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The best places for breakfast and brunch in Cheltenham

PUBLISHED: 19:47 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 19:47 10 October 2018

Breakfast. Picture credit Chris Ralston / Unsplash

Breakfast. Picture credit Chris Ralston / Unsplash

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Breakfast and brunching is the new ‘lunching’ and we know just the places to go in Cheltenham for the most important meal of the day. In no particular order, here’s our pick of the best cafes, coffee shops and restaurants in Cheltenham serving brunch and breakfast

Black Gold, High Street

Breakfast at Black Gold is a truly laid back affair. Take your pick from an assortment of toasties, paninis, homemade cakes and pastries and a large menu of hot drinks and smoothies. There’s plenty of comfy leather armchairs and sofas to snuggle up in and your coffee and breakfast is brought over to you when it’s ready (there’s no waiting around at the counter here). The glass shop-front is perfect for idly watching the world go by (and there’s often a great soundtrack playing in the background too).

Good for: coffee, pastries, cakes, paninis

The Sober Parrot, St James Square

The Sober Parrot is run with the ethos that life doesn’t have to revolve around alcohol. It is set up and run for The Nelson’s Trust, a charity dedicated to people recovering from alcohol addiction, so you can enjoy breakfast knowing you’re doing your part for a great charity.

The All Day Brunch menu includes of a selection of yummy breakfast toppings ‘On Toast’, alongside two choices of baked eggs and plenty of veggie options. The Sober Parrot serves great coffee and mocktails too. The ‘Pomegranate and Raspberry Fizz’ sounds delicious.

Good for: coffee, brunch, vegetarians, vegans, foodies

The Find, Regent Street

The Find may serve lunch and dinner but the real star of the show here is the breakfast. It runs all day until 3pm (4pm on Saturdays), so you can treat yourself to a lie in without missing the most important meal of the day.

From cooked breakfasts with all of the best bits, to Shakshuka eggs and a healthy portion of granola – there’s plenty on the menu to suit all diets and appetites. And its central location makes The Find a top spot for filling up on food before hitting the high street.

Good for: central location, coffee, cooked breakfasts, cakes, pastries

Baker & Graze, The Suffolks

Baker and Graze opened its doors in 2016 and quickly established a name for itself on the Cheltenham foodie scene. Inside you can expect exposed brick walls, solid wooden floors and metro-tiled walls whilst the small courtyard is a brilliant suntrap to enjoy breakfast.

All baked goods are freshly made in the café (you can even see into the kitchen), so brunchers can expect hot off the press sourdough bread and light, fluffy pastries to start the day. The doughnuts and coffee are not to be missed.

Good for: bread, cakes, pastries, al fresco dining, foodies, cooked breakfasts

School House Cafe, St Paul’s

Housed in the lobby area of the old St Paul’s School (hence its moniker), this Cheltenham cafe is a ‘community first’ environment designed to bring locals and students alike together over hot coffee and good food.

Whether you’re hankering after a heart Full English, a loaded bagel or something a little lighter there’s plenty on the menu to sate the morning appetite. Take advantage of the bacon or sausage roll and coffee deal for just £3 or indulge in a plate of waffles if you’re feeling extra hungry - the diet can start Monday.

Good for: cooked breakfasts, cheap eats

Curious Cafe, Bath Road

Forget what Nick Knowles has to say about the Curious Cafe. We think the breakfasts here are completely worth the wait and Saturdays are for kicking back with a coffee and a book anyway - what’s the rush?

Located on Bath Road, Curious Cafe is the perfect stop-off point for breakfast before you explore the local shops. Inside there’s quirky interiors with knick knacks on the walls and a gorgeous courtyard garden at the rear for al fresco breakfasts in the summer. On the menu expect to see all of the usual breakfast classics alongside some of the best hot chocolates in Cheltenham.

Good for: cooked breakfasts, hot chocolate, al fresco dining

No.85 Coffee & Kitchen, Fairview

Tucked away just a five minute walk from the competition in central Cheltenham, No.85 is one of Fairview’s best kept secrets. It can be found on Hewlett Road (just a few doors down from Scene It if you fancy a browse beforehand) and it’s a lovely place for a quiet mid-week or weekend breakfast.

The breakfast menu is served all day Tuesday through to Saturday and 9am until 12pm on Sundays. Eggs are cooked to diners liking and there’s gluten free bread served here too. And don’t get us started on the cakes... Also worth noting is the takeaway roasts served on Sunday!

Good for: cooked breakfasts, vegetarians

Vinnie’s Eatery, Crescent Terrace

Vinnie’s is the first plant-based, whole food cafe in Cheltenham and breakfast is served here all day, Wednesday through to Sunday. Choose between a vegetarian or vegan cooked breakfast or the Instagrammable scrambled chickpeas on nutbread - all best served with one of the cafe’s wholesome smoothies or coffees.

Vinnie’s is just a hop, skip and a jump from the bus station so it’s a great find to have breakfast before you head out of town.

Good for: vegetarians, vegans, healthy breakfasts, smoothies, foodies

The Tavern, Royal Well Place

The Tavern is best known for its delicious, locally-sourced fare served among rustic, laidback interiors and this summer it launched its brand new brunch menu. Served 10am - 4pm, dishes include smashed avocado on sourdough toast, granola pots with blueberry compote, American pancakes and brisket hash. The only downside is that you can only get brunch on Sundays!

Good for: brunch, foodies

Central Cross Cafe, Pittville Park

Once a former ice cream hut, the Central Cross Cafe now serves a lot more than frozen sweet treats. On the menu you’ll find breakfast rolls, homemade cakes and freshly ground coffee ideal for on-the-go whilst walking around the park. There is plenty of outdoor seating around the cafe if you’d rather watch the dog walkers, runners and families walk by as you enjoy breakfast in the park. Best of all, parking is free for four hours!

