Is there anything better to start the weekend than an indulgent brunch?
With no end of amazing places to dine in Gloucestershire, SoGlos rounds up 19 brunch spots in the county - offering everything from buffet breakfasts, avocado on toast, fluffy pancakes and of course, a proper full English.
Curious Café and Bistro in Cheltenham
#SGGLA Café of the Year 2022, Cheltenham's Curious Café and Bistro is a wonderful spot for brunch. Indulge in a stack of buttermilk pancakes; load up with a hearty Blacksmiths breakfast; tuck into traditional bubble and squeak with pulled ham hock and a fried egg; or opt for a more refined option with Eggs Benedict, Royale or Florentine - plus plenty of veggie options.
Hetty's Bakery Café in Gloucester
While it's most famous for its SGGLA-winning brownies, Hetty's serves up incredible brunches from its bakery café in Gloucester. With lemon meringue French toast; churro dippers; sweetcorn fritters with smashed avocado; and a breakfast toastie with crispy bacon, fried egg, three cheeses and chipotle mayo alongside Fire and Flow coffee, it's a must-visit. You can pick up a box of brownies to take home, too!
Tewkesbury Park’s Sunday brunch is something special, offering a buffet-style breakfast with locally-sourced and seasonal produce, as well as a poached egg bar, where toppings include smashed avocado and pulled pork with hollandaise. Guests are invited to fill one plate with savoury treats and a second with desserts, including pastries, cakes and sweets, as well as a range of fruit and marshmallows – perfect for dipping in the chocolate fountain.
Jacks in Cirencester
Offering bottomless brunch every day from 10am to 3pm, Jacks in Cirencester is a popular choice. With food options including brunch bowls, buttermilk waffles and eggs, guests can enjoy their dish of choice with bottomless prosecco mimosas or bellinis - or upgrade to bottomless cocktail jugs with Pimms, Pornstar Martinis or Bloody Marys on offer, too.
Woodkraft in Cheltenham
Artisan eatery Woodkraft, on Cheltenham's Regent Street, serves up delicious brunches with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diners well catered for. From the Woodkraft breakfast with Gloucester Old Spot sausage, streaky bacon, hash brown, baked beans, fried eggs, grilled tomato, mushroom and sourdough toast; crab Benedict with hand-picked white crab meat, smashed avocado, poached eggs and sriracha hollandaise; to the avocado rosti with courgette and sweet potato rosti topped with sliced avocado, sweetcorn and tomato relish, Aleppo pepper and herb oil - not to mention buttermilk pancakes and brioche French toast - there's something to suit every taste.
Terra Cucina in Stroud
Offering Italian-style breakfasts from its stylish restaurant in the Five Valleys Shopping Centre, Terra Cucina's menu features fresh coffee; cornetto salato with fillings including Parma ham and mozzarella or smoked salmon and avocado cream; caramelised fruit on sourdough toast; and granola with fresh fruit, to start the day the Mediterranean way.
The Hive in Stow-on-the-Wold
Cute Cotswold café, The Hive in Stow-on-the-Wold, offers a selection of yummy brunch dishes from homemade granola and jumbo oat porridge, to Arlington white eggs on sourdough or a smoked salmon platter with poached eggs and toasted rye bread.
Blockley Café near Moreton-in-Marsh
Nestled in the beautiful village of Blockley, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Blockley Café is a popular spot with locals and tourists visiting the nearby Cotswold towns. Its brunch menu includes everything you'd expect alongside more creative dishes like chorizo hash with spring onions, tomato and poached Cacklebean eggs on sourdough toast; sweetcorn and courgette fritters with bacon or halloumi and poached Cacklebean eggs; mushroom toast with Hen Of The Woods mushrooms, mushroom puree, poached eggs and sage on sourdough toast; and even seasonal cruffins, for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Botanica Coffee Kitchen in Cheltenham
Cheltenham's Botanica Coffee Kitchen serves brunch all day long, with options including brioche French toast; smashed avocado on sourdough toast; smoked bacon or tempeh bap with a crispy hash brown, miso sauce and tonkatsu ketchup; as well as a meaty and a veggie full English, all washed down with artisan coffee. It also stocks an impressive range of houseplants to browse, too.
Leaf and Ground in Dursley
Dursley garden centre Leaf and Ground is a great spot for a delicious weekend brunch. Served from 10am to 11.15am Friday to Sunday, its Leaf and Ground full breakfast comes with Gloucester Old Spot sausage, streaky bacon, black pudding, field mushroom, roasted tomato, fried local eggs, baked beans and homemade hash browns, served with sourdough toast; while the veggie option swaps meat for veggie sausage and adds some seasonal greens; and the vegan option comes without eggs. There's also a breakfast option for kids - perfect for fuelling up before they let off steam in the adventure play area.
