Brunch is always a good idea.
It has all of our favourite elements of breakfast (toast, bacon, eggs, coffee) but at a more leisurely pace (and without having to wake up early and cram it in before rushing off to work). Brunch is the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch (plus with the added option of booze – socially acceptable daytime drinking is the one), and it is definitely our favourite meal of the day. Eating bacon with everything? Yes please. Drinking as much Prosecco as you like before lunchtime? If you insist. Whether you do it alone, with your chosen companion, or with a big group of mates, if you’re not planning your whole weekend around a brunch date, then quite frankly you’re doing this whole weekend thing wrong. If, like us, you live and die by brunch, then we’ve compiled this handy list for you.
Read on, grab your brunch crew, and go live your best lives.
Note: Whilst many businesses have now reopened, some are yet to do so. Social distancing is still in place and very important, please check each individual business’ website for their up-to-date opening times and safety measures prior to visiting. Some businesses may require you to make a booking in advance.
The Early Bird Bakery
We couldn’t talk about brunch without discussing Kings Heath’s finest, The Early Bird Bakery. This coffee shop and bakery is breaking away from the typical brunch offering and putting their own spin on the most important meal of the day. They create some of the most inventive, beautiful, and delicious brunch dishes we have ever had the pleasure of devouring. Using fresh, seasonal ingredients, their menu changes each week, but is always packed with the most mouth-watering choices that you’ll be hard pressed to choose between. With artisan coffee, beautiful freshly baked cakes and pastries, and deliciously naughty toasties also on offer, this little coffee shop is destined to be your new favourite brunch spot from your first visit. If you still haven’t been – what are you waiting for?!
IB Deal: 10% off the bill.
This much-loved Jewellery Quarter staple has long been a favourite brunch spot for many locals and visitors alike. This cosy coffee shop serves damn tasty brunch for all your foodie needs, with a slight Middle Eastern twist to much of their brunch menu. From Shakshuka to Hummus and Poached Eggs on Sourdough Toast, and their own take on Avocado Smash, there’s something for everyone. If you fancy a lighter option, enjoy the homemade granola – or if you want something more substantial, go for one of the lunchtime flatbreads. Pair your chosen brunch dish with a delicious coffee and you’re all set.
IB Deal: A doughnut for just £1.50 when you purchase any hot drink (anytime – subject to availability) OR 10% off food on the lunchtime menu (Monday – Friday).
Medicine Bakery And Gallery
Medicine are well-known throughout Brum for their insane baked goods (their cronuts are a sight to behold), but they’re also major players in the brunch game. From a classic all-day breakfast to smoothie bowls, and from Huevos Rancheros to Eggs Benedict, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There are loads of great veggie and vegan options, as well as gluten free options available too. Their coffee game is as strong as their brunch game, and we ALWAYS grab a freshly-squeezed OJ too.
IB Top Tip: the freshly-baked croissants are some of the very best you’ll ever eat. Plus they’re fully licensed so if you fancy a Mimosa or Bloody Mary with your brunch, then you do you.
IB Deal: 15% off baked goods.
Wayland’s Yard are all about proper coffee and proper food. So naturally, their brunch is up there with the very best in the city. They don’t mess around when it comes to brunch – everything they serve is made in-house using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. They have a range of classics on the menu (think avocado smash, eggs various ways, epic breakfast baps etc.) which are cooked to perfection, but they also have some of their own unique dishes. Their eggy crumpets have made waves in the city’s brunch scene, and trust us when we say they are totally worth the hype.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill.
Two words that make any weekend better: Bottomless Brunch. Every weekend from 10am – 5pm, Urban (Church Street) offers bottomless brunch. Choose any brunch dish and enjoy it with bottomless Bloody Mary’s or Bucks Fizz and celebrate the weekend in style (just make sure you book in advance because this is a very popular weekend activity). If you’re not up for a boozy morning, don’t worry, you can still brunch without the bottomless booze element and there are lots of tasty brunch dishes to choose from, including their classic, veggie, and vegan brekkies.