Good for: takeaway, breakfast sandwiches, al fresco dining

Havanas Coffee, Pittville

Just a short stroll from Pittville Park, Havanas can be found amongst a handful of independent shops on Prestbury Road on the way back into town. Whilst this cafe is most famous in Cheltenham for its amazing coffee, Havanas also does a cracking breakfast too.

Think toasties with loads of cheese, homemade cakes and best of all…the breakfast burrito. Just make sure you arrive on an empty stomach if you want to fit it all in.

Good for: coffee, paninis, pastries

The Green Coffee Machine, Queens Road

From humble beginnings in the GCM Piaggo Ape van on the Promenade, to a prominent position on Queens Road opposite the train station, The Green Coffee Machine serves some of the best freshly ground coffee in town.

Breakfast at the cafe is a simple affair and sometimes that’s just what’s needed on the morning commute. Take your pick from a bacon panini, granola, porridge or toast; ideal for eating on the train when you didn’t get time to make breakfast at home.

Good for: takeaway, coffee, paninis

Kindness & Co, Clarence Street

Kindness & Co is a cafe dedicated to nourishing and natural ingredients designed to make you feel amazing - so where better to start the day? The menu is seasonal and constantly changing to reflect the produce that’s available but the quality of the breakfast here is consistent.

Breakfast and brunch is served through to 3pm. Options include smash avocado on fresh sourdough toast, courgette and spinach fritters, toasted banana bread and smoothie bowls.

Good for: vegetarians, vegans, healthy breakfasts, smoothies, foodies

R Lunch, Bath Road

This coffee shop is close to a few of Cheltenham’s larger offices so it’s a great place to pick up breakfast before the rat race begins at 9am. You can have anything from a Full English in a box to-go, a breakfast burrito or something as simple as a couple of slices of toast to takeaway. The coffee is freshly made and always super hot so it’s still good to drink by the time you get to the office.

The staff here are super friendly and great at remembering your order if you’re a regular so be prepared to queue at peak times as it’s very popular. They do take pre-orders if you don’t want to wait.

Good for: takeaway, coffee, paninis

Bottle of Sauce, Ambrose Street

We were overjoyed to hear brunches were back on the menu at Bottle of Sauce. Luckily we did have the delicious Dodo burger, buffalo bingo wings and woodfired pizzas to console us but we were glad to hear we can enjoy their great food before lunchtime again. There are all your favourite brekkie options from bacon butties, smashed avo on toast and fried breakfasts. We recently tried the Might Veggie and would definitely recommend.

Good for: brunch, foodies, cheap eats

Revival, Winchcombe Street

Revival is King of the Full English in Cheltenham (there are six different versions on the menu) so arrive with an empty belly and a huge appetite. Breakfast is served from 8am until 5.30pm so there’s no need to be the early bird. If you’re feeling brave, tackle the infamous ‘Mega Breakfast’ with two rashers of bacon, two eggs, two house sausages, black pudding, roast tomato, mushrooms, beans and two slices of toast - phew!

Students get 15% off with a valid student card too.

Good for: central location, cooked breakfasts, cheap eats

Brew & Bake, Bath Road

With a prime position at the top of Cheltenham’s bustling Bath Road, Brew & Bake is well worth the ten minute walk from town for brunch. Brunch is served until 12pm and smoked salmon, avocado, Mex eggs, bacon, egg, breakfast ciabatta and sweetcorn fritters are all on the menu.

If you think that menu is good, keep an eye out for the Instagram-worthy cakes and regular supper clubs that take place at the cafe every month.

Good for: coffee, pastries, cakes

Moka, The Suffolks

Nestled in the heart of the trendy Suffolks area in Cheltenham, Moka is a go-to destination for locals on the hunt for fresh coffee and yummy morning pastries. Get there early (the cafe opens at 7.30am) for a coveted seat in the window which overlooks Suffolk Square - a great spot for people watching with a good read.

Good for: coffee, pastries, cakes

Smokey Joes, Bennington Street

Tucked away behind the Brewery, this vintage and retro coffee bar opens up for brunch from 10am onwards (and 11am on a Sunday). Brunch has an American twist with a menu of sweet or savoury waffles and the ‘American Boy’ cooked breakfast. If you fancy something a little closer to home there’s buttered crumpets and bacon or sausage sandwiches too. Either way expect a fun dining experience when dining at Smokey Joes; listen to the jukebox, play retro arcade games and live breakfast time the Route 66 way.

Good for: brunch

Scandinavian Coffee Pod, Royal Well Place

This tiny café stays true to its Scandinavian ethos of “doing simple, well”. Great coffee is sourced from around the world with breakfast bites made by local producers to accompany. Staff are friendly and the interiors epitomise ‘hygge’ with simple, light wood furniture, art from local artists is displayed on the walls and fresh flowers accent the tables. The Scandinavian Coffee Pod is a favourite for a pre-work coffee (get your 10th cup for free with a loyalty card) or a leisurely Saturday morning breakfast of delectable pastries. We can highly recommend the cherry and custard Danish!

Good for: coffee, pastries, cakes

Madison’s, Queens Road

This find is a little out of the way but well worth the trip once you’re there. It’s a ten minute walk out of town and just around the corner from the train station - so a good spot for breakfast and a newspaper if your train is delayed. Specialities include the Full English, sausage and bacon baps, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and buttermilk pancakes. And there are eight different types of tea to choose from too.

Good for: pastries, cakes, cooked breakfasts

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