Brunch: Guides & Recipes
A cross between breakfast and lunch, brunch has become the meal du jour in recent years – though the term itself actually dates back to 1895. In a Hunter’s Weekly article, British author Guy Beringer pitched an alternative to the post-church Sunday meals in favour of lighter fare served later in the morning. ‘Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,’ he writes. ‘It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.’ Over a century on, the ethos of brunch remains pretty much the same – albeit with a wealth of new recipes, twists and experiences. Restaurants have upped their game on brunches, with a wealth of unique dishes on offer – from upgraded versions of classic egg dishes to decadent stacks of pancakes; smoothie bowls to brunch burgers. The concept of bottomless brunch has also soared in recent years, offering free-flowing drinks alongside your chosen dish. Here we’ll share guides to the best brunches in town, from drag brunches to lavish hotel breakfasts. Fancy making your own at home? We have plenty of brunch recipes too – or you can get a helping hand by picking one of the DIY kits available to order.