Note: Standard Breakfast and Brunch menus are available in both their JQ branch and the new Harborne branch too!
IB Deal: Any Medium Hot Drink And Cake For £4.50 (Church St. And JQ).
Stirchley favourite, Caneat, are well-known for providing South Birmingham’s residents with the all important sustenance they need. They’re all about great ingredients cooked really well in simple but ridiculously tasty dishes. Their 7-minute eggs have been on the menu in some form for a long time with good reason. The menu changes a few times each week to reflect the freshest ingredients available at the time, but there are always a great selection of dishes available and some tasty cakes and bakes for afters. If you’re yet to visit this brilliant little cafe, get yourself over there now.
Chung Ying Cantonese
A Chinese restaurant may not be your first port of call when considering brunch options, but hear us out. One of the most authentic and longest running Cantonese restaurants in Birmingham, this family-run restaurant is well-known for serving some of the tastiest Cantonese food in the city. But did you know that they are open every day for brunch too? Stop by between 10am and 12pm to sample their tasty Hong Kong brunch menu, which includes a selection of Dim Sum, Congee (a rice porridge dish), Claypot Rice, and Noodle Soup. If you’re looking for a more unusual brunch choice, this is the one for you.
Ju Ju’s Cafe
This homely, welcoming cafe is located by the canal for a spot of water-side dining. At Ju Ju’s you’re welcomed in like a member of the family, and feel right at home. With delicious home-cooked food, including lots of lovely brunch options, this a great place for a relaxed breakfast. Enjoy amazing comfort food classics and Ju Ju’s own creations from the Brum-famous Frying Pan Hash, to the luxury breakfast sandwich and lovely fluffy pancakes.
IB Deal: 20% off food (Wednesday – Friday).
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All-day breakfasts, big stacks of pancakes, proper breakfast sandwiches – Cherry Reds has it all. This cosy, quirky cafe has been serving up breakfast and brunch to the good folk of Brum for years and they’re a firm favourite in many people’s books. To accompany your chosen brunch dish they have the usual teas and coffees, but if you’re feeling extra (and we highly recommend that you do this) order yourself one of their legendary hot chocolates with all the trimmings – or even better, one of their boozy milkshakes. Now that’s how you do brunch. Plus, they have loads of veggie, vegan, and gluten free options too, so everyone can enjoy brunch together.
IB Deal: A free pint of cask ale, lager, cider or draught soft drink with your main meal.
This minimalistic coffee shop oozes Scandi charm, but while the décor may be simple, the food on offer here is anything but. The brunch menu changes weekly, depending on the ingredients that are in season and available at the time. Here they produce some of the most creative and unusual brunch dishes in the city, using interesting flavour combinations and exciting ingredients to tantalise your tastebuds. Their coffee is excellent too – a worthy accompaniment to your brunch.
Newly refurbished The Village in Moseley is the ideal place to partake in our favourite of weekend traditions. Bonus points go to them as they offer bottomless brunch, whereby you can sip on your tipple of choice to your heart’s content without worrying about the bill. Your 2-hour sitting includes 2 courses of delicious homemade brunch (choose from the likes of Full English, BBQ Jackfruit Burger, Seafood Linguine, and more), alongside unlimited fizz, cocktails, or gin. Available every Saturday from 12pm – 4pm, pre-booking is essential. So get yourself booked in and enjoy the weekend of dreams!
IB Deal: 10% off food (Monday – Friday).
The Mockingbird Cinema And Kitchen
Taking bottomless brunch to a whole new level, The Mockingbird Cinema combine this most beloved weekend pastime with another – a trip to the movies. Throughout the year, The Mockingbird are screening some of the best loved classic films with the chance to enjoy a bottomless brunch alongside. Pancakes And Prosecco Brunch gives you a full hour of bottomless Prosecco, a big stack of pancakes with various toppings for you to liberally adorn your stack with, and unlimited filter coffee too. Once the hour is up, you’ll head into the screen to watch the movie. Your Saturday plans are well and truly sorted. These events sell out fast so snap up your tickets as quick as you can.
