There’s not much better than a long, lazy brunch with friends to shake off the cobwebs after a hectic week at work. Whether you prefer a classic fried breakfast or smashed avocado on toast; the finest artisan coffee or a morning mimosa – Birmingham is filled with tempting brunch spots to start your weekend with a bang.
Here are four of our favourites…
Better known as a cocktail bar, Aluna offers an inventive drinks menu just off commercial street, by the Birmingham canal line – but it also does such a good brunch that we had to include it on this list.
The brunch menu is available between 11am and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday, and starts from a reasonable £24.95 per person for two courses with bottomless prosecco. If you prefer cocktails, you can upgrade with bottomless martinis for £32.50 per person.
The main courses range from a traditional English breakfast, to the Aluna fried chicken waffle, to an edamame and kale pancake dish for the more adventurous brunch fan. Following that, you can take your pick of their mouthwatering desserts, including buttermilk pancakes and a warm chocolate brownie.
Located in the heart of Birmingham’s business district just off Edmund Street, The Florence is a cosy city centre sanctuary perfect for parties of nearly any size. We are particularly fond of the option to book the hidden away function room if you’re after a quieter or more private atmosphere.
The menu is divided up into starters, eggs, mains and desserts, which you can mix and match as you please for either £30 per person (two courses) or £35 per person (three courses). All options come with unlimited bellinis or prosecco, and the food on offer is varied enough to suit any and all tastes.
If you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, Cherry Reds on John Bright Street in the city centre might be the perfect choice. This independent bar proudly keeps its offering simple; however, that doesn’t mean it sacrifices quality.
Instead, the focus is on providing exceptional food using the best local ingredients – something that everyone can agree with. The breakfast buffet is a particularly good choice, with a choice between continental breakfast (£8 per person) or hot breakfast sandwiches (£4 per person) available. If you’re still hungry after that, the platters of homemade cakes on offer are the ideal way to round off your meal.
To finish our list, we’ve gone for something completely different. If you’re looking for a more unusual brunch, head to Damascena. The location of this delicatessen, coffee house and bakery could not be better: tucked in between a pair of Grade II Listed buildings, you will have views of the stunning Cathedral of St. Phillip’s as you eat – a tranquil garden square in the city centre.
The food itself is a fantastic Middle Eastern addition the Birmingham’s brunch scene. Flatbreads, dips, falafels, eggs, tomatoes, salads, salami, honey, jams and tea – the menu at Damascena may not sound like a traditional “brunch”, but we promise you it makes perfect sense when you get there, and you won’t regret it for a second.