2013 Awards – Best Breakfast

All-day veggie breakfast at Guildford's Woodbridge Road CafeContinuing the food theme, the next Coffee Spot Awards Shortlist for 2013 is the “Best Breakfast”, another new Award this year. Along with cake, breakfast has a special place in my heart and I always intended to cover breakfast places on the Coffee Spot. The only slight snag is that I rarely get up and out of the house early enough to get to places before they stop serving breakfast!

Largely because of this, it wasn’t until this year that I started the Saturday Spot (part of the Saturday Supplement) specifically so that I could write about Coffee Spots where the coffee wasn’t up to much, but where the breakfasts were to die for! The shortlisted places this year are a mixture of Saturday Spots and Coffee Spots which also do great breakfasts.

You can see the shortlist after the gallery. 

  • The Bristolian, a legend reborn, but still with the legendary breakfasts
  • Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, the place for breakfast in Boston
  • A slice of America in Bristol, @the Well, but with British portion sizes
  • My breakfast of choice, Eggs Florentine, at Newcastle's Quay Ingredient
  • Brown and Green, lovely brunch at Crystal Palace station
  • An interesting take on the veggie all-day breakfast at Brickwood Coffee & Bread
The Bristolian, a legend reborn, but still with the legendary breakfasts1 Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, the place for breakfast in Boston2 A slice of America in Bristol, @the Well, but with British portion sizes3 My breakfast of choice, Eggs Florentine, at Newcastle's Quay Ingredient4 Brown and Green, lovely brunch at Crystal Palace station5 An interesting take on the veggie all-day breakfast at Brickwood Coffee & Bread6
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There are six Coffee Spots on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.

The Bristolian Cafe on Picton Street, offering a warm welcome on a rainy December afternoonThe Bristolian

I’d been going to the Bristolian for years on my frequent visits to Bristol. Back then it was a greasy spoon. Then, one year, it was closed! However, all was not lost as it reopened at the end of 2012, still serving the same legendary breakfasts. The Bristolian’s also in the 2014 Coffee Spot Calendar.

Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe sign hangs proudly over the sidewalk on Columbus AvenueCharlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

The reason I started the Saturday Spot. Don’t go for the coffee, but do go for the amazing breakfasts. It’s my go-to spot for breakfast when in Boston and has been feeding the good folks of Boston’s South End from the same spot for 86 years! Charlie’s is also in the running for the “Where It All Began” Award.

Three delightfully-sized pancakes at @theWell, along with a generous helping of maple syrup.@the Well

This lovely laundrette-cum-cafe on Bristol’s Cheltenham Road ticks so many boxes, but here we are focusing on the breakfasts, classic American pancakes, but served with British portion sizes which means I can eat the lot without feeling guilty!

Eggs Florentine and Toast at Quay IngredientQuay Ingredient

My go to spot for breakfast when in Newcastle, Quay Ingredient is a delightful, family-run spot. It helps that it has my all-time favourite, Eggs Florentine, although the menu is much wider than that. One day I will have to try something else!

Brown & Green at Crystal Palace StationBrown & Green, Crystal Palace Station

The ideal brunch spot (or breakfast spot if you get up early enough!) at Crystal Palace Station. The breakfasts are interesting and innovative, while the setting is lovely, tucked away in the corner of the vaulted station. The cake also looked pretty impressive, but I was stuffed from the breakfast!

 

An interesting take on the veggie full English at Brickwood Coffee and Bread

Brickwood Coffee and Bread

Another one with an interesting take on the veggie full English breakfast, Brickwood Coffee and Bread is also a Coffee Spot in its own right as well as having a gorgeous setting. As the name would expect, it’s all brick and wood 🙂

Special mentions should also be made of the Boston Tea Party, Worcester (or frankly any Boston Tea Party, which has a great all-day breakfast menu), Café de Flore, still my go-to spot for breakfast in Paris, Toi Moi & Café, a great diner in Montréal, the Berkeley Perk Café and South End Buttery, both in Boston, both close enough to my hotel to be regular breakfast spots, Bristol’s Hart’s Bakery, where the pastries make an excellent start to the day and finally, my almost local, Café Mila.

And the winner is The Bristolian
Runners-up: Charlie’s Sandwich ShoppeQuay Ingredient

You can find all 20 of the 2013 Coffee Spot Awards here.


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