IB Deal: 15% off food when watching a film (note: Bottomless Brunch and other events not included in this deal).
Quarter Horse Coffee
Quarter Horse Coffee is one of the best known and best loved coffee shops in Birmingham. They roast their own beans in-house, and their delicious coffee is stocked in many other coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants across the city. The perfect accompaniment to your perfect coffee is some tasty brunch. Quarter Horse have a simple menu, but it features some seriously tasty options: from organic granola to honeyed eggs on sourdough, and our favourite – banana bread with yoghurt and honey.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill or £1 off freshly roasted bags of coffee.
This Harborne institution is a much loved independent gastro pub, known for their tasty food, stylish décor, and friendly staff. The Plough is open for breakfast and brunch every morning, so you don’t just have to wait for the weekend to enjoy brunch here! Their brunch menu is the perfect combination of classic crowd-pleasers and unique and exciting specials. From porridge and granola, to bacon butties and pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup, they have something for everyone. Their delicious, freshly-prepared food and welcoming service will have you coming back every week.
IB Deal: 10% off food, 8am – 5pm (Monday – Friday).
Saint Pauls House
Saint Pauls House is open every day for breakfast and brunch (with a bottomless brunch option on Saturdays – more on that later). With a range of classic brunch options available each morning, and a prime location on the beautiful Saint Paul’s Square, this is a great place to grab a relaxed breakfast any day of the week. But Saturday is where it’s at, as Saturdays bring the boozy bottomless brunch option that we know you all love. Choose between 2- or 3-courses (3-course brunch – yes please!) from their epic bottomless brunch menu (nachos to start and Brownie Sundae for dessert – um, hells yeah) plus unlimited Prosecco, Bellinis, Gin Roses, or Bloody Marys. This sounds like a winning way to spend a Saturday to us. And if you drink in the morning, you won’t be hungover the next day, right? Yeah, science!
IB Deal: 20% off food (Sunday – Thursday).
The Steamhouse is a brilliant bagel and coffee shop, and a great option for a simple brunch or a quick take-away breakfast if you’re in a hurry. They have a great selection of hand-rolled bagels (that they bake fresh every day), that are filled to order in the shop. On their menu are a selection of breakfast options which are perfect for brunch. All you need to do is choose your favourite, grab yourself a coffee to go with it, and that’s a quick, easy and very tasty brunch sorted. All the fun of brunch without the need for a knife and fork. Nice.
IB Deal: A free coffee when you purchase any bagel.
Kitchen Garden Cafe
This eco-conscious, peaceful oasis in the suburbs is the perfect place to stop by and enjoy a comforting home-cooked meal, made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. They are well-known for their all-day breakfasts, which are available all week. This is your classic Full English that just can’t be beaten. They have veggie and vegan options too, and can cater to most dietary requirements. When it’s warm enough, enjoy your brunch outside in their tranquil courtyard garden. Perfect.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill.
We can’t talk about brunch without mentioning Yorks Cafe. They have an award-winning all-day brunch menu and it’s packed with flavourful dishes inspired by travels around the world. From Shakshuka to Turkish eggs, avocado toast to our personal favourite: Louisiana fried chicken with Belgian butter waffles, oak smoked bacon, and maple syrup – there are lots of amazing brunch options to choose from. They have a second cafe at the stunning Ikon Gallery where you can get most of the same dishes too, so if you’re having a morning exploring the amazing art at Ikon, pop in for a tasty brunch too.
