardens. Tuck into fresh fruit salad or homemade granola, followed by freshly-baked pastries with coffee, fruit juice or a smoothie. Order eggs Benedict, smoked salmon on toast or the full English breakfast if you’re feeling hungry.

Flamingo Café

Unit 3 The Castleside, Seaham Harbour Marina SR7 7EE

Take a trip to this independent health food café at Seaham Marina and enjoy delicious nutritious dishes. From buddha bowls to protein shakes, superfood lattes and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, they have it all here. We love the winter berry crumble porridge with cinnamon, honey and nuts, or order the harissa chicken and chorizo tostada with harissa mayo and spinach.

The Copper Kettle

103 Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HP
07482 119730

This family-run bistro in Hartlepool serves delicious cooked breakfasts, including a hearty veggie breakfast with vegan sausages, vegan meatballs, halloumi, eggs, beans, hash browns, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast. The French toast is also a winner here, or order the eggs Florentine for something lighter. Taking the kids? There are a number of dishes with portions perfect for smaller eaters.

Pancakes at The Dispensary The Dispensary
Cooked breakfast at Glasshouse Café at Bradley Gardens Glasshouse Café at Bradley Gardens
Avocando on toast at Flamingo Café Flamingo Café
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge Estate The Coach House at Middleton Lodge Estate

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge Estate

Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas, Richmond DL10 6NJ
01325 377977

With an estate-to-plate approach, The Coach House in the heart of Middleton Lodge’s 200-acre estate serves dishes created with ingredients taken from the walled garden, and what can’t be sourced onsite comes from the best local suppliers. For brunch, we recommend the smoked salmon muffin with poached Wensleydale eggs and hollandaise sauce, but if you’re in the mood for something sweet, the Scotch pancakes with garden blackcurrant compote and natural yoghurt are delicious.

Flat White Kitchen

40 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU
0191 384 0725

Something of an institution in Durham, you’ll probably see the queue of people outside before you see this cosy café – but the delicious coffee, cake and unmissable brunch is worth the wait. Housed in a beautifully renovated 17th century townhouse in the heart of the city, the brunch offerings include baked eggs and classic avocado on sourdough toast, with our go-to being the ricotta pancakes topped with fresh fruit, maple syrup and cinder toffee butter.

Signals Café

1a Station Square, Saltburn TS12 1QA
01287 623319

Ideally located at Saltburn’s station, Signals is a popular choice for many brunch-goers. The extensive menu has both sweet and savoury options; if you’re feeling hungry, order the full English or the breakfast burger with bacon, a sausage patty, omelette, cheese, tomato chutney, spinach leaves and sriracha mayo. For something sweet, try the banana bread with chocolate sauce, honeycomb and caramel. Why not try bottomless brunch served with mojitos, raspberry and elderflower fizz, Signals session larger or Prosecco?

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