The Old Dairy Tearoom in Longhope
Traditional tearoom, The Old Dairy in Longhope serves up a variety of breakfasts made using local produce. Go for a classic English breakfast with home-cured bacon, handmade Gloucester sausage, black pudding, free range egg, fried potato, griddled tomato, mushroom and toast; or for a more refined choice, go for the Eggs Benedict with home-baked ham on toast and hollandaise sauce - with vegetarian options for both available, too. The Old Dairy Tearoom is also dog-friendly inside and in the garden, perfect for anyone exploring the Forest of Dean with a four-legged friend in tow.
Hubble Bubble Coffee House in Gloucester
Just a short walk from Gloucester Cathedral, Hubble Bubble Coffee House is an independent gem - and a firm favourite with locals. Its brunch offering includes a traditional, veggie or vegan full English; American-style pancakes drizzled with maple syrup; smashed avocado on toast topped with crumbled goat's cheese, bacon or smoked salmon; and its famous Glouces-toaster - a Double Gloucester grilled cheese sandwich on Hobbs House sourdough bread with Hubble Bubble's signature garlic butter. Delicious!
Woodruffs Organic Café in Stroud
Vegan and vegetarian café, Woodruffs in Stroud, serves up tasty brunches made with organic, local and seasonal ingredients wherever possible. As well as a full veggie and full vegan breakfast, diners can also enjoy dishes like sweet potato hash with kale, tamari seeds and chilli sauce; barbecue 'Boston' beans with eggs and mushrooms; scrambled tofu and cherry tomatoes on toast; and avocado on sourdough topped with poached eggs, halloumi or cherry tomatoes and spinach. There's even vegan pancakes on the menu, too.
Clementine Café in Cheltenham
Artisan café, Clementine in Cheltenham's Montpellier area is a glorious brunch spot, with La Boulangerie Artisan sourdough toast and netherend butter; homemade pastries; banana and Nutella crêpes; blueberry buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup; wild mushrooms, spinach and fresh thyme on sourdough; bacon or Cumberland sausage sandwiches; and plenty more on the menu.
Sam and Jak in Cirencester
Sam and Jak in Cirencester offers a tasty breakfast menu with options like tenderstem broccoli, whipped feta and poached eggs or smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and roast tomatoes on sourdough; Eggs Benedict, Royale or Florentine; smoked kipper with brown butter, watercress, lemon and sourdough; and a full English breakfast - as well as a Sunday brunch menu with Croque Madame; buttermilk pancakes; smoked haddock kedgeree; chorizo hash; and steak and eggs on offer.
Penny Blacks in Prestbury
Located in the old post office in Prestbury, Penny Blacks bakery and kitchen serves brunch options including smashed avocado, smoked streaky bacon and poached eggs or roast field mushrooms, spinach, wild garlic butter and poached egg on sourdough; smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and dill or Stornoway black pudding, creamed leeks, crispy bacon and poached eggs on a toasted English muffin; as well as cinnamon and almond French toast or courgette fritters with halloumi, avocado and sweet chilli - plus seasonal specials.
The Roastery Coffee House in Quedgeley
From breakfast rolls with sausage, smoked streaky bacon and fried egg, wild mushrooms on toast with garlic and parsley butter, rocket and fried egg, to buttermilk pancakes with banana, blueberry compote, yoghurt, salted caramel sauce and pecans, The Roastery Coffee House in Quedgeley is a great spot for brunch - and delicious coffee, of course.
Henry's Coffee House and Dairy in Minchinhampton
With fresh milk, butter, cream, yoghurt and cheese all made from its very own herd of organic Dairy Shorthorn cows, plus Rave coffee, fresh local bread and pastries, Henry's Coffee House in Minchinhampton is must-visit for local foodies - with the menu including its ever-popular breakfast brioche, gooey cheese toasties, avocado on sourdough toast to a classic BLT made with local back bacon.
Lavender Bakehouse in Stroud
Stroud’s popular Lavender Bakehouse is better known for its delicious cakes and coffee, but it also offers tasty brunch dishes daily until 12.30pm. Buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, Eggs Benedict, traditional English breakfasts and Turkish-style eggs on sourdough are all available from this quaint coffee shop in the village of Chalford.