Gas Street Social
At Gas Street Social, they’re all about gathering people together to share great food and great company around the table – a value we can totally get behind. Their brunch menu is a dream – pancakes, Full English, chorizo hash, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. If you can’t decide between a Full English and a stack of pancakes, then go for their Full English Pancakes – a winning combination of the two! Make your brunch date even more epic by going bottomless and enjoying unlimited Bellinis, beers or Bloody Marys for the duration of your 2 hour booking. Their bottomless brunch is the stuff of Brum legend, so if you’re yet to try it, go now!
IB Deal: A FREE cocktail, craft beer or glass of wine when purchasing any main course (three Social Plates is equivalent to a main course) – see IB profile for a list of drinks included in this offer.
Folk Like These
This coffee shop and creative space is all about promoting creative living through skill-sharing, design-led products, and tasty food. They have a regular toast and sandwich menu available Tuesday – Sunday, and a special Brunch Club menu for the weekends. Grab a coffee, order your chosen brunch dish (choose from a range of fried breakfast sandwiches), and relax in this stylish little cafe. Once you’ve finished your brunch, you can browse the amazing stationery, gifts, and homeware they sell too.
IB Deal: A FREE coffee when you purchase any sandwich/bagel and 10% off retail purchases.
Found in The Custard Factory, Kanteen is a coffee shop all about giving customers the feel-good factor. They prove that healthy and nutritious food can be full of flavour and they serve some really lovely dishes, inspired by world street food. Head here for a delicious brunch that will leave you feeling happy and healthy. They have a range of traditional brunch options with a twist, from porridge and granola to toast and baked eggs, and a range of signature dishes too. The menu changes seasonally to keep things fresh.
IB Deal: A free hot drink with any brunch ordered.
This cocktail bar and restaurant is widely known as a place to party the night away in style, but they also serve some tasty food too. So if you partied into the small hours on Friday night and enjoyed one too many of The Loft’s dangerously drinkable cocktails, head back to the scene of the crime on Saturday for the perfect hangover cure: a big hearty brunch. At The Loft they know how to do brunch, so on the menu are the likes of their classic Full English, steak and eggs, avocado on toast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast, or bacon or sausage ciabatta. Choose your dish and by the time your plate is clean you’ll be feeling as fresh as a daisy, and ready to do it all over again on Saturday night, are we right?
IB Deal: 25% off food.
The Edwardian Tearooms At BMAG
What could possibly elevate this most marvellous of meals to an even greater level? Well, how about enjoying your brunch in the magnificent setting of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Edwardian Tearooms? You’ll feel like royalty dining in these impressive surroundings as you sip on your tea or coffee. They have some fantastic options to choose from, including Brie and mushroom omelette, door stop sausage butty, and smoked salmon and scrambled free range eggs on toasted brioche. If you fancy a lighter option you can’t beat a buttery crumpet or a toasted tea cake. Then once you’ve finished your delicious brunch, have a jaunt around the museum and admire the incredible works on display.
IB Top Tip: On select tables in The Edwardian Tearooms a most awesome button can be found which, when pressed, results in Champagne being brought to you. We suggest you push this button. You can thank us for the top tip later.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill (Monday – Friday) AND 10% off the bill at the Edwardian Tearooms Late-Night Openings.
Photo: The Gaztronome Photography
Do breakfast the right way – the Italian way that is! At authentic Italian restaurant Laghi’s Deli they believe in giving you an authentic experience like you would find on the streets of Italy. So take your time and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Choose one of their delightful, freshly-baked pastries – best served with a steaming cup of coffee, or go all in with the Full Italian Breakfast (weekends only) for a hearty meal that will keep you going until supper. If you’re feeling really bouji, order the scrambled eggs on toast with added truffle – how faaaancy!
IB Deal: 10% off the bill (Monday – Thursday) AND 20% off take-away pizzas (anytime).
