Is there anything more glorious than a weekend brunch? Forget that early morning rushed porridge from the week and welcome 48 hours of calm with the grandest meal of them all. The possibilities are endless… indulgent, exotic, clean, boozy, bottomless, sweet, savoury, spicy – whatever you fancy, one thing is for certain: brunch is always a good idea.
We’ve rounded up some of the best independents serving up brunch in the city. Got a hot tip for us and our followers? Let us know! We’re always looking for new places to try. Find us on facebook and Instagram @independentleics
Kai, St Martins Square
For many, Kai in St Martins Square is the spiritual home of brunch in Leicester. One look through their social and it’s not hard to see why. Their famous towering pancake stacks are up there as one of the most instagrammable – and delicious – brunches in Leicester.
But its not all about the pancakes! Kai’s all-day brunch menu includes french toast, breakfast hash, a variety of avocado dishes and all kinds of eggs. Wash down your brunch with a choice of cocktails, teas, coffees and soft drinks.
Our current go-to order is the Shakshuka… with a mimosa on the side for a treat!
Mrs Bridges Tearooms, Loseby Lane
Mrs Bridges is famous in Leicester for serving up a delicious afternoon tea – another weekend delight that we are sure to write a blog post about! But did you know you can also find a great selection of brunch dishes on their menu?
The Merchant of Venice, Granby Street
If you’re looking for a simple, fuss-free start to the day in beautiful surroundings, look no further than The Merchant of Venice.
Handily located near to Leicester train station, The Merchant of Venice is a well-known coffee stop serving authentic Italian coffee, with twinkling fairy lights and swinging window seats creating a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere.
James’ Café Bistro, East Bond Street
Going to James’ Café Bistro is like going to see old friends; a friendly welcome is guaranteed whether you’re a regular or it’s your first time. This cosy bistro is tucked away behind the Highcross and serves freshly prepared breakfasts and brunches for all diets and appetites.
Vegans are well catered for too when it comes to brunch at James’ – the vegan American pancakes are made of almond or soy milk, and come with a choice of toppings including syrup, mixed fruits or vegan sausages.
Knight and Garter, Hotel Street
If you want to start your weekend in style, Knight and Garter is surely the place to go. From 10am their restaurant is open, featuring soulful music, complimentary papers and their la boulangerie and juice bar.
We’re big fans of the Rancheros Fried Duck Egg served with a Red Snapper cocktail to keep us refreshed.