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Kent’s Best Spots for Brunch

Brunch – literally the meal between breakfast and lunch, usually eaten instead of either – was started in England in the late 1800s. At this time it was more of a buffet-style meal, served in large houses to keep those who had risen too late for breakfast fed and happy. The Americans took up the idea in the 1930s after it began to fall out of favour in the UK, and it soon took hold, becoming a regular mealtime. Over the past decade or so, the Brits have fallen back in love with brunch, and it has become part of the British way of life. This is a good thing; brunch is the perfect excuse to enjoy something delicious.

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The Vine, Sevenoaks

This friendly, relaxed restaurant that overlooks the famous Vine Cricket Ground in Sevenoaks is all about refined, exquisite food.

Top three brunch dishes:

Smashed avocado on toast with chilli and soft poached egg

Croque Madame with fried duck’s egg

Eggs Arlington

www.vinerestaurant.co.uk

 

The Swan, West Malling

The Swan combines a sophisticated cocktail bar with a beautifully designed restaurant, a lounge bar and three private dining rooms, all serving gorgeous food.

Top three brunch dishes:

Eggs Benedict

Severn and Wye smoked salmon on sourdough with scrambled eggs

Salt beef hash with grilled mushrooms and a fried egg

www.theswanwestmalling.co.uk

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Graze Kitchen & Bar, Tonbridge

Live music, fancy cocktails, a varied menu, and all right next to a castle with a view out across the Medway… Graze Kitchen is a lovely place to spend some time.

Top three brunch dishes:

Roasted vine tomatoes on sourdough

Toasted Belgian waffle with maple syrup, fruit compote or Nutella

Eggs royale

www.graze-kitchen.com

 

Googies, Folkestone

Homemade food with handpicked ingredients from local, quality producers make eating at Googies a memorable (mouth-watering) experience.

Top three brunch dishes:

Smoked mackerel on sourdough with a side of avocado, spinach and grilled vine tomatoes

Eggs Benedict

American grand slam (three American style pancakes with sausage, bacon, egg and a side of maple syrup)

www.googies.co.uk

 

Oscar & Bentleys, Canterbury

Oscar and Bentleys specialises in producing exquisite dishes made with special dietary requirements – such as those with gluten or dairy intolerances – in mind.

Top three brunch dishes:

Bacon hash (sautéed potato, dry cure streaky bacon, onion and free range eggs)

Welsh rarebit with crispy bacon and spring onion

Smoked salmon and eggs

www.oscar-bentleys.co.uk

 

Bojangles Coffee House, Dunton Green

A small but perfectly formed independent coffee shop in the village on Dunton Green that offers homemade food and is the perfect place for a brunch-time treat.

Top three brunch dishes:

Sausage, bacon and mushroom baguette

Mozarella, pesto and tomato panini

Chicken Caesar salad wrap

www.bojanglescoffeehouse.com

 

Samphire, Whitstable

Open for brunch (and breakfast and dinner) seven days a week, Samphire is a bistro that offers a showcase of Kentish ingredients.

Top three brunch dishes:

Eggs Forrester

Lambs fry and bacon with field mushrooms

Smoked haddock with poached egg, spinach and toast

www.samphirewhitstable.co.uk

 

Saltwood On The Green, Hythe

Saltwood is a picturesque village near Hythe, and Saltwood On The Green is its centrepiece, offering superb food and drink throughout the day.

Top three brunch dishes:

Huevos rancheros with black beans, avocado and charred tomato

Frittata with roasted onion, goat’s curd, potato and avocado

Poached egg with duck hash and mustard aioli

www.saltwoodrestaurant.co.uk

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The Grasshopper on the Green, Westerham

Situated directly on the green in the centre of beautiful Westerham, The Grasshopper on the Green is a focal point for the village, serving excellent food made with care and attention.

Top three brunch dishes:

Floured herring roes on garlic toast with a salad garnish

Home breaded brie slices with cranberry sauce

Baked flat cap mushroom with spinach and homemade pesto, topped with grilled stilton

www.grasshopperonthegreen.co.uk

 

Royal Harbour Brasserie, Ramsgate

Using only the freshest of Kentish produce to create high-quality, wonderful food, the Royal Harbour Brasserie enjoys an unparalleled position with beautiful views.

Top three brunch dishes:

Swedish hash with chorizo, sausage, bacon, onions and Worcester sauce topped with egg

Smoked salmon with scrambled egg on granary toast

Smoked Brogdale bacon or sausage sandwich

www.royalharbourbrasserie.co.uk

 

Brunch… Dover

As the name suggests, this independent restaurant is all about providing superb brunches using seasonal ingredients.

Top three brunch dishes:

Brie and bacon toasted sandwich

Veggie breakfast (veggies sausages, baked beans, mushrooms, hash browns and grilled tomatoes)

Ready breakfast (bacon, egg, hash brown, baked beans or grilled tomatoes)

www.brunchdover.co.uk

 

Tom At Twenty-One, Minster-on-Sea

Tom himself cooks everything here, and all he wants is to make people happy and feed them good food; he succeeds, and then some.

Top three brunch dishes:

English hash (fried potatoes and soft onions with spiced beans, bacon, sausage, cheese and a fried egg)

Bubble and black (a stack of bubble and squeak, bacon, award-winning black pudding and spinach topped with a poached egg)

French toast rolled in cinnamon sugar with fruit and crème fraiche

www.tomtwentyone.com

 

The Hop and Huffkin, Sandwich

The Hop and Huffkin is relaxed and informal, serving contemporary food in a gorgeous setting.

Top three brunch dishes:

Kippers with flat mushrooms, poached egged, granary toast and hollandaise sauce

Eggs Benedict

Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs

www.hopandhuffkin.co.uk

 

The Black Dog, Tunbridge Wells

The Black Dog is a little slice of Australia in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, and it is here that you can sample some truly original cooking.

Top three brunch dishes:

New potato, kale and wild mushroom hash with avocado and harissa dressing

Breakfast stack (bacon, avocado, roasted tomato, baby spinach with feta)

Smashed avocado with pancetta, a poached egg and rocket on sourdough toast

www.blackdogcafetw.co.uk

 

Popup Café, Deal

The Popup Café is all about providing the best quality dishes, offering speciality coffees, freshly baked bread, and locally sourced ingredients.

Top three brunch dishes:

Bacon, avocado and eggs on toast (served with sriracha (chilli and garlic sauce))

Chorizo, avocado, harissa and eggs on toast

Bacon and avocado sandwich

www.popupcafe.co.uk

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