Ready, Steady, BRUNCH
The perfect mix of relaxed ambience and foodie fun, complete with a spot of socially acceptable day drinking - it can only mean brunch, the queen of all mealtimes.
We’ve had a good old nose around the counties to find you excellent Eggs Benedict, marvellous Mimosas and pancake perfection for your perusal.
The Tenth Hole, Southsea
Blink and you’ll miss it. For many, the only clue that there’s something pretty special down on Southsea seafront is the queue that often extends out of the gate. The majority of visitors to the Tenth Hole are lured by their utterly decadent cakes (shout out to their epic Flake Cake), but for myself, their brunch is my main pull. Simple, well-made and delicious – I absolutely LOVE their Eggs Royale (and I’ve been known to be quite sniffy about my smoked salmon – I can assure you, theirs is top notch). There’s even a kids breakfast and treats for any visiting dogs too.
Cantina, Ventnor, Isle of Wight
This non-descript locale on Ventnor High Street, may not seem much on the outside but not only do they create some amazing baked goods to take away, but they were even named in The Guardian’s top spots for breakfast in the UK. It’s a cozy affair, with all and sundry popping in for their daily loaf as you scoff. One absolute must-try is their baked Shakshuka, the eggs are cooked perfectly and its spice levels are absolutely on-point.
Starting off in Bishops Waltham, Josie’s has grown to have three spots around the county, including Petersfield, and we’re hoping there will be more to come. The pancakes that come out of the kitchen are next-level drool-worthy, topped with everything from seasonal compote to buttermilk fried chicken. They’ve managed to bag themselves a bit of a rep for being the best in the county. And for those who eschew the sweet stuff, I have it on good authority their Breakfast Taco is muy bien.
The New Forest is a rather quiet place at times, and for many spots the whole brunch scene hasn’t quite reached here *just* yet. There is, however, a new kid on the block who’s set to change that. Greedo, situated in lovely Lymington, has decor looking a little more East London than rural Hampshire. On the menu, they’ve got some cracking dishes, including that love-it or hate-it classic Smoked Haddock Kedgeree, complete with Hampshire watercress. They’ve also got their own signature Greedo Bloody Mary, complete with Black Cow Vodka – made in Dorset from milk (I know, right?)
The Docks, Southampton
This award-winning eatery in Southampton is known for their super pretty offerings. All the coffee served here is from the local outfit, Winchester Coffee Roasters, and they’ve also got a range of unusual teas on offer too. Their food though…O…M…G. My personal favourite is the Sunshine Daydream. This is a stack of french toast (or eggy bread as Mr Muddy calls it), is caramelised, served with a marmalade syrup and topped with oodles of decadent whipped cream. It’s naughty but it’s SO good (and what’s brunch without a little bit of naughtiness?)
Dish. Deli and Kitchen, Romsey
This dainty little eatery sits in the centre of Romsey and has been serving the public for over seven years. The owners, both veterans of the hospitality industry, have created a menu that caters for all tastes (and time schedules – they serve brunch until 3pm), so you’ll have plenty to pick from. So, whether you fancy the full eggs treatment (Benedict, Florentine and Royale) or just a sneaky little pastry to tide you over, you’ll be able to get whatever you’re hankering for at this place.
This eatery in Winchester ramps up the healthy side of brunch with their super colourful Bircher Pots and Avo Toast. Here you can chow down on some of the freshest of fare, beautifully presented with a total smugness that you’re being super healthy. It’s also the ideal place to grab a bite if you’re a veggie, vegan or have any dietary requirements – everybody is catered for without having to forego anything tastewise.