This Moseley-based hangout is a local favourite for a very good reason. At Cafephilia they’re passionate about what they do and that’s great coffee, tasty food, and pushing boundaries. They take their coffee seriously and you can get a great cup of caffeinated body fuel here, but if you’re feeling like something extra, we recommend you go for one of their milkshakes. It’ll take you straight back to your childhood and fill you with happiness. What goes perfectly with a milkshake? Waffles! Grab yourself a tasty brunch by ordering some of their amazing waffles and sit back and bask in your awesomeness.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill.
For a traditional French experience, head to Maison Mayci and take advantage of their simple but tasty breakfast menu. If you head to their Moseley store this is where all of their bread and pastries are baked each day and you’ll be greeted by the welcoming scent of freshly-baked bread (is there anything better?). We like the simple things in life, so for us their toasted homemade bread is the one. But if you’re feeling more adventurous than us there are a number of solid options to choose from: omelettes, mushrooms on sourdough, Full English, and a vegan breakfast, among others. Whatever your food choice, soak in the quaint French cafe feel and enjoy a relaxing breakfast.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill (anytime) OR 2-for-1 cocktails when you purchase a main meal (per app member, Friday and Saturday evenings (Moseley only)).
Morridge have quickly gained a cult following thanks to their Instagram-worthy bowls of porridge. Making the most mundane of breakfasts look tantalising and taste even better than they look, this is a strong breakfast/brunch choice. You can enjoy their signature porridge adorned with the most delicious and exciting toppings (complete with picture-perfect edible flowers), or if you’re in the mood for something cold try their overnight oats or homemade granola. Grab yourself a fabulous coffee to go with your breakfast and then sit back and soak in the vintage ’70s vibes of this groovy little cafe.
If you’re all about the healthy lifestlye, or you want to grab a delicious and nutritious breakfast for on the go, check out the hidden gem that is U-Juice. Tucked away in the Bullring Markets, U-Juice produce super fresh juices and smoothies, made with real fruit and no unnecessary ingredients. They also serve Açai bowls, which are great for a nutritious start to the day – delicious smoothie bowls with lots of healthy toppings of your choice, from fresh fruits and berries, to nuts, seeds and granolas, there’s loads to adorn your Açai bowl with.
Looking for a brunch with a difference? Give the eggs Benedict and avocado smashes a miss for a change and try something new. Damascena have a brilliant breakfast menu packed with authentic Middle Eastern dishes to add a little spice to your breakfast. From Baked Egg Manageesh and breakfast meze, to Juz-Muz (eggs, tomatoes, fresh chillies and onions, served with flatbreads) and tahini and date honey dip with flatbreads, there are loads of exotic dishes to try.
Photo: Richard Brierley (IG: @richcapturesfood)
This little coffee shop in Bearwood is inspired by healthy eating. With a focus on good food and good coffee, this is a great little spot for brunch. If you like something sweet, enjoy their pancakes or French toast or if you prefer something savoury go for the sweetcorn fritters topped with poached egg, avocado, halloumi, sweetcorn salsa and tabasco maple syrup. There are lots of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as some gluten free choices too – so everyone can enjoy brunch here.
The Sun on The Hill
The Sun On The Hill serve breakfast just the way we like it: in a roll. Choose your fillings, have them served in a brioche bun, and Bob’s your Uncle. Sometimes in life you just need a banging breakfast bap, nothing fancy – just a straight up sandwich, and at The Sun On The Hill that’s exactly what you get. Choose two fillings from the list (and add any extras for £1 each) and create your own perfect brekkie. If baps aren’t your thing, there’s also eggs or beans on toast (both classics), and a selection of breakfasts to choose from. Affordable, tasty comfort food at its best.
IB Deal: 25% off all food.
Pancakes! Is there a more brunchier (yes, we just made up that word) item to ever exist? We think not. We love pancakes. Fat, fluffy ones, or thin, flat ones – we don’t care, as long as they come loaded with our favourite toppings ready for us to devour. If, like us, you can’t get enough of ’em, make sure you head to Stickie Fingers to get your pancake fix. They have a menu packed with different flavour combinations to try (including classics like blueberry, or bacon with maple syrup). Go for the stuffed pancakes (that’s right, pancakes stuffed with the likes of Oreos or Biscoff) for a real treat! Plus you can buy singles or stacks, depending on your hunger level.
