I’ve mentioned on this blog before just how much importance I place on having a good breakfast; in fact I went so far as to write a post about The Perfect Eggs Benedict not too long ago.

Up until recently I had a weekend Breakfast Club with a friend, until he selfishly decided to make food for complete strangers a priority and open his own bakery (The wonderful East Bristol Bakery in fact – if you’ve not been I strongly suggest you pay it a visit). I’ve missed my weekend routine of taking turns with a friend to make some extravagant and experimental breakfast concoctions, so I’m very excited to be reinstating Breakfast Club with my friend Cat (along with whoever else amongst our friends can be bothered to get up before 11am on a Sunday).

Cat recently bought me The Breakfast Bible by Seb Emina and Malcolm Eggs (!!) for my birthday – to say that I was chuffed would be an understatement, and I’m currently leafing through it excitedly trying to think of what I’ll make for us this weekend. With that in mind, I’ve decided to put forward a brief introduction to my top breakfast tips (both for you to make, or places in Bristol to hunt a good one down), ahead of me posting about our Breakfast Club successes on sister site Saucy Pans.

For the proactive among you…My Top 3 Breakfasts Recipes

  • Huevos Rancheros – Quick, simple, tasty and reasonably healthy (also vegetarian, one for the meat dodgers!). All you need to do for this breakfast is knock up a basic spicy tomato sauce, make a well in the middle once it is at a thick enough consistency and then crack an egg or two in to the well. Once the eggs have cooked, serve with either a small amount of rice, grilled plantain or a toasted tortilla. This is a top one for making your own, so make the sauce as spicy or as tame as you like, maybe add some chorizo to jazz it up a bit – you can really go to town creatively with this dish. Good basic recipe Here.
Credit: Alex Poulter
Credit: Alex Poulter
  • Pancakes/Waffles – Again this is a good one to customise, but I love pancakes as an occasional weekend treat, especially with some candied bacon and maple syrup.Yumtastic. Tasty recipe for blueberry pancakes located Here, yo.
  • The Might Bacon Sarnie – The deserved king of breakfasts, nay, of snacks in general. Note the 2 main variations: Hungover version is on cheap white bread with butter & brown sauce; with the Posh version often found on sourdough with some exotic accompaniments such as avocado, black pepper, or maybe harissa tomato sauce (Poco introduced me to this combo earlier this year, amazing).

Best Bristol Breakfasts

Bacon Sandwich at Poco.
Credit: Alex Poulter
  • Poco – Some great options for brunch alongside the aforementioned harissa bacon sandwich, including Moroccan Eggs (also with harissa) and Moorish Eggs (with chorizo). Very calm and relaxing atmosphere too, a perfect way to see in your weekend.
  • Boston Tea Party – They’re constantly updating their already impressive menu, but my favourite would have to be their baked eggs with chorizo, potatoes in spicy tomato sauce & yoghurt. Hubba Hubba.
  • The Lounges – Another local chain with a great selection, the best value being their mighty Lounge Breakfast which is a bit of a beast, including a sausage pattie, hash browns and black pudding. These places, like BTP, tend to be quite busy, so either get there early or avoid if you want to munch in peace!
  • Windmill Hill City Farm – A bit of an unusual setting, but the food at the cafe here is cheap and very cheerful. Recommendations would be the Full English, or their yummy Gypsy Toast. Afterwards you can go and wave at the pygmy goats. Lovely.
  • Cafe Maitreya – An award-winning vegetarian cafe/restaurant, the photo at the top of the post is of their mighty Big Breakfast which alongside the usual veggie breakfast fare you’ll also find spinach and grilled Halloumi – yes, yes, yes. Their Granola Sundae is also superb – tasty, healthy and looks gorgeous.

Ones still to try:

Credit: Alex Poulter
Credit: Alex Poulter
  • Mud Dock (for the view of the harbour alone)
  • Thali Cafe (because I need to try Chai Toast at least once in my life)
  • The Gallimaufry (Eggs Benedict with ham hock, you say?)
  • Grillstock (their breakfast bap comes with pulled pork, cheese and egg, oh my).

Let me know your top tips for breakfasts – whether it be recipes, routines or places to visit – I’ll be reposting the Breakfast Club adventures soon!

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