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The Best Valentine's Brunch Spots

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The Best Valentine's Brunch Spots
Whether you’re sharing the love with a partner, spending time with family or celebrating ‘palentines' with your bestie, eat (and drink) your heart out this Valentine’s weekend with our top spots

North East

ARLO
Newcastle NE2 3DH
0191 281 4838
www.arlojesmond.com
A favourite amongst locals, Arlo is a popular restaurant with a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and retro knick-knacks add a quirky touch. Arrive early for a table (it’s notoriously busy in the mornings) and start Valentine’s Day with a hearty cooked breakfast, sat outside wrapped in their blankets. 

KITH & KIN 
172 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3QW
www.eveogilvie.co.uk
With a brunch menu made up of dishes inspired from around 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. 

Ernest
1 Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP
0191 260 5216
www.weareernest.com
In keeping with its art school bearing, there’s no thought of settling for a bog standard menu here. It’s all louche, Eastern-spiced tweaks to the norm: the eggs eclipso, for instance, stars poached eggs in a smoky tomato and pepper sauce with sumac flatbread to ferry the delicious goo into your face. The big hitters, though, are the hash bowls: boulder-like hunks of chorizo or halloumi – or, indeed, both, you weekending gadabout, you – with fried potatoes, red onion, spinach, a poached egg and hollandaise.

Yorkshire

SHEARS YARD
Leeds LS2 7EH
01132 444144
www.shearsyard.com
Shears Yard is a contemporary kitchen and bar with a relaxed vibe, and their exciting brunch menu is bound to kick-start your Valentine’s celebrations, expect classic flavour combinations like chestnut mushrooms in roast garlic and truffle cream on toasted ciabatta with parmesan, and the ‘Croque Madame’ smoked bacon brioche sandwich with onion chutney, and (of course) top things off with a sparkling glass of prosecco, Aperol Spritz or our personal favourite, the English 75 – a quintessentially English take on the French 75.

LAYNES ESPRESSO
16 New Station Street, Leeds LS1 5DL 
www.laynesespresso.co.uk

Of late, Middle Eastern flavours have seeped into brunch menus around the county, and Laynes’ shakshuka – spicy arrabbiata sauce, baked egg, dukkah, harissa butter and wedges of sourdough bread – is way up there. Elsewhere,there are buckwheat pancakes, sweetcorn fritters with halloumi and chimichurri, and toasted banana bread with orange mascarpone, candied walnuts and honey.

HOXTON NORTH
1 Royal Parade, Harrogate HG1 2SZ 
www.hoxtonnorth.com

London’s rubbish, as we all know, but they do know how to do brunch: this self-consciously capital-styled place is all matt black outside, wood inside, and stellar stuff like the smoked salmon with crushed avocado, chilli and buttered asparagus on the plates. There’s another branch on Parliament Street, but the one on Royal Parade is our Saturday hangout of choice.

Published in: February 2020

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