5 of Wales’ best brunches

In the social media age, brunch is undoubtedly the meal of champions. After all, if you didn’t Instagram your avocado toast did it even happen? But where should you go in Wales to get your fix of French toast, maple syrup pancakes, bacon sarnies and Eggs Benedict? Here’s five of our faves.

Hoogah, Swansea

Egg and avocado breakfast pretzel with a cup of coffee.
Breakfast pretzel at Hoogah, Swansea by @hoogahswansea Instagram
This lovely little nook takes its name from the Danish word Hygge (yep, pronounced hoo-gah) – a way of life that celebrates cosiness and contentment – and it’s clear to see why. Its chilled out vibe invites you to cwtch up (a Welsh term similar to hygge) with pals and savour a lazy Sunday brunch. Hoogah is serious about serving high quality locally-sourced ingredients, and offer a variety of experimental vegan and vegetarian dishes, as well the Insta-worthy ‘Full Hoogah’, which features sourdough toast stacked with spicy mixed beans, local eggs and bacon, fresh rye and avocado.  

Idris Stores, Corris

Hummus, roast tomato, avocado and tofu brunch and coffee.
Hummus, roast tomato, avocado and tofu brunch, Idris Stores, Corris by @idrisstores Instagram
On the southern tip of the Snowdonia National Park nestles Idris Stores, which is well worth a visit if you’re on a north Wales road trip through the mountains. Part coffee shop, part art gallery and part village store stocking all manner of healthy treats and eats, their Saturday Club menu changes weekly, and features freshly made frittatas, quesadillas and chickpea pancakes, as well as more traditional and hearty brunches. 

McCowans, Aberaeron

Platter of various sandwiches, scotch eggs, quiche and salad.
Afternoon tea platter, McCowans Cafe, Aberaeron by @Mccowanscafe Instagram
A family run vintage style café overlooking Aberaeron square, McCowans has mastered the art of brilliant brunches and hearty (yet decadent) afternoon teas. If you’ve got a sweet tooth post brunch, their homemade cakes are something to write home about, with lemon drizzle, tower choc orange and mint-choc cheesecake all delectably tempting. They do a mean scotch egg too.

Grey at the Hilton, Cardiff

A bottle of prosecco and steak and egg on toast.
Prosecco brunch at Grey at the Hilton, Cardiff by Grey at the Hilton
Enjoy free-flowing prosecco in plush urban surroundings with Grey’s bottomless brunch. The contemporary restaurant and lounge inside the Hilton Cardiff offers thirsty brunchers the opportunity to enjoy a two-course brunch, complete with limitless fizz (for up to 90 minutes, from £27). If it’s your first time in Cardiff, Grey’s Kingsway location offers great views of landmarks such as Cardiff Castle and City Hall, and you can even walk off all those bubbles on a long stroll around the beautiful 130 acre Bute Park, which is just over the road. Cheers to that!

Pete's Eats, Llanberis

Exterior of Pete's Eats, Llanberis.
Pete's Eats, Llanberis by @simplystrolling Instagram
A welcome sight for many a weary climber, Pete’s Eats in outdoor activities hub Llanberis has been serving its sizeable portions to outdoor enthusiasts since 1978. Something of a legend among certain circles the caff has been voted the People's Choice Awards’ ‘Best Cafe in Wales’. And food blogger Gourmet Gorro named Pete’s chip butty one of his must try dishes for 2017.
 
Seating up to 100 people you’ll be sure to find a table, and its exuberant exterior makes it easy to spot. All food is prepared and served fresh, using local ingredients wherever possible. While they specialise in hefty portions of traditional brunch fodder, they promise to take good care of their vegan and vegetarian friends too.