Brunch feels like a deliciously modern portmanteau but the term actually dates back to the 19th century. It was popularised in the US and is closely associated with having both free time and disposable income.

Our capital city has more brunch-worthy spots than you can shake a stick at but that also means there are already a lot of recommendations of where’s best to go. Instead, let’s take a look around the country at some personally recommended nom nom locations from some of our readers.

Seasons in Sunningdale, Ascot was Nicole B’s best brunch spot. Described as a “beautifully bright space” to enjoy brunch, there’s also a farm shop so you can continue the experience of quality, seasonal food at home.

Sarah H told us that Chalk, Wokingham is her favourite. Set in an 18th-century listed building, this is the perfect level of glamour to enjoy the most decadent meal of the day. The peanut butter and nutella French toast sounds ever so good, as do the pimped-up croissants.

Bare Brew in Wanstead, an independent coffee shop, comes recommended by Clare H. Despite their overuse of the grocers’ apostrophe on their website, their food presentation with edible flowers is absolutely charming. And dogs are made very welcome, the perfect brunch companion.

Clare also suggested The Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park, Hackney. Positioned on the boating lake and with an incredible commitment to regenerative farming practices, this brunch will leave your belly and soul both feeling good.

The White Lion, Wrightington, near Wigan was recommended by Holly S. She said, “They do the best brunch and all the items are named after friends and family of the pub. Even my little one knows his own order and proudly orders himself a ‘Baby Jacks’.” They also offer horse parking with complimentary hay.

Julie D said that she always chooses The Barn Cafe, Stanway down in Essex. Part of a wonderful garden centre, you can potter among the plants before refuelling with a hearty brunch. Julie said, “Lovely freshly cooked food and cakes that are delicious with easy parking.”

ARLO Bistro & Cafe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was given a shout-out by Charlotte JC. Brunch there has the English breakfasts you need but also some different options, like Turkish eggs. The giant hangover crumpet sounds absolutely divine, even if you’re not in recovery mode.

Tamsin W said her brunch go-to is always Stanton House Hotel, near Swindon. “The Cedar Restaurant and Bar is an open plan area with views overlooking Stanton Lake and park” and offers a wide range of choices from cooked breakfast to vegan options to continental-style brekkie too.

If you’re in Caversham, near Reading, Megan E recommends checking out Alto Lounge for a relaxed vibe. Dogs are welcome, you can eat-in or takeaway, and the gluten-free and vegan menus are award-winning. What a combo!

Carly B recommends Café YOLK when you’re in Reading. This award-winning brunch location carefully sources quality ingredients. The local suppliers they choose are also award winners to ensure your air miles are minimal, the local community is supported, and your taste buds are delighted. 

The Lake District is a beautiful place for a stunning staycation. Sarah E suggests stopping in Homeground Coffee + Kitchen, Windermere, for all your brunching needs. Their new head chef is smashing it with brunch options like savoury French toast, crispy black pudding, pickled blackberries, thyme oil, parmesan, and a poached egg.

Where’s your favourite brunch spot? Keep inspiring us in the comments below.

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