Perfect for late risers and those who can’t stomach an early breakfast, Brunch is the name given to a meal that is eaten later than lunch but earlier than breakfast. It is by no means a new concept but it is certainly seeing a significant increase in popularity right now, leading eateries across the UK to extend their breakfast times or create new menus.
Boozy brunches are particularly popular and there are plenty of places offering “Bottomless Brunch” deals which include a meal and as much drink as you can consume within a specified timeframe. Downing gallons of Prosecco at 8 am isn’t considered healthy but when the little hand reaches 11, it’s perfectly acceptable and we highly recommend it.
The North Yorkshire city of Ripon has much to offer visitors. One of England’s oldest cities, it boasts a pretty cathedral, an ancient Hornblower, a bustling marketplace, numerous historic buildings and an excellent array of superb independent eateries. If you’re planning on visiting this popular Yorkshire city anytime soon, you’ll more than likely be planning on eating at one of their restaurants, cafes or pubs. Brunch is the perfect dining option for tourists as travelling may mean you will arrive a little too late for breakfast and a tad too early for lunch. We’ve put together a short guide to some of the best brunches in Ripon so be sure to have a read through before your visit!
4 of the best places to get Brunch in Ripon
86 North Street, Ripon HG4 1DP
Oliver’s Pantry is a charming little coffee bar on Ripon’s North Street. Open since 2012, they have a great reputation locally. Alongside great fresh coffee, they serve a delightful range of sweet treats, savoury bites and super tasty hot dishes. Enjoy brunch in their cosy dining room or, if the weather permits, eat outside in their garden area.
Their breakfast and brunch menu is available all day and includes Full English Breakfasts (vegetarian option available), Smashed Avocado on Ciabatta, Eggs Benedict and a hearty Chorizo Hash topped with a fried egg. Prices at Oliver’s Pantry are between £2.45 (for porridge) and £8.95 (The Big Olly’s Breakfast). They source much of their produce locally and Ripon Sausages are the highlight of their traditional cooked breakfasts. All in all, it’s a warm and welcoming independent eatery serving great home-cooked grub!
The Royal Oak
38 Kirkgate, Ripon HG4 1PB
Set in a beautifully renovated 18th Century coaching inn, The Royal Oak in the centre of Ripon offers cask ales, home-cooked food and accommodation. Popular with both locals and visitors, the family-friendly inn serves breakfast and brunch until 11:30 am.
Their no-fuss dining menus are very much based on the excellent quality produce they source from around Yorkshire. Available Monday to Sunday, their Breakfast and Brunch menu features everything from a traditional cooked breakfast to freshly made waffles topped with crispy bacon and drizzled in maple syrup. The prices are pretty reasonable with their “Full Yorkshire” costing just £7.95 and there are plenty of great dishes to choose from.
23-35 Kirkgate, Ripon HG4 1PB
Bambudda is a modern restaurant serving Asian street food style cuisine. Their extensive menu includes dishes from China, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan. Each and every option on their menu is lovingly prepared using produce sourced both locally and direct from the Orient. In addition to their authentic Asian cuisine, they also serve a fabulous range of cocktails. It’s the perfect place for a boozy brunch with friends.
On Sundays, they offer a “Bottomless Brunch” deal which includes any dish from their small plate or express menu plus unlimited Prosecco or draught beer. Available between 12 pm and 5 pm and priced at £20pp, menu options include Thai Beef Red Curry and Sweet and Sour Chicken. For an extra £5, you can wash it down with cocktails rather than beer or Prosecco! Book your two-hour slot via their website.
North Street, Ripon HG1 1DP
Another slightly different brunch in Ripon is available from the Anglo Indian tea room and bistro, Realitea. Open during the day between 11 am and 4 pm for brunch and lunch, their food is fresh and full of flavour.
Realitea always has some truly tempting sweet treats to choose from and their range of teas is superb. It isn’t surprising that their Afternoon Tea gets excellent reviews. However, for a traditional Indian brunch experience, we recommend opting for one of their curries. Served with flatbread, yoghurt and salad, they are priced from just £7. Enjoy in their contemporary tea room or head out into their garden for brunch in the sun.
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