Everybody loves brunch but sometimes the big chain restaurants are overpacked and overpriced when you’re just trying to have a nice spot of breakfast.
Berkshire boasts beautiful scenery and was even voted the 6th best place to live in the UK in 2015 by the UK Quality of Life Index so its no wonder that there are plenty of places where you can have brunch with a view.
All of these brunch spots are situated in either a quaint town or a nearby lake or river where you can take in the wonderful views of Berkshire.
To avoid disappointment, please check with the individual business that they are open and serving breakfast and brunch before travelling. You may even need to book for some.
Bel & The Dragon Reading
Bel & The Dragon is a country-style inn and former biscuit factory situated in the centre of Reading and looking out onto the River Kennet.
It offers hot breakfast items such as smoked salmon and poached eggs as well as breakfast bowls of porridge and fruit.
Whittingtons Tea Barge – Reading
Whittingtons’ Tea Barge was built in 2012 and offers breakfast as well as lunch and afternoon tea.
The barge sits on the River Thames near Reading Bridge and can be hired out for weddings, anniversaries and other occasions.
Its breakfast items include scrambled eggs, full English and veggie full English, sausage or bacon sandwich and omelettes.
The barge is open on Fridays from 11am to 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.
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Eliane of Hungerford – Hungerford
Eliane of Hungerford is a cafe that sits in the heart of Hungerford town centre, surrounded by antique shops and cobbled stones.
The cafe is a perfect place to have weekend brunch, whilst taking in the views of the historic market town.
For brunch, Eliane of Hungerford serves multiple cuisines. As well as offering