Brunch is objectively the best meal of the day. As a hybrid of ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’ (usually enjoyed after the former and before the latter), any food goes at brunch and it suddenly becomes acceptable to get drunk before midday if the mood so takes you.
While having an alcoholic beverage with breakfast might lead to an intervention from concerned family and friends, swap the term ‘breakfast’ for ‘brunch’ and you get a free pass to have your pancakes with as many cocktails as you desire.
Although you can enjoy brunch at home, I personally believe that the tastiest food in life is made by someone else other. If you’re local to Notts, I’ve got you covered — here are the best places to go for brunch in Nottingham.
The cafe formerly known as Hartley’s is my all-time favourite place to get brunch in Nottingham. A lockdown re-brand may have changed the name of this popular cafe, but the delicious food on offer remains much the same, from jacket potatoes and paninis to veggie and vegan versions of the classic Full English. Their salads are also definitely worth a try (and this life-long carb worshipper does not praise salads often, so believe me, these ones are good).
When you feel like eating brunch in fancier surroundings, head on over to the Hockley Arts Club. The eclectic interior and sophisticated cocktail menu will add some class to your meal, whether you opt for a sharing board or afternoon tea. Their cocktails are some of the best you’ll find in Nottingham – one of them even comes served with a free Polaroid picture – so this is a good choice if you prefer the idea of a liquid brunch (the liquid lunch’s classier sister) to actual food.
The Pudding Pantry is the perfect brunch destination for anyone with a sweet tooth. One of the many reasons I love brunch is that it is the ultimate excuse to eat pancakes and few establishments do pancakes better than the Pudding Pantry where they stack ‘em high and with lots of toppings. An empty table is a rare sight on weekends, so make sure you book ahead.
Self-proclaimed as ‘Nottingham’s most stylish venue’, Copper definitely has more of an upmarket vibe than some of the other places on this list. As well as traditional brunch food, Copper offers trendy alternatives such as coconut chia pudding and the Instagram-worthy açai smoothie bowl. My go-to dish on their brunch menu has to be the Eggs Benedict with crispy maple bacon.
This brunch stop happens to serve one of the best chai lattes in the city! The venue may be small, but the menu is mighty with all varieties of scrumptious sourdough toast toppings (smashed avocado and egg is my personal favourite) and great cakes too. Cartwheel roasts its own coffee, so if you enjoy your cup of joe while visiting, you can purchase a bag of beans to take home with you!
I stumbled upon this cosy, family-run deli while aimlessly wandering around Nottingham one afternoon and I am so happy I did because their pasta dishes are perfection. I know what you’re thinking – Pasta? For brunch? But trust me, the pasta at Hungry Pumpkin is worth the risk of a midday carb coma. If pasta for brunch just isn’t your thing, I completely understand (although I am lowkey judging you) and you’ll find there’s lots of standard brunch food on the menu too.
Clean Cut Kitchen are focused on providing the good folk of Nottingham with ‘clean eating’ options, which means they steer clear of processed food and prefer natural whole foods. They prove that making healthy, nutritious food choices doesn’t have to mean compromising on taste. Their healthy Full English breakfast is just as tasty as a fry up and I love their lean burgers. If you like to finish your meal with something sweet, a baked doughnut or protein ball will definitely hit the spot.
This quaint, vintage-style cafe is ideal for mate dates – your bestie is more likely than your boyfriend to appreciate the variety of aromatic tea infusions (orange blossom oolong, yes please) available at White Rabbit. In terms of food, there’s cakes, pastries, sandwiches, homemade quiche and, best of all, bottomless afternoon tea. And just in case you think ‘bottomless’ means unlimited sandwiches like I did when I first heard of this concept, you’ll be pleased to discover it actually refers to Prosecco. That’s right, unlimited alcohol for the duration of the meal. Well, what are you waiting for? Get booking!
I will only ever recommend places on this blog that I have been to personally, so if you think I’ve missed off a must-visit brunch place, please share your recommendation in the comments. I love discovering new local places to eat!