Previously on my blog, I’ve made my feelings about breakfast pretty clear. I can’t actually say it’s my favourite meal of the day (that would really upset lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, supper, midnight feasts and all my other favourites, whom I love equally for different reasons) but they don’t call it the most important meal of the day for nothing.
It’s not just about the food either – going out for breakfast or brunch means a lovely lazy start, taking time to wake up and relax at the start of your day. So often we leap right out of bed and straight into whatever needs doing, rushing through breakfast along the way – but when you’ve got time to slow down and savour your meal, here are five of my favourite places in Bath to do it…
Café au Lait
I visited Café au Lait before Christmas to review their newly expanded breakfast and brunch menu (you can read my full report here) and I was seriously impressed, mainly by their incredible twists on a breakfast classic, the Full English. Purists will be reassured that they do offer the traditional version, complete with bacon, eggs and sausages, but I opted for Grilled Halloumi – perfectly golden and crispy halloumi slices, in a special house-seasoning blend, with poached eggs, avocado and sweet potato puree (a particularly delicious combination with the halloumi) on thick sourdough toast – and let me tell you, I didn’t miss the bacon for one tiny second. The menu is absolutely stuffed with loads more tempting options, but I have to give a special shout out to the pancakes as well – unbelievably thick and fluffy, slathered with melted dark chocolate and topped with banana slices, these might just be the best pancakes I’ve ever had.
Of course, an indulgent breakfast doesn’t always have to mean a plateful of bacon and eggs – and if you fancy something a bit different, then Comins Tea House is my number one recommendation. Top picks for me include their matcha granola with natural yoghurt, maple syrup and blueberries, or the Sri Lankan egg hoppers – a crispy coconut pancake with an egg cooked in the middle. Trust me, it’s absolutely delicious. Plus, of course, they serve up an amazing menu of teas from all over the world – perfect for lazy sitting and sipping.
The Green Bird Café
A strong candidate for my favourite café in Bath, The Green Bird Cafe is a cosy little oasis of good food and great coffee just round the corner from my flat, so it’s always my go-to for a pick-me-up. I’ll confess my usual choice here is lunch, but that says more about their utterly incredible cheese toasties than it does about the breakfast, which is also excellent – the French toast is my particular favourite, crispy on the outside and gloriously light and fluffy on the inside, but the almond milk porridge is also fab. And, as I say, the coffee here is very, very good.
Good Day Café
A relative newcomer to the Bath foodie scene, Good Day Café is a gorgeously Instagrammable spot serving up trendy superlattes – so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as far as their food went, but let me tell you, their breakfast is amazing (you can read my full review here). The Boston Baked Beans particularly stood out for me – laced with aromatic herbs and plenty of tender bacon pieces, served up with thick buttered sourdough and grated cheddar sprinkled on top. And the superlattes? I’m a convert – I particularly recommend the beetroot.
Boston Tea Party
Regular blog readers will know that I usually focus on independent joints, but I make an exception for Bostons because I love their vibe, and I think they’re a brilliant example of how an independent can grow into a (small) chain and still stick to its principles. I also happen to think Bostons is the best place in Bath to get a bacon sandwich – a simple staple of breakfast and yet so often not up to scratch. Avoid disappointment and hit Bostons for your butty, washed down with a freshly-squeezed orange juice.
Where’s your favourite place in Bath for breakfast or brunch? Have I missed anywhere crucial? Leave me a comment and let me know!