Once famed as England’s industrial epicentre, Sheffield is now a buzzy destination for art and culture lovers with most of the former factories now converted into event and exhibition spaces. While Leeds might get most of the press when it comes to eating out in Yorkshire cities, we’re here to fight Sheffield’s corner as a dining destination.
You see, in recent years Sheffield’s food scene has exploded and it’s now home to all kinds of restaurants, for all kinds of occasions. One of our favourite occasions to celebrate is the weekend, which handily rolls round every few days. These hallowed moments in the week should be marked properly, and to do that you’re going to need to include a laidback brunch in your plans. Brunch comes in many forms, so when we came to write our guide to the best brunch in Sheffield we took great care to include all kinds of options.
If you’re looking for something trendy that will make for good social media fodder, let us point you in the direction of Pom Kitchen, which specialises in photogenic food like rainbow bagels. Perhaps though you’re looking for a meal with a little more refinement? You might prefer Brocco Kitchen. This Michelin guide listed restaurant makes all the elements for its brunches in house and does a fun party menu at the weekend for groups too. If, on the other hand, it’s a bottomless brunch in Sheffield you’re looking for then options are slightly limited. Luckily though the Slug & Lettuce is on it with its two hour unlimited drinks offer that keeps groups of pals coming back week after week for mimosas with a side of eggs.
With over half a million residents – being the UK’s fifth biggest city – Sheffield has plenty of mouths to feed come brunchtime on the weekends. If you’re planning on heading to one of Sheffield’s best brunches we’d advise getting a date in the diary early to avoid disappointment.
V or V
It’s not always easy finding decent vegan food in Sheffield, but V or V are tackling that problem head on by creating the city’s first meat free restaurant. At the weekends V or V opens from 11am, allowing you a lie in before you leave the house in search of one of Sheffield’s best brunches. Naturally things are meat free here, and in line with the sustainably minded principles of the owners, the menu changes regularly too – in order to keep things seasonal. Combinations are predominantly savoury as they come from the main menu – think tempura hen-of-the-wood with shiso and a tonkatsu sauce or charcoal sweet potato with cheese grits.
Craft & Dough
While a pizza restaurant might not seem like the obvious place to hunt out a decent brunch at, surprisingly Craft & Dough do a fine line in lazy morning meals. With a brunch menu that is available until 3pm every day, there’s no rush to get here either. In keeping with the Italian theme, the full breakfast comes flavoured with rosemary, while baked eggs are spiced with rich nduja sausage for a smoky kick. There are plenty of vegan and veggie options too, so this is a great spot for mixed groups.
Sometimes brunch options can feel a bit samey, but the Graze Inn have managed to reinvent the wheel somehow for a menu full of exciting dishes. We love the open steak sandwich with caramelised onion chutney on freshly baked focaccia and the breakfast burrito stuffed with chorizo, bacon, scrambled eggs, tomato and coriander salsa, guacamole, and salad. There’s also a kids’ menu for little diners which includes the failsafe option of egg and soldiers.
Independently owned Brocco Kitchen is housed in a refurbished Edwardian villa and proudly holds the accolade of being listed on the Michelin guide. Weekends here can get busy, with people booking well ahead of their visit to secure a spot at one of Sheffield’s best brunch destinations so we recommend making plans in advance if you want to bag a table. The full Hunter breakfast is always popular with its homemade smoked beans and potato and onion rosti, while homemade granola bowls with fruit compotes offer a lighter alternative. If you’re looking to celebrate something special, Brocco Kitchen also offers a £20 party menu which includes tea or coffee, starters, and mains. A choice of cocktails adds extra appeal.
Hidden Gem Cafe
Locally sourced ingredients make the brunch at Hidden Gem Café a cut above the rest. Classics like Eggs Benedict sit alongside more unusual serves like wild mushrooms on toast flavoured with lemon, parsley and garlic. If you’re feeling ambitious you could tackle the breakfast sandwich which manages to stuff sausages, bacon and chilli and garlic halloumi as well as your choice of tomato, mushroom, black pudding, spinach, hash browns or a fried egg (phew!) into a roll. Vegans are well catered for here too and there’s a kids’ menu to boot.
The Devonshire Arms
Served every day until 10.30am, the brunch at The Devonshire Arms is worth getting out of bed that little bit earlier for. This is like a proper hotel breakfast with a build your own omelette option as well as toasted croissants and fluffy stacks of pancakes with a choice of toppings. From just £8 for a full breakfast, we think this constitutes a bargain, and the friendly staff ensure there’s a relaxing atmosphere so you can ease yourself into the day gently.
Trendy veggie café Pom Kitchen is an Instagrammable dream, and one of the trendiest spots to meet friends in Sheffield. We love the green goddess bagel which is a pink bagel filled with cream cheese, avocado, kale and cucumber. If you’re not feeling very virtuous then there are more indulgent options too. How about the vegetarian bacon butty with avocado and chilli jam or the rainbow bagel which comes topped with Biscoff spread and banana? The Pom Kitchen team serve their brunch all day, so take things easy and pop in whenever you fancy for your fix.
All Bar One
There’s a reason chain restaurants are popular, and it’s because you can rely on them for consistency. If you’re looking for a curer, or just somewhere easy to meet friends in the centre of the city, you could do worse than the All Bar One brunch. Start with a croissant or pan au chocolat before tucking into something more substantial like Belgian waffles or shakshuka. For a healthier start you could plump for the full vegan fry – which affords you three of your five a day no less – or the protein egg pot which comes with avocado, feta, chilli and chorizo.
Slug & Lettuce
There are brunches and then there are bottomless brunches, and we’re of the mindset that the latter is far superior (although we take no responsibility for midday sore heads). The Slug & Lettuce’s bottomless offer lasts for two hours, and for £20 you get your choice of brunch dishes as well as unlimited prosecco, mimosas, Aperol spritzes, bloody Marys, beers or soft drinks. Food options include a full English, avocado on toast and a stack of forest fruit pancakes.
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