Brunch is a fantastic invention. When mornings begin too lazily to accommodate any kind of meaningful sustenance before leaving the house, but don’t need to feature much in the way of useful activity, there’s great satisfaction to be had from letting the morning bleed away with a paper and some delicious food while someone else takes the strain. Here’s a round up of the best places to enact that scenario in York. Enjoy!
Mark Hill has settled his Street Cleaver persona into The Evil Eye seamlessly and now serves up Asian-influenced dishes that pack a kick far greater than the money you need about your person to experience them. The spiced Indian egg rolls are a fantastic way to start a day.
This small “art space” dishes up unusual breakfasts that are full of unique flavours. It can be a bit of a squeeze, but the atmosphere is relaxed, teas and coffee superb and food truly fantastic.
Bicis y Mas
Yes the name’s a bit tricky and yes it’s vegetarian but, trust me, Bicis serves up delicious food that doesn’t suffer a bit for the absence of meat. I once dragged along a meat-devoted friend who couldn’t countenance brunch without sausage, let alone bacon, and he was absolutely converted.
Since it was forced to close by the 2015 floods, the Fossgate has gone from strength to strength. After using the floods as an opportunity to extend upstairs, the food offering has expanded to offer some superb meaty and vegetarian breakfast options.
Star Inn the City
The Star is definitely one of the headline acts in our food scene and brunch certainly doesn’t disappoint. Gammon & eggs, “ceps in the city” and kipper croquettes are amongst the plates on offer while you enjoy those magnificent views of the river or Museum Gardens
While they’ve recently been branching out into evening service, the daytime offering at Mannion remains superb. Mine’s a rarebit please!
After cementing a reputation for offering equally imaginative vegetarian and meat dishes in the evenings, Source now applies the same attention to detail and care to a fantastic brunch offering. The bubble & squeak with avocado and poached egg is fantastic.
The stand out dish here is the ‘duck rumour’: a baked duck egg with either mushroom, gruyere and creme fraiche or smoked salmon, spinach and gruyere. The more conventional options hit the spot too, but I know which I’d go for.
Update: 22/5/17. No sooner had I published this piece than Sutlers asked me to pop by and take a look. The excellent skillet breakfast with chorizo and Eggs Royale entirely justify this addition, along with Audrey the pug who’s worth visiting all by herself.
On the list to visit in the near future is Robinsons on Bishopthorpe Rd, about whom I’ve heard some marvellous things.