The best places for brunch and coffee in the UK

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If there's one thing we love in life, it's eating. We're especially partial to tucking into a good breakfast, whether that's eggs Florentine, bacon, pancakes and maple syrup, or just good old toast and marmalade.

As for when we do the deed, we're just as happy munching away in the early hours before work, or taking our time over a hearty brunch with the papers.

Here we've compiled the best places to eat breakfast and brunch all over the UK. Choose from quaint little coffee shops to tea emporiums, or lovable greasy spoons and upmarket restaurants. We guarantee you'll find something to whet your appetite.

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  • Leaf on Bold St, Liverpool

    Open for breakfast: 9am - 12 noon (mid-week), 10am-3pm (weekend).

    Menu: A mix of toast, eggs, and breakfast sandwiches mid-week. At the weekend you can go for pancakes, eggs florentine, benedict or royale.

    65–67 Bold Street, L1 4EZ

  • The Alchemist, Leeds

    Open for breakfast: Saturday 10am - 1pm, and Sunday 11am - 1pm.

    Menu: This one's mainly for the weekends, as they don't serve brekkie until Saturday and Sunday. However, they have an extensive menu, full of waffles, eggs and any other hangover paraphernalia you'll need (i.e. a decent Bloody Mary).

    Level 1, Trinity, LS1 6HW

  • Steam Yard, Sheffield

    Open for breakfast: 9am-5pm (mid-week), 9am-6pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.

    Menu: There's not strictly a breakfast menu as they offer various pastries all day. But their coffee is superb and easily rivals that of any London favourite. They have their own roasted brand on offer but also have guest coffees you can also try. 

    Aberdeen Court, 97 Division St, S1 4GE

  • Café Royal, Newcastle

    Open for breakfast: From 8am, Monday-Saturday and from 10am on Sundays.

    Menu: The usual breakfast fare is on offer here but we love the look of their baked eggs and sourdough.

    8 Nelson Street, NE1 5AW

  • The Riding House Cafe, London

    Open for breakfast: Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 11pm, Saturday – 9am to 11pm and Sunday – 9am to 10.30pm.

    Menu: While The Riding House cafe has a great selection of delicious eggs, pancakes and kedgeree, the avocado on toast is one of the best things to try.

    43-51 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7PQ

  • Mrs Atha's, Leeds

    Open for breakfast: Monday-Saturday from 9am, Sunday from 10am.

    Menu: These guys have a penchant for great coffee and also specialty teas. There's also a lot of cakes available to much on too.

    Central Road, LS1

  • The Table, London

    Open for breakfast: Monday 7.30am – 4:30pm, Tuesday to Friday 7.30am – 10.30pm, Saturday & Sunday 8.30am – 4pm.

    Menu: We can't express how much you need to eat the pancakes here. Just go, order them, eat, and thank us later. But maybe when you've had a lie down.

    83 Southwark St, SE1 0HX

  • Proper Tea, Manchester

    Open for breakfast: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6.30pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.

    Menu: This is best if you're a tea lover, although they do also have their Cathedral Blend coffee that's worth trying. Fun fact: this place was set up by broadcaster and tea fanatic Yvette Fielding.

    Manchester Cathedral, 10 Cateaton Street, M3 1SQ

  • The New Club, Brighton

    Open for breakfast: Important: these guys don't take reservations, but are open from 9am-12pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-12pm.

    Menu: An independent coffee house combined with an NYC-style eatery? Why not. Best for those who want to impress trendy friends and if you're after something a little bit different on the coast.

    133-134 Kings Road, BN1 2HH

  • Nopi, London

    Open for breakfast: Monday-Friday 8am-12pm, Saturday 10am-11.30am, Sunday 10am-12.30pm.

    Menu: We can't imagine any establishment run by chef Yotam Ottolenghi to be bad, so it'll come as no surprise that Nopi in Soho comes highly recommended. Try the Shakshuka (braised eggs, piquante tomato sauce, smoked labneh) for an alternative to your usual eggs Florentine.

    21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE

  • The Regency Cafe, London

    Open for breakfast: Monday - Saturday, 7am - 5pm. Closed on Sundays.

    Menu: This is a proper greasy spoon institution in Pimlico. Perfect for a no-fuss, excellent full English.

    17-19 Regency Street, SW1P 4BY

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  • Dean Street Townhouse, London

    Open for breakfast: Monday to Friday from 7am, Saturday and Sunday from 8am.

    Menu: This is ideal if you're trying to impress a friend or a client. As well as a sumptuous interior, they also offer a selection of breakfasts, including croissants, toasts, eggs, and kippers.

    69 - 71 Dean Street, W1D 3SE

  • Koffee Pot, Manchester

    Open for breakfast: Monday-Friday from 7.30am, Saturday from 9am, Sunday from 10am.

    Menu: Another greasy spoon, this place is popular with locals and tourists alike. Head here for unfussy food in large portions.

    21 Hilton Street, Stevenson Square, M1 1JJ

  • Tribeca, Glasgow

    Open for breakfast: Monday-Sunday from 8am.

    Menu: If you're a fan of American-style diners and you live, or are visiting Glasgow, then this is the place to go.

    The corner of Byres Road & Partick Cross, G11 6NX

  • The Delaunay, London

    Open for breakfast: Monday - Friday, 7am - 11.30am, Saturday from 8am, Sunday from 9am.

    Menu: It's advised to make a reservation here, particularly during the week as it's a very popular spot for early morning meetings. The menu itself features full English breakfasts, pastries from their kitchen, all manner of eggs, as well as homemade mueslis, fresh fruits and an extensive tea and coffee menu.

    55 Aldwych, WC2B 4BB

  • Fancie, South Yorkshire

    Open for breakfast: Everyday from 9am-12pm.

    Menu: Originally famed for their cupcakes, this Yorkshire establishment offers delicious brunch fare. Unsure of what to select? Opt for the pancakes and bacon, with one of their cupcakes to follow, if you think you can handle it.

    Eccelsall road, S11 8PF

  • Caravan, London

    Open for breakfast: Monday-Friday from 8am, Saturday and Sunday from 10am.

    Menu: Caravan prides itself on it's original menu and use seasonal ingredients for all of their menu. Choose from sourdough toasts, baked goods, or their delicious-sounding coconut bread, lemon curd cream cheese, poached rhubarb breakfast.

    Granary building, 1 granary square, N1C 4AA

  • Duck and Waffle, London

    Open for breakfast: Monday – Friday 6am-11am, weekends 6am-9am.

    Menu: While you can try their pastries, toast, waffles, or their English breakfast (pictured) your best bet, especially if you're a first-timer here, is to opt for the duck 'n' waffle. Well, it would be rude not to.

    Heron Tower,110 Bishopgate, EC2N 4AY

  • The Pantry, Edinburgh

    Open for breakfast: the kitchen opens at 9am everyday.

    Menu: Bringing the best high quality, locally-sourced food to the New Town’s doorstep, The Pantry is a food lover’s haven. Their breakfasts and brunches all reflect the finest in seasonal ingredients.

    1-2 North West Circus Place, StockBridge, EH3 6ST

  • The Bristolian, Bristol

    Open for breakfast: Everyday from 8am.

    Menu: This is a bit of a Bristolian favourite and the veggie breakfast looks like a must-try.

    2 Picton Street, BS6


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