About Brunch

What is Brunch?

Brunch is a meal traditionally taken between breakfast and lunch time, although many venues serve until mid-afternoon. It is a "portmanteau" word (i.e. combining two or more words) taken from the words breakfast and lunch.

Brunch is served either 'a la carte', where you order individual items from a menu, or buffet style (often refered to as 'bottomless brunch'), where you serve yourself to as many items as you like.

Beverages range from coffee, tea and fresh juices through to alcoholic cocktails (the Bloody Mary is a popular 'hair of the dog…' drink), Champagne or Prosecco.

History of Brunch

Brunch originated in England in the late 19th Century, served buffet style, and became popular in the United States in the 1930s.

In an 1895 article for Hunters Weekly called "Brunch: A Plea", Guy Beringer wrote "Instead of England's early Sunday dinner, a post-church ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday night carousers."

Typical Brunch Menu

The brunch menu usually consists of a variety of savoury and sweet dishes served with coffee, tea, juices with cocktails or Champagne as an optional extra.

As well as cereals, breads, yogurts and fresh fruit, classic savoury Brunch dishes include Eggs Benedict, Steak & Eggs and waffles. Brunch buffets offer an array of pastries and deserts in addition to freshly prepared savoury dishes.