If there is one thing in life I know, it’s brunch. They say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content and I’m a firm believer in a good Sunday brunch setting you up for a week of content! In addition to my alter ego, “the wee food blogger”, I'm also the founder of a meet up group for 20 & 30 something girls in Edinburgh called Athena Collectiv and our Sunday Brunch meetup is consistently our most popular event. Getting a good brunch in Edinburgh is easy, but when you have to cater for a large group…not so easy! So here is my Top 5 of places to brunch in a big group – whether it be for a friends get-together, a hen party, a baby shower, a birthday brunch. Remember – brunch is versatile!
- Ox 184 – the one for the hangover
Ox is great for big groups – no matter what time of day as the venue is massive and it’s open all day and night. Brunch on the weekend starts from 11am and although the service could be a bit speedier, a full breakfast, cooked grill style, is just what you might need after a night on the Cowgate! I recommend: the full breakfast.
- Café Marlayne – the one for home style cooking
Want a good breakfast but don’t want the washing up? Café Marlayne can accommodate for large groups at the rear of the café. Friendly staff and home style cooking makes this a good choice for those times when you just want good old fashioned food without any of the pomp. I recommend: their creamy scrambled eggs.
- The Huxley – the one for when you have guests
The Huxley is conveniently located at the end of Princes Street below the Rutland Hotel. It’s known for its coo (cow) outside which is a popular photo spot. Plush surroundings and good food equal a very happy brunch spot. I recommend: the small but perfectly formed full brekkie.
- Spoon – the one for a secret hideaway
Whoops! I’ve given you one of Edinburgh’s worst kept secrets. Spoon is on South Clerk Street and looks completely unassuming from the outside as it’s above the main parade of shops. Decked out in retro fittings and crockery that would look at home in your nan’s good front room, it’s the coolest brunch spot in town. And the food is just as good as the décor. I recommend: eggs benedict.
- Checkpoint – the one for the food
This is one of my favourite brunch spots – whether you’re in a big group or not. Fast service and tasty, imaginative food that offers up so much more than just the usual brunch options. It’s in a great location on Forrest Road so just far enough from Royal Mile to be a popular spot with locals rather than tourists. I recommend: the philfy rolls with a side of halloumi fries.
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