The world of brunch is undeniably a strange one - and bottomless brunch even more so. Each restaurant seems to have its own interpretation of what exactly the term means. Some places serve the meal as late as 5pm, while others finish at 2pm. Many restaurants - like Jam Jar - are traditionalists. If you go to Jam Jar for brunch, you can expect to enjoy some form of eggs (whether in a custardy French toast, full English or smothered in Hollandaise) served with a Bellini or Mimosa. Jam Jar’s brunch is served from 11am-3pm, and only on the weekend. This, to most people, is what they think of when they hear brunch. At Bella Italia on the other hand, things get a little weird. The pizzeria’s brunch is definitely more of a ‘brunch’. The meal is served until as late as 5pm, and consists of a two course Italian meal accompanied by bottomless Prosecco. Somehow, lasagne and bruschetta at 4.30pm isn’t quite what the term ‘brunch’ conjures up.
The origins of brunch - the modern interpretation of it at least - aren’t clear. Although three meals a day are now standard in the UK, historically it was perfectly common to have one big meal in the middle of the day, and then a smaller supper in the evening. Linguistically, the term is often attributed to Guy Beringer’s 1895 essay ‘Brunch: a plea’. Beringer explained the meaning of the term, and then encouraged the reader to adopt the habit of a Sunday brunch as a means to recover from excessive Saturday night drinking. And, even in 1895, eggs and alcohol were seen as a necessary part of the meal. Beringer argued that eggs were ‘consoling, but not exhilarating’, and therefore a great way to start the day. He also noted in a postscript that ‘beer and whiskey are admitted as substitutes for tea and coffee’ to accompany the meal.
One thing is for certain though, and that is that bottomless brunch is definitely popular across Newcastle. Check out our list below for all the places you can find it locally.
Turtle Bay Newcastle
What: Turtle Bay is located right next to The Gate in Newcastle, and serves a mixture of Caribbean inspired and British dishes. At brunch, all the mains are served with roti and the standard menu includes vegan options. As well as Prosecco or beer, diners can also enjoy bottomless cocktails.
Where: The Gate, 117 Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5RZ
How Much: £29.50 for the brunch menu or £33.30 for the main menu
What: When Sohe says it does an ‘all-day brunch’ it means it, with brunch running until 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and until 6pm on Sundays. The price includes British Chinese favourites for starters, like prawn crackers and spring rolls, followed by a mixture of curries and stir fries for the main course.
Where: 97 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2TJ
How Much: £30.95
What: The Newcastle branch of South American chain Las Iguanas is located on beautiful Grey Street, just down the road from the Theatre Royal. If you’re more in the mood for quesadillas and breakfast burritos than granola and hollandaise sauce, this is a great place to check out.
Where: 62-74 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6AF
How Much: £29.95
Slug and Lettuce
What: The Slug and Lettuce Newcastle is in a fantastic location overlooking the Quayside. The bottomless brunch - served until 4pm - would be a lovely way to round off a morning walking alongside the Tyne, before a quick trip to The Baltic.
Where: Exchange Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DW
How Much: £28
What: This is definitely one of the most popular places in Newcastle for bottomless brunch. Jam Jar’s brunch menu is full of classics, like omelettes, eggs on English muffins and French toast served savoury or sweet. The team also make the black pudding in-house, so that’s definitely worth a try.
Where: 88 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AP
How Much: £28 for a boozy brunch, or £16 for a non alcoholic one
What: On a sunny day, Banyan is a particularly great area to get brunch thanks to the spacious outdoor seating area overlooking Monument in the centre of Newcastle. If you’re not a fan of Prosecco, try one of Banyan’s spritzes or a Garibaldi, made with orange juice and Campari.
Where: 3 Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AL
How Much: £29.95
Revolucion de Cuba
What: Although known for its live music, rum and cocktails, brunch at Revolucion de Cuba is a surprisingly traditional affair. This bar offers a selection of cocktails and beers every main, alongside a small menu of classic brunch options.
Where: 1 Cloth Market, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EE
How Much: starts from £20
What: Revolution Newcastle is a huge space, with high ceilings and a perfect location next to Central Station. The brunch menu features plenty of American favourites, like pancakes and chicken and waffles. It also includes ‘Brunch Pizza’, which comes with bacon, sausages and eggs and can be made gluten free.
Where: Collingwood Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1JF
How Much: from £20
All Bar One
What: All Bar One on Grey Street is a chill, low key place to get brunch. The bottomless brunch menu runs every day until 3pm, so diners can skip the weekend crowd and enjoy some midweek Bloody Mary’s.
Where: 51 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EE
How Much: £30
The Brandling Arms
What: The Brandling Arms is a huge pub right at the centre of Gosforth High Street. There is a large outdoor seating area with plenty of tables, and a traditional cozy bar pub interior. The bottomless brunch is pretty affordable too at just £25.
Where: High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1HD
How Much: £25
What: As noted in the introduction, this is definitely far from a traditional brunch and perhaps more of a ‘linner’. Either way, Bella Italia is a friendly, central Italian restaurant in Newcastle which is a great place to bring family and some classic British Italian food.
Where: Greys Quarter, Intu Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AP
How Much: from £27.99
What: The Purple Peacock is an ostentatious restaurant in central Newcastle, serving what it calls ‘drunch’ (although it is most certainly brunch) from 12pm. This is a great place to get some colourful drinks, spring rolls and a few impressive pictures for Instagram.
Where: Degrees North, 55 Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BJ
How Much: from £30
Cog and Wheel
What: The Cog and Wheel is a pub off Sandyford Road serving burgers, roasts and bottomless brunch. It is known for its friendly service and selection of local beers.
Where: 131 Sandyford Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1QR
How Much: £25
What: Bun Bun in South Shields (run by the family of Geordie Shore star Sophie Kasaei) serves up everything from burgers and sliders to souvlaki and moussaka. For brunch, Bun Bun keeps it traditional with eggs Benedict, a full English and bacon sandwiches.
Where: 3 St Hilda Street, South Shields NE33 1QD
How Much: £25
Check out our list of bottomless brunch in Liverpool for more boozy breakfast options.