Whether you’re partial to a full English, a fan of pancakes, or a lover of eggs and soldiers, Gloucestershire is home to an array of eateries offering bountiful breakfasts guaranteed to set you up for the day.
Spanning American-inspired menus, four-course brunches, healthy cafés and more, discover SoGlos’s top 20 breakfast spots across the county in our latest hot list, sponsored by Bill’s Gloucester.
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Located in the heart of Gloucester Quays and with an outpost in Cheltenham, Bill’s breakfasts promise a delicious start to the day, whether you’re hoping for a healthy dish, full English breakfast, light bite, or indulgent pancakes, while the menu also caters for various dietary requirements.
For a hearty meal there’s the traditional Bill’s Breakfast which comes with all the trimmings and plenty of optional extras to boot, while other cooked dishes include baked spicy beans with chorizo and eggs; sausage or bacon bap; and a range of egg-based breakfasts.
Those with a sweet tooth can tuck into buttermilk pancakes with syrup and fruit or bacon; while anyone hoping for a more virtuous breakfast can choose from coconut porridge; avocado on toast; or a Bill’s omelette packed with goodness.
The County Kitchen in Cheltenham is the perfect place to enjoy everything from the classic House Breakfast, featuring Gloucester Old Spot sausages and bacon, to avocado on toast topped with poached eggs. The café favours local suppliers for its dishes, including award-winning butcher Martin’s Meats, free range eggs from Court Farm and bread from Hall’s Bakery in Stroud.
The Curious Café & Bistro is renowned for its breakfasts among Cheltenham locals who flock to the Bath Road eatery to tuck in to the all day menu. Meat lovers will be in their element with the Blacksmiths breakfast which includes a hearty helping of bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, black pudding and hash browns, while the fluffy omelettes are ideal for a lighter option.
A place to ‘eat, drink and meet’ in Upper Rissington, The Hangar offers a tasty and traditional breakfast menu. Sausage or bacon sandwiches are served on weekday mornings, while weekend breakfasts include a hearty Hangar Breakfast with all full English trimmings; smoked salmon blini with cream cheese; and poached eggs on toast.
From the breakfast burrito wrap to Spanish baked eggs, Tewkesbury’s Theoc House serves its brunch menu till 10pm giving you plenty of time to get your sausage, bacon and eggs fix. The independent café has a selection of books and board games to offer a relaxed setting for enjoying leisurely gatherings with friends and family.
Located at Gloucester Docks, On Toast, boasts the accolade of being the UK’s only toast bar, and is ideal for those looking for a hearty and unique take on breakfast. The toastie menu includes an array of tempting creations catering for meat lovers and veggies alike, but make sure you save room for the dessert options, with the Mars Bar toastie a deliciously decadent choice.
The bistro at Cheltenham’s Hotel du Vin offers an elegant setting for indulging in breakfast treats, with the cooked menu including classic morning favourites such as eggs Benedict. If you really want to go all out, book a table for the four-course Sunday brunch, which features a help yourself French buffet table in addition to traditional roasts and more. Make sure you go hungry!
If you’re looking for something slightly alternative to start your day with then head to He Says She Waffles in Cirencester where you’ll discover more waffle combinations than you knew possible. Those with a sweet tooth will devour the chocolate and raisin offerings, while there are also savoury options to choose from, including the cheddar cheese and chive waffle topped with scrambled eggs.
If you want to enjoy a weekend lie in or just fancy bacon and eggs for dinner, Cheltenham’s Boston Tea Party serves its breakfast menu all day. The varied dishes encompass everything from smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels to kedgeree, while the extensive healthy options include brown rice porridge along with spelt granola topped with fruit.
From granola and toasted crumpets to mushroom bruschetta and fruit pancakes, Tetbury’s Cafe 53 is the perfect place to start the day before hitting the shops for a spot of antique hunting or enjoying an outing at nearby attraction Westonbirt Arboretum. And, if you visit during the summer months then make sure to dine alfresco in the café’s pretty garden.
Headed up by the former team behind The Montpellier Brasserie, Cheltenham’s Montpellier Café is nestled in quiet spot in the town offering the chance to savour the all day fry up, a three-egg omelette or the veggie breakfast, before browsing the numerous independent boutiques located on its doorstep.
Lechlade juice bar and café, Vera’s Kitchen, offers plenty of choice for those looking for a healthy start to the day, with its varied menu encompassing a range of tasty and nutritious dishes, including sautéed garlic mushrooms on toast, fresh fruit salad topped with chia seeds and eggs royale. And, if you really want to treat yourself, Vera’s also has a boutique bed and breakfast.
With outposts in Cheltenham and Gloucester Quays, Côte Brasserie is an all-day dining restaurant that serves up delicious European-style breakfasts, encompassing light bites and cooked dishes too. Whether you’re hankering for a buttery croissant, indulgent French toast, warm crêpes, or full French breakfast, there’s plenty of enticing choice on the menu.
Baker & Graze is an independent café and bakery located in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham and serves up a mean breakfast. The team makes everything on site, from the perfectly baked sourdough to the rich buttery pastries, with the menu featuring baked eggs, smashed avocado on toast, and delicious coffees.
Championing small local producers, family-run Lavender Bakehouse & Coffee Shop has an extensive breakfast menu waiting to tempt you at the scenic eatery near Stroud. Diners can expect to find traditional menu items including smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on sourdough toast, along with fluffy pancakes, homemade granola and a dedicated children’s breakfast.
Enjoy award-winning bread and more when tucking into breakfast at Hobbs House Bakery and Café in Nailsworth, run by Tom Herbert, one half of The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Kick-start your day with one of the refreshing juices before choosing from an array of egg dishes, a full English, granola, or delicious homemade pastries, with a children’s breakfast also available.
The breakfast menu at Daylesford Organic in Kingham is a veritable feast for health food lovers, with cold-press juices, stewed fruits with cashew nut cream and toasted nut granola with raw almond milk among the choices. For a more decadent start to the day opt for the farmhouse breakfast or super green eggs Benedict, with hand-roasted coffees also on offer.
Before exploring the exhibitions at The Wilson museum stop off at the café to fuel up on its tasty breakfast menu. Choose from chorizo baked eggs, sweet cured bacon baps, and a breakfast open club sandwich, while the dippy egg and soldiers is perfect for young diners.
The Croft Restaurant in Bourton-on-the-Water welcomes locals and tourists for its delicious daily breakfasts, whether they’re hankering for a full English or simple but tasty toast. Highlights on the menu include scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on a toasted muffin; bacon or sausage sandwiches; and if you’re feeling hungry, The Big Breakfast.
While burgers and pizzas are the mainstays of the menu, The Bottle of Sauce in Cheltenham also serves up might fine grub on its weekend brunch menu. From fluffy buttermilk pancakes and eggs Benedict, to the ultimate hangover cure – a sesame bun filled with sausage patty, dry cured bacon, fried egg and American cheese, with plenty of veggie options also available. And, with bottomless coffee and Bloody Marys also served, that’s breakfast sorted!
By Anna Marshall
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