I am all about brunch, and if you’re reading this post, you are too! Yay brunch!
I’m here on important brunch business so I won’t tarry – let’s get right into The Best Brunch Spots in Nottingham… and the ones to avoid!
#1 Annie’s Burger Shack
If there’s a better breakfast than this in Nottingham, I’ve yet to find it!
The menu: Breakfast goodness from all over the states…. omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, french toast, waffles, breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, grits, biscuits and gravy and way more. See the full menu here.
AMAZINGLY, you can get everything on the menu in either meaty, veggie or vegan – and the veggie substitutes are delicious.
Any cons? Annie’s only serves brekkie from 8 to 10.30am so you have to get up a little early, but it’s so worth it.
Annie’s is located in the Lace Market, a short walk from Nottingham train station, close to the Lace Market tram stop and very handy from anywhere in the centre of Nottingham.
It’s popular, but big so you shouldn’t have to wait long – and being all on one level it’s perfect for parents too, with room for buggies. Annie’s are opening a second branch in Derby later in 2017.
#2 The Pudding Pantry
Pudding Pantry is a turquoise and white wonder off Trinity Square in the North of the city – located close to the Victoria Centre (the main shopping centre in Nottingham) and lots of the shops.
They do – as the name suggests – puddings, plus afternoon tea, lunches, and brunch. I’ve been many times and love it!
See the brunch menu – tres reasonable, and the staff are friendly and accommodating. Pudding Pantry is popular and on the small side, so arrive early for brunch or be prepared to wait a while. There’s room to accomodate pushchairs and you often see kids in there too.
Pudding Pantry are great at gluten-free options – some of their cakes and breads are always available in gluten-free. Make sure you take away a cake for later!
#3 Warsaw Diner
Confession: I’ve lived in Nottingham for FOURTEEN years and never once eaten in Warsaw Diner, an American style breakfast cafe on Derby Road, just outside the city centre (a ten minute walk from the Royal Centre area and tram).
There’s often a wait mid-morning but the pancakes here are excellent according to the reviews – I’m making plans to go right away!
The only downside here is for veggies – there aren’t veggie alternatives to bacon or sausage, or any veggie option available, but you can still get pancakes and waffles. See the full menu here.
#4 Small Food Bakery
Small Food Bakery, in a former Primary School on Seely Road just outside Nottingham City Centre (up past Tough Mary’s Bakehouse and Warsaw Diner) is a 10 – 15 minute walk from the city centre and it’s a MARVEL.
A few years ago Nottingham didn’t have any good bakeries, and now this wonderful place is bringing us Nottinghamians the best quality carbs you can imagine.
While it’s primarily a bakery, Small Food has tables for lounging at, and serves a selection of breakfast delights including toast, croissants, pain au chocolat and buns fresh from the bakery.
Small Food Bakery is run entirely by women and is completely open plan – so as you sit and devour your sourdough cinnamon bun, you can watch them kneading and preparing sourdough donuts, pizzas and other insanely good treats. They also make their own jams, preserves, chutneys and more to buy, using whatever is in season, as well as selling raw milk and other awesome stuff.
#5 Tough Mary’s Bakehouse
A new addition to Derby Road, close to Small Food Bakery and Warsaw Diner, Tough Mary’s is another all-female team producing fantastic breads and morning treats like croissants, pain au chocolat, babka and buns.
There are just two small tables inside, making this the perfect place for a treat breakfast when you’re short of time.
Delilah is an impressive deli in a beautiful old bank (I think?) in Nottingham City centre – selling fantastic locally sourced and regional produce downstairs, with a nice dining space upstairs.
Breakfast is served Saturdays until 11.30am and Sundays until 12pm and everything is delicious – avocado, eggs and Small Food Bakery sourdough make regular appearances in the extensive breakfast menu.
Delilah have a second branch in Leicester too!
#7 Hungry Pumpkin
A small but perfectly formed independent run by a lovely Italian family, opposite St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market – Hungry Pumpkin is open for breakfast on Saturdays but not Sundays.
Their breakfasts are delicious and great value and portion sizes – with veggie options too – but no pancakes or waffles.
The cons are that because Hungry Pumpkin is so small and popular, it’s tough to get a table unless you get there early, and very difficult for people with buggies etc.
Wired is a sunny, instagrammable little cafe in the city centre (just off one of the main shopping thoroughfares, on Pelham Street). I’ve been a regular since it opened
Coffee-lovers (not me sadly) rave about Wired’s exceptional coffee menu, and they also offer the chance to pay for a suspended coffee for someone in need – a lovely idea.
See breakfast menu. Breakfasts are tasty and great value – using amazing bread from Welbeck Bakery.
Copper is right next to the Royal Centre tram stop, and has tonnes of room inside for kids and buggies. It’s large, stylish and airy.
Their extensive brunch menu includes healthier options and bottomless brunch cocktails, but nothing in the way of pancakes or waffles.
Plus, Copper serve brunch ALL DAY on a Sunday, meaning you’re not too late even if you didn’t roll out of bed until lunchtime.
Where not to brunch
Both of my worst places to brunch are chains… now clearly not all chains are bad, but we have SO MANY amazing independents in Nottingham that you really need to try. And no one wants a bad brunch…
Terrible pancakes served with pretend Maple syrup at a price that is frankly laughable for what you get.
Microwaved food, sad staff and faux authenticity. Blurgh.
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