5 delicious and independent brunch spots in Leicester

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.

Sweet options include peanut butter and banana and strawberry and hazelnut chocolate sauce as well as mixed fruit and berries options. They also serve mouth-watering savoury options, including bacon and maple syrup (with optional cheese) and smoked salmon with avocado and lemon crème fraiche. Yum.

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?

Find brunch favourites like the full English and Eggs Royale, along with some lesser known dishes to discover – Caspian breakfast, anyone? Our pick would be either the French Toast with spinach and mushrooms or the Ham, Avocado and Fried Egg Hash. All these treats are served up in their historic tearooms dating back to 1723. If the sun is out, we love to enjoy our brunch in their secluded outdoor courtyard.


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.

Their all day breakfast menu serves up simple but elegant and delicious dishes, the perfect brunch to kick off your weekend trip to the city centre. Options include Bacon Ciabatta, Smashed Avocado on toast (with optional egg), the Leicester Breakfast, the Venice Breakfast, a Vegan Breakfast and the Merchant Breakfast. What’s more, coffee or tea is only £1 with a breakfast order.


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.

Find simple dishes done well, like eggs on toast and omelettes; big-hitting brunch favourites like French toast and American pancakes with a variety of toppings, and get the classic full English to fill that hearty appetite.

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.

Add to that a range of delicious brunch dishes and this really is a special start to the day. The stunningly presented dishes include On the Bone Steak and Eggs, Scrambled Hens Eggs and Cromer Crab. You can also soothe your head with a Bloody Mary or add bottomless mimosas to toast your brunch efforts.

We’re big fans of the Rancheros Fried Duck Egg served with a Red Snapper cocktail to keep us refreshed.


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