Top five places for breakfast in Bristol, 2013

With great sadness, we say goodbye to Lahloo Pantry which has closed down. It takes with it some of our loveliest memories.

Since my last post on breakfasts, a year ago this time, there have been some changes and updates in the breakfast situation. 40 Alfred Place is now mainly used for pop-ups and the fabulous Hart’s Bakery has found a new house at Bristol Temple Meads. So let’s recap:

1. Hart’s Bakery at Bristol Temple Meads: excellent pastries, cakes, buns, toasties, lunch yummies (like pasties, tarts and soup) and most importantly and palatable all day – Laura Hart’s famous Custard Tarts. Possibly the best tarts in the world and I’m willing to do a global taste tour to find out.

2. Papadeli: their soy lattes aren’t that great but their food is delicious. They are at the RWA and in Clifton.

3. Source Food Cafe: just overall excellent quality food, own-made black pudding, croissants, a good selection including pancakes with bacon, porridge with Drambuie, hard-boiled eggs with soldiers and a full English breakfast. Also, their French toast with fruit selection is lovely. Good coffee too!

4. Bordeaux Quay: this restaurant is no longer on my bad books after my daughter and I visited two months ago and we discovered that they have a whole collection of books and toys for children at the back of the restaurant. There is a box near the back wall before you get to the toilets. Their scrambled eggs and soy latte were excellent.

5. Full Court Press: the new cafe which serves exceptional coffee (and BonSoy soy milk) now also serve Hart’s Bakery custard tarts and other sweet and savoury treats by Bosh. Coffee and cake counts as breakfast, right? A delightful little cafe with friendly and helpful Matt and Dave behind the counter. Update: Hart’s bakery custard tarts are available on Thursdays only and cinnamon buns are available the rest of the weekdays.

Full court press 1 Full Court Press inside Full Court Press 2

Bonus breakfast tips

Grillstock: from 8 to 10am, Grillstock serve breakfast rolls of pulled pork and egg. They come highly recommended.

Tart on Gloucester Road: I haven’t eaten here but have only heard good things from friends.

Watershed: excellent scrambled eggs. So-so tea from tea bags (as far as I know) and coffee is ok.

Boston Tea Party: Pre-baby, I used to be a regular at BTP and loved their soy lattes and poached eggs. However their stairs and distance have put an end to that for now. They also do great porridge.

Flinty Red at the Bristol Old Vic: This Michelin recommended restaurant makes excellent breakfast items but they stay out of the top five until I can visit and they have both coffee and soy milk available at the same time. Black filter coffee is nice but not good enough. Their granola is a true delicacy with hazelnuts and lovely crispy muesli.

Lahloo Pantry: – currently closed temporarily so not in the top five but — fresh cakes, a myriad selection of exotic and sturdy every day tea, locally sourced ingredients such as bacon from Ruby & White butchers on Whiteladies Road and excellent scrambled eggs served with sourdough toast. We celebrated my daughter’s second birthday there and if there is any matcha cake when you visit then it comes highly recommended by a two-year-old.

Flinty Red at the Bristol Old Vic for breakfast Breakfast at Flinty Red Flinty Red at the Old Vic

6 responses to “Top five places for breakfast in Bristol, 2013

  1. Of course coffee and cake counts as breakfast!

    Harts’ cinnamon buns are excellent by the way, quite possibly the best in the world too. Perhaps we can do a joint cinnamon bun-custard tart world tour?

    How you considered At The Well (Cheltenham Road) and the Bristolian (Picton Street) both favourites of mine?

    Brian.

    • The Bristolian is in my bad books for not only failing to make me a soy latte but actually giving me a lecture.

      The best cinnamon square in the world is at Cinnamon Square in Rickmansworth. Let’s meet at Temple Meads for custard tarts and then go there!

  2. That’s not very impressive from the Bristolian… I’m surprised and disappointed in them.

    Hmmm… Guildford to Ricksmanworth via Temple Meads… Not the most logical route!

    Brian.

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  4. to whom this may concern,
    i am the founder and owner of Cafe Ronak of Gloucester road.
    i have come to realise that our cafe is not listed on your lovely website and we would like a chance to make it on the top 5 best breakfast places in bristol.
    out team is very dedicated to delivering the best when it come to food drink of customer services.
    hope you find some times to come and see out humble cafe at some point.
    many thanks
    Ronak’s management team

    • Hi Kav, I hope your comment gets people visiting your coffee. If I get a chance I’ll pop by. Thanks for visiting.

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