Brunch is one of my favourite activities, I love how pancakes generally make an appearance on the menu, I love the slower pace, maybe because you’re waking up to the day, and I just love how it can extend a night out with friends, and also what’s better than munching while relaxing with a giant newspaper and a lovely cup of tea!!!
Cambridge has so many great spots for brunch/breakfast, so many actually this post would be very long, so I’ve decided to share my three current favourite spots – Old Bicycle Shop, Browns Cambridge, and Côte.
Brunch Spot: The Old Bicycle Shop
This is recent discovery, I actually saw it on Instagram and got food envy that I had to visit, and I’m so pleased I did, as not only is the menu a little different with great vegetarian options, I really love the warehouse-like decor and the fact they’ve kept a little of the bicycle shop history scattered about the walls. This place also has an outside terrace, which doesn’t allow smoking, so when the sun is shining it is quite the sun trap.
Let’s get down to the menu, yep they have pancakes so I’m happy. But these are pancakes with a difference, they are sweet potato ones, and the berry compote toasted almonds and yoghurt topping was simply divine. Not only were they delicious but oh so filling, which is what you need from brunch, and at less than £6 it is a great price.
Other highlights on the menu includes smashed avocado on toast with a soft boiled egg, not only does it taste great but you’ll be happy at the Instagram-worthy dish it comes in, or how about duck eggs, or the delicious sounding carrot and parsnip hash browns, with wild mushrooms, white bean, and chive aioli? There are also some classic options, eggs benedict, Croque Monsieur and smoked salmon.
Have you had brunch at Old Bicycle Shop? Let me know what I should try next.
Brunch Spot: Browns Cambridge
Next up is Browns Cambridge, which is probably better known for its dinner menu, but I love how varied its brunch offering is, especially for vegetarians. This has to be one of my favourite veggie brunches, it has the classics scrambled eggs, beans, tomato, mushrooms and toast, you know the obvious, but it also has smashed avocado, that always gets my vote, as well as beetroot hash, which is so delicious and has to be tasted.
If you don’t fancy this much for brunch, why not opt for the selection of freshly baked mini pastries and muesli bread, the strawberry jam is amazing, and of course it wouldn’t be a brunch menu with pancakes, which come with mixed berries, English borage honey, and greek yoghurt, I’m seriously making myself hungry.
For my husband, he always opts for the traditional breakfast, apparently, the black pudding is great, he also had, and loved the Browns lobster benedict, the Bubble & squeak, and scrambled free range eggs and smoked salmon, seriously there is so much choice.
On top of all the food, I also love their breakfast smoothies, strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry is my favourite, but I also love the kale, spinach, and apple for a healthy kick, and the mango, pineapple, passionfruit is like summer in a juice.
Brunch Spot: Côte Brasserie
What I like about Côte is that it doesn’t feel like a huge chain, I know that it is, there are lots across the UK, but the Cambridge one with its great location on Bridge Street – so perfect before hitting the shops, cute booths, chic white crockery, and gorgeous light, which is needed to get that great Instagram snap.
The menu is a little more limiting than the others, but I had to include as it does the best french toast in the city, topped with fruit salad and maple flavoured syrup, which I always ask for extra as it is so yummy. You can also do a pick-n-mix, hotel-style breakfast, a little of everything – a croissant, pain aux raisin, pain au chocolate and fruit salad. Trust me, you’ll love filling up your tiny table with delicious food.
Meat lovers go for the French breakfast, which comes with French streaky bacon and a field mushroom on toasted brioche, or why not opt for a warm crêpe with free range eggs, bacon and shaved Gruyère cheese.
Other great brunch spots: Loch Fyne – this place isn’t just about seafood, the brunch menu is pretty nice; Afternoon Tease, a little limited but I do love their veggie sausage sandwich; Bill’s, you can’t go wrong with Bill’s; and then there’s Harriets, the crumpets are to-die-for.