Booze at breakfast time on Sundays is fast becoming a thing. Bristol has a brilliant offering of bottomless brunches, as Charlie Harding discovered.
Updated 24th April 2017
Brace & Browns
Trend setters Brace & Browns are now old hat at this bottomless brunch malarkey, and attract up to 10,000 calls every time they open the books.
The menu frequently changes, and they have expanded their offers to ensure non-drinking diners are as well-looked after as the rest of us.
I visited one Sunday with five friends and had a whale of a time. The staff are top-notch, the dishes were all well cooked and generously portioned, and the bubbles didn’t stop flowing. Stand-out dishes were a mountain of pig cheek balls with aioli and the delicious chocolate pancakes.
Brunchers can book between 10am and 12pm on Saturdays or Sundays, and choose from a sweet and savoury menu. Keep an eye on their social media for the next booking date - prices start at £10.
Pata Negra have, unsurprisingly, gone for a Spanish twist on the brunch formula, offering bottomless cava to accompany a selection of six savoury tapas. Think sausage rolls inspired by Menora's mediterranean cuisine and smashed avocado dip - there will be something for anyone. All this can be enjoyed to a backdrop of Latino-inspired music.
Pata Negra already have a solid reputation for an authentically Mediterranean approach to dining, so this is perfect for those of you that would rather kick back and relax on a Sunday morning, and try something new.
The next event will be Sunday 30th October so keep an eye on their social media and events page on the website. Tickets are £22.50 plus booking fee.
Bagel Boy have joined the brunch club this month, holding their first event Saturday 22nd October. According to their Facebook page and following the success of the first edition, more boozy mornings are promised to follow.
Every diner is served a welcoming dish of sausage (or veggie sausage), hash brown, roasted tomatoes and baked beans on half a bagel. You are then welcome to order as much as you like from the extensive brunch menu. Nine dishes are available, each comprised of various toppings served on half a bagel, and include lamb kofta with feta and a more traditional eggs, salmon and horseradish. Included in the price is limitless prosecco, tea, coffee and juice.
Hour-long sittings begin at 10am, 11am and 12pm, meaning no one should leave too sloshed. At £20, the price is very reasonable for the amount on offer. Having sold out the tickets for their first event, I would recommend getting in quick when any upcoming dates are announced, so keep a crafty eye out on Twitter!
Gloucester Road Ale House
On the Gloucester Road sits the Gloucester Road Ale House, Previously the Foresters, it has been gutted and decked out on both levels, with downstairs enjoying an eclectic mix of old fashioned seating and nouveau glass installations. Upstairs retains the old bar and has replaced the pool tables with more seating.
For £20 you are able to pick any main off the brunch menu including eggs royale, griddle sweetcorn cakes with trimmings and kedgeree, and pair it with an entire bottle of prosecco. To yourself. Yes.
Non drinkers can have free flowing soft drinks, so this may not be the deal for you if you're not about the prosecco life.
So Cal Brunch @ Steam
Bristols newest beer hall - cum steam punk den - cum pasty house - cum burger restaurant - cum whisky bar have jumped on the brunch train, offering a So Cal themed weekend with booze for patrons.
Offering a two hour window, guests have pastries on arrival to line the stomach then are offered either bottomless prosecco or mimosas. Your main dish is a choice of 7 dishes that vary between topped toast or loaded pancakes.
Steam are sporting a great, large space and some of the best decking in Bristol so book when the sun is shining to take full advantage.
The White Horse
The White Horse run their brunch on Saturdays and offer three tiers of boozy brunching to guests. Offering either a hot dish, a market table spread (compromising of Market table, baked honey glazed ham, pastries, local cheeses, artisan bread, fresh fruit, yoghurt, preserves and granola) or a combo of the two with unlimited prosecco.
You have two hours to munch or drink to your hearts content which is plenty of time to start thinking about lunch.
New kid on the block is Clifton Sausage with their offering in the bottomless brunch craze. They're keeping it nice and simple, one hot plate that includes a Full English, Eggs Benedict or Veggie Hash and a choice of either bottomless Prosecco, Bucks Fizz or Bloody Mary's.
Bottomless brunch will be served the 1st Saturday of every month and you will have an hour and a half to eat your meal.