The Ultimate Guide To Brunching Across The North East and Yorkshire
We've rounded up the best brunch spots across the North East and Yorkshire
1A Station Square, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1AQ
In the heart of Saltburn you’ll find the bright, modern and welcoming Signals café and bar which has been serving breakfasts, brunches and baked cakes since 1986. Using locally-sourced ingredients, Signals has a range of tasty dishes on the menu including our favourite, the strawberry fool loaded porridge with strawberry coulis, raspberries, dark chocolate and pistachio dust. There are also dishes such as banana bread with chocolate and honeycomb, traditional fullenglish breakfasts and lots of veggie and vegan options.
KITH AND KIN
172 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3QW
0191 289 3465
Kith and Kin is a popular artisan coffeehouse which serves globally-inspired brunch and lunch dishes. Expect daily specials alongside a vast menu meaning there is plenty of choice – although we always seem to choose The Aussie, which includes sourdough topped with grilled halloumi, mushrooms, kale and a fried egg, accompanied by a beetroot hummus, a Middle Eastern blend of nuts, seeds and spices and finished with a lemon and herb olive oil. They’re a short walk from Whitley Bay’s seafront, so you can enjoy a warming, hearty breakfast before blowing the cobwebs away on the sandy beach.
Unit 7–8, Block D, Heart of the City, Sheffield S1 4HS
0114 479 7980
Whether you’re a foodie at heart, or just love the idea of a good brunch dish, we can all agree that choosing from the menu can be hard. At The Furnace in Sheffield, they have taken the difficulty of choosing one dish away by offering a build-your-own brunch board. Pick from a menu including baked pastries, fruit and granola, eggs and hearty sausage dishes. Our board would include the papaya and buckwheat granola followed by the baked shakshuka, the Cumberland sausage wheel and the jalapeño cornbread, finished off with Nutella French toast and a glass of green boost juice – we suggest you go with an empty stomach!
19a Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 2JR
When the weather is cold and bleak, head to Bloc for a warming breakfast. Loaded toast dishes are a favourite here, with options such as mushroom and tomato, as well as bacon and scrambled eggs. We love the sound of their chorizo barbecued beans on toast topped with a fried egg – delicious! But if you’re wanting something a little sweeter, order their house porridge sprinkled with berries, fruit and nuts.
1–3 Market Lane, Newcastle NE1 6QQ
0191 261 7222
Escape the hustle of the city centre in this bohemian-style restaurant complete with lots of real greenery, hanging chairs and twinkling lights. Their brunch dishes, served daily from 10am till 3pm, are not to be missed and are made with locally-sourced ingredients where possible. Our favourites include the brioche French toast with lemon mascarpone and lemon curd, topped with strawberries and dusted with icing sugar, as well as the delicious shloumi and spicy shakshuka.
16 New Station Street, Leeds LS1 5DL
In 2021 Laynes Espresso celebrated their 10th anniversary, and since launching their café in the heart of Leeds they have gone from strength to strength. Now offering breakfast and brunch dishes, expect bacon and sausage breakfast muffins, savoury pancakes and the classic full English. Our favourite though is the carrot and courgette fritters with Kasundi, yoghurt, spring onions, coriander and paneer – the perfect brunch dish for those wanting something a little different.
11–15 Starbeck Avenue, Newcastle NE2 1RH
0191 261 6852
Brunching at the weekend is always a good idea, but when you’re thinking of heading to Aidan’s Kitchen, make sure to book as this popular Newcastle café is always busy. It’s no wonder either when the menu is so extensive, offering steak and eggs, tahini and Harissa stew and jalapeño Royale. Sip on a silky smooth latte or cappuccino and enjoy a cake or two from the counter (if you can manage it after brunch.) With regular specials featuring ingredients sourced from other local independent businesses, you’ll be spoilt for choice here.
TREEHOUSE BAR AND RESTAURANT
3 The Weir, Hessle, Kingston upon Hull HU13 0SB
Kickstart your day with something delicious from Hull’s Treehouse Bar and Restaurant. By night this floral and unique bar turns into the perfect place to go dancing, but during the day you can kick back and enjoy a range of tasty brunch dishes. Choose from chicken and waffles, Kinderella pancakes, smashed avocado on toast or eggs Royale. If you want something different, we recommend ordering the Spanish eggs with crispy skinned potatoes, tomato salsa, chorizo, fried eggs and chipotle, accompanied by a slice of toasted sourdough.
18–20 Coach Street Skipton BD23 1LH
Elsworth Kitchen is an award-winning, vibrant restaurant located in the historic canal quarter of Skipton, serving fresh authentic food created by head chef Bruce Elsworth. During the week the full-English breakfast is a must here – served with all the usual; cured bacon, pork sausages, flat mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and eggs of your choice. For a lighter bite, try the nutty granola with blueberry compote and farmhouse natural yoghurt, or if you’re brunching on a Saturday, be sure to order the farmhouse black pudding with ham hock, smoked beans, poached eggs and bourbon glaze to power you through the weekend.
BREW AND BROWNIE
5 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT
In the heart of York, Brew and Brownie will easily become your go-to brunch café when shopping or visiting the city. It has already made a name for itself with locals and tourists alike, but the real highlight here is their passion for using quality, local ingredients. Nearby butchers, farmers and bakers all supply their goods to the chefs here. A popular choice is the American pancake stacks loaded with fruit compote, streaky bacon and maple syrup, or salted caramel and banana toppings.
