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Is brunch the new lunch?

For years, the food and drink industry has been dominated with three menus – breakfast, lunch and dinner – but what happens if the hunger strikes in-between meal times? Or what if you snooze your way through breakfast and wake up hungry way before lunch? You probably get where we’re going here and major introductions probably aren’t necessary. Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a new mealtime on the block – brunch, and it’s taking the food and drink industry by storm.

The alternative brunch
When it comes to brunch, it’s important to note that we’re no longer just talking about a fry up in a café. Upmarket restaurants have hopped aboard the brunch trend too and creative and dynamic menus are on the rise. So, let’s skip to the important bit, where can you tuck in?

Livin’ Italy, Leeds
If you’re looking for a classy brunch with an Italian twist, why not try Livin’ Italy’s Italo-English savoury special. Indulge in tuscan sausage, crispy pancetta, roasted vine tomatoes, Italian fagioli beans, wild creamy mushrooms and a fried egg.

If that doesn’t make your tastebuds tingle, you can also tuck into quirky brunches at; Cafe No8 in York, The Greedy Pig in Leeds and Bella Italia in Castleford.

Bottomless brunch
Drinking before noon used to be saved for airports and the festive period, but with the bottomless brunch craze reaching the UK, it’s becoming increasingly acceptable to pour yourself a Prosecco at 11am. But what exactly does a ‘Bottomless Brunch’ entail? Well, it first became trendy in Manhattan and consists of pairing a mid-morning meal such as Eggs Benedict, pancakes or a full english, with unlimited brunch tipples such as Mimosas, Bloody Mary and Prosecco. For many, indulging in a ‘Bottomless Brunch’ has become a staple part of a Sunday.
Sound like something you could get on board with? Why don’t you try it out in the beautiful city of York?

Banyan, York
Banyan offers Bottomless Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2pm. Pay £19.95 for a dish from their traditional brunch menu plus unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Mary’s and even pints of Coors.
Want some more places to add to your Bottomless Brunch bucket list? Leeds is a huge lover of the bottomless brunch. Try Gaucho, Revolución de Cuba or Shears Yard in the city.

All about the eggs
When it comes to brunch, one ingredient is definitely taking centre stage – eggs. They are cheap, versatile and play a huge part in brunch dishes worldwide.
We’re talking boiled egg with ‘posh’ soldiers, poached eggs on avocado toast, and unique twists on the classics such as Eggs Benedict. So, where can you tuck in to one of these eggcellent brunches?

Judson’s Wine Bar & Dining, Pocklington
If you’re an egg fan you’ll be pleased to hear that Judson’s have a whole section dedicated to eggs on their brunch menu. Try their twist on Eggs Benedict – black pudding with poached eggs, hollandaise & toasted sough dough bread.

Want more places to indulge in great eggs? Try Kitchen in Howden, Hepworth’s in Leeds and Bettys Tea Room, York.

Brunch remains very much on-trend and is still evolving even now. We’re not trying to pretend we are strangers to a greasy fry-up in our pjs but dining out in a classy location, eating a fresh and innovative meal on a Sunday morning is definitely worth getting dressed and leaving the house for – right?

Have we inspired you to go out for brunch this weekend? Post a photo to social media with the hashtag #wine&dineyorkshire and help us keep our eye on Yorkshire’s best brunch spots.

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