Nothing says lazy weekend better than a relaxed hour or two spent enjoying good company over a delicious brunch. Whether you prefer freshly-cooked bacon on a warm buttered muffin, pancakes drizzled with berry compote, or simply great coffee served with light pastries, there are a growing number of options when it comes to brunch in Harrogate.
To help guide you through – and #ThinkIndie at the same time – we bring you the Locals’ Guide to Brunch in Harrogate. This one isn’t comprehensive yet, there are more brunches we need to try but we’ll add to it as we go along……
The Champagne Concept (with a little help from Baltzersen’s)
Our next-door neighbours, The Champagne Concept, have been wowing drinkers with their bubbles and their knowledge for almost a year now. For a few weeks now there’s been something new on offer: Champagne brunches. It’s the perfect way to mark a special occasion, begin a special weekend – or treat yourself just because you can.
The menu has three food options, all provided by the team from Baltzersen’s: sourdough toast with a choice of toppings and a poached duck egg served with hollondaise sauce; avocado on toast with gravlaks, roast tomatoes, shredded fennel, garlic aioli and lingonberry ketchup; and waffles served with a choice of fruit compote, jam, maple syrup, nutella, salted caramel and banana. As well as a glass of orange juice and bottomless tea or coffee, Laurence and team will serve two glasses of your choice of white or rose Champagne.
Brunch is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to noon (booking advised), though it can be provided on other days by arrangement. The Champagne Concept offers tastings to all customers who want to learn more about Champagne, as well as a huge array of drinks by the glass for those who already know their own tastes, and is open every day except Mondays.
Bubbles with brunch is a brilliant way to celebrate any occasion, and we know from experience you’ll get great service from The Champagne Concept. The premises has just had some changes made, so the front windows can be flung open on a warm day – and a Champagne brunch in the morning sun sounds pretty good to us!
We recently did a little photoshoot of our own brunch offering, you can check it out here.
Hoxton North has been a firm favourite on the Harrogate indie scene for three years now. Its interior is charming and full of character – however for co-founder Timothy Bosworth, it has had its limitations. So when the opportunity came up to open a second site, he grabbed it with both hands.
Moving up from London in 2013, Timothy and wife Victoria wanted to recreate some of the thriving culture they had enjoyed in the capital. It has proved a hit with locals and visitors alike.
Their new venue on Royal Parade is continuing the ethos that has already proved popular: quality produce, sourced locally and shared in a relaxed atmosphere. It launched on September 1st and was bursting at the seams right the way through its opening weekend.
Hoxton’s second bar has a strong focus on breakfast and brunch, with a menu changing regularly so returning customers can always try something new. Into the afternoon and evening, a selection of small plates will be on offer, alongside the drinks. Timothy is aiming to create a neighbourhood space where people can connect over good food and drinks, just as they have at the first site over the last three years.
If you do manage to get a table over the coming weeks you’ll be able to brunch like a Londoner on smashed avocado on sourdough with various twists and brunch classics such as Eggs Royale. Judging by the success of the opening weekend this is going to be a popular weekend spot for locals and we’re looking forward to seeing how the second Hoxton North expands on what the first has already achieved.
If you do visit you may even catch a glimpse of former Norse Chef Dom Henderson who is part of the kitchen team there.
Whilst there are plenty of brunch newcomers in town, Weetons on West Park is an established breakfast spot that gained national acclaim for its dishes with a listing in the The Times’ top 25 places for brunch. The Weetons Breakfast is a full English featuring locally sourced bacon, cured in house, and pork sausage made on the premises. All the meat used in the dishes comes straight from the butcher’s counter and the menu changes regularly to keep pace with the seasons, although there’s always space for a selection of rostis, which are a real hit with the regulars.
Weetons has expanded its menu recently and features a wide range of brunch options from granola and porridge to crepes and omelettes, not to mention Weetons twists on traditional classics like Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine and Eggs Benjamin. Harrogate, it seems, loves to brunch. So much so that Weetons has also extended its breakfast hours to allow locals to linger over their avocado toast and rosti until 11.45am Monday to Saturday and 12.45pm on Sundays.