YOLK FARM KITCHEN
Minskip Road, Boroughbrige, York YO51 9HY
Egg lovers rejoice! This is the world’s first egg restaurant on a real working free-range egg farm. Alongside the award-winning Minskip Farm Shop which sells a range of delicious local produce, Yolk Farm Kitchen have a team of talented chefs who use the farm’s own freshly laid eggs to conjure up some amazing brunch dishes every morning. From pancake stacks with crispy fried free-range chicken, hot hollandaise sauce, maple syrup, smoked bacon and Yolk Farm hen’s eggs, to full Yolk-shire veggie breakfasts and avocado and eggs on toast, there is plenty of choice on the menu.
HIVE COFFEE COMPANY
Church Bank, Jarrow NE32 3DY
Escape the hustle and bustle, and settle down to a tasty breakfast which has been made using fresh ingredients grown on site at Hive Coffee Company. Set in a Grade-II listed manor house which overlooks Drewetts Park and St Paul’s Monastery, the café (which is dogfriendly too) is the perfect place for a relaxing brunch. Their current winter menu includes poached eggs on sourdough and breakfast sandwiches, as well as some festive plates like bubble and squeak fritters.
THE TRUFFLED HOG
28 College Square, Stokesley TS9 5DN
A modern twist on a traditional delicatessen is what you’ll find at The Truffled Hog in Stokesley. In the evening, offerings of carefully curated seasonal plates and complementary wine options are available, but when you’re sitting down for brunch we recommend the Okinamiyaki – Japanese fritters with bacon, belly pork, cabbage, spring onions and bonito flakes. There are also eggs Royale, chorizo hash bowls and bacon and egg sarnies on the menu.
THE WILD PLUM
34–36 Hookstone Road, Harrogate HG2 8BW
Located on the first floor of Snooty Frox fashion boutique, you’ll find the extremely popular Wild Plum. Serving dishes which are home-cooked and lovingly prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients by head chef Bethany Haresign and her team, expect exceptional flavours and exquisite presentation. The regularly changing menu allows diners to return to sample a new range of mouthwatering dishes each time, but expect the likes of savoury French toast and fruity pancakes, as well as classic dishes such as avocado on toast with a twist.
1 Boyd Street, Shieldfield NE2 1AP
0191 260 5216
Ernest is an industrial-chic space where casual and seasonal dishes are often served alongside live entertainment – perfect for an alternative brunch date. Although the menu at Ernest isn’t as extensive as elsewhere, the food is honest and flavoursome – the chorizo hash bowl with red onions, spinach, hash potatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce is our go-to.
1A Royal Parade, Harrogate HG1 2SZ
Hoxton North is a London-inspired coffee shop and brunch restaurant founded by husband and wife team Timothy and Victoria Bosworth. Bringing the passion and culture of the East End of London to Harrogate, the pair offer a seasonally-inspired and globally-influenced menu which changes regularly. Excellent eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royale are served here, alongside smoked salmon, avocado and eggs on a bloomer slice, but our favourite is the French toast, either sweet (with strawberries and Belgian chocolate) or savoury (including smoked bacon and maple syrup). And don’t forget to order a coffee from Hoxton North – their range of hand-selected boutique roasters is like no other.
FLAT CAPS COFFEE
9–11 Carliol Square, Newcastle NE1 6UF
0191 261 5748
A definite hidden gem in the centre of Newcastle, the quirky Flat Caps Coffee serves dishes including smoked beetroot-cured salmon on seeded soda bread, Turkish eggs and fried porridge (trust us, the lemon curd with Chantilly cream, raspberry compote and shortbread goes perfectly with their house porridge.) The highlight here though is the coffee – as Newcastle’s first speciality coffee shop, these guys know their stuff and you can purchase their selection of beans via their website.
12 Station Road, Whitley Bay NE26 2RA
0191 447 5920
When there are queues down the street, you know it means the food is good, and that’s the case at Pablo Eggsgobao who made a name for themselves in Heaton before setting up shop on Station Road in Whitley Bay. Don’t let the queue put you off though, the bao’s here are totally worth it. This quirky takeaway breakfast spot might only offer the breakfast bao and a veggie version on their menu, but need they offer more when their giant bao bun filled with a hash brown, sausage patty and melted cheese, topped with egg, Sriracha and burger sauce hits the spot every time?
1 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS
0114 303 4285
At this Sheffield hot spot ingredients are locally sourced, dishes are globally inspired and the focus is on excitement, colour and sustainability. On the eclectic menu of breakfast, lunch, coffee and cakes, there is plenty to choose from. We recommend the smoked salmon eggs Benedict with poached eggs, sautéed greens, mini capers and dill hollandaise sauce, or the Turkish eggs, the cheddar and jalapeño cornbread or the creamed wild mushrooms on sourdough.
FLAMINGO CAFÉ AND BAR
Unit 3 The Castleside,
Seaham Harbour Marina, Seaham SR7 7EE
Flamingo Café and Bar is there to be our saving grace when it comes to eating clean. Without compromising on flavour, portions or presentation, Flamingo Café serve up fresh and healthy food including their bulletproof nourishing bowls, sweet potato hash dishes, breakfast bagels and fruity granola servings. Their smoothies are a musttry too, especially the ginger ninja juice.
61 Market Place, Wetherby LS22 6LN
When the weather is a little finer, head to Kofi&Co for a delicious cup of fresh, locally-roasted coffee on their heated front terrace or in the private garden. Serving wholesome plates and sweet treats too, this independent restaurant take pride in preparing creative dishes, using quality ingredients from right here in Yorkshire. For those with a hearty appetite, try the BreakFeast burrito filled with sausage, bacon, beans, mushrooms, an omelette and melted cheese, and if you have a sweet tooth, the lemon and blueberry pancake stack served with toasted coconut and maple syrup sounds divine.