The Cuban Embassy
Bottomless brunch, Cuban style? This one’s a no-brainer. If eggs on toast and smashed avocado aren’t your thing then go for one of Birmingham’s more alternative brunches instead. You can still have all the fun of the usual brunch clubs, but with a tasty alternative as your brunch main. The Cuban Embassy have a great bottomless brunch option available at the weekend, where you can enjoy any Cubano sandwich (or burger and fries) with bottomless Prosecco or Cuba Libre cocktails. Nice.
Leverton and Halls
If you like your breakfasts as classic as they come, Leverton and Halls is the place for you. Their extensive breakfast and brunch menu is packed with all time favourites such as Full English, poached eggs on toast, pancakes with maple syrup, and hearty breakfast sandwiches. Their cafe menu is served all day until 4pm, so there’s plenty of time to pop in and get your fill of some comfort food classics from this brilliant deli-cafe. Grab yourself one of their milkshakes to slurp on while you munch your way through your tasty breakfast sandwich, and you’ll be as happy as Larry (whoever he is).
This lovely little JQ Coffee Shop is known for their epic cakes and bakes, but they have a great little brunch menu too. Take your pick from the great selection of crowd-pleasers, such as: bacon or sausage baps, breakfast wrap, porridge, and eggs (various ways) on toast. For something sweeter, go for the French Toast with bananas or homemade buttermilk pancakes. You can’t leave Coffee Tales without trying one of their signature hot chocolates (that come with all the trimmings), and if you’ve still got room – grab a slice of delicious cake too.
Gorilla Coffee Cafe
Cycling fanatics can enjoy brunch in a place dedicated to their greatest passion in life. Gorilla Coffee Cafe is a premium Bicycle Cafe dedicated to bringing together all things cycling with great coffee, food, and beer. Celebrate your love of cycling over a delicious breakfast (perfect for fuelling up before you head out on your bike). The short but sweet menu is bursting with tempting options. From the Croque Madame and the leek and confit tomato frittata with rocket and cheddar, to the pickled shiitake mushrooms, avocado mousse, poached egg, confit baby plum tomatoes served on homemade crispy hash – we want to try everything! If you’re not a cyclist, don’t worry, you can still pop in for some delicious food and excellent coffee.
This brilliant Moseley-based cafe is a wonderful brunch spot. They serve their brunch menu until 4pm every day, so there’s plenty of time to grab a leisurely brunch at this neighbourhood eatery. At this homely hangout you can enjoy brunch classics made from high quality (often organic) ingredients. From the light bites (freshly baked croissants, organic porridge, super green smoothie bowl) to the more filling choices (steak and eggs, Menemen, French toast) there are loads of delicious options to keep you going back again and again, week after week. There are plenty of veggie and vegan options too, so everyone can find something to keep them happy here.
The Steam Room
Harborne Coffee Shop, The Steam Room, is all about the coffee. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get something to go with your coffee, am I right? Well, the brunch menu at The Steam Room has got some classics and favourites to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect accompaniment to your coffee. From smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, to homemade beans on toast, there’s something for everyone (include pancakes with various toppings). Choose your dish, order your coffee, and you have the makings of a great morning.
The Deli Social
The Deli Social is a fantastic, independent cafe in Boldmere, serving locals with tasty, home-cooked food and heart-warming coffee and tea. It’s also not a bad little place for a spot of brunch. Classic breakfast baps or all-day breakfast are on offer here (including veggie and vegan options), but if you feel like pushing the boat out, try one of their brunch dishes such as Chicken Parm or Deli Cheese On Toast (who can resist cheese on toast?!).
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