Newcastle NE2 3DH
0191 281 4838
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
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.
1 Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP
0191 260 5216
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.
Leeds LS2 7EH
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.
16 New Station Street, Leeds LS1 5DL
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.
1 Royal Parade, Harrogate HG1 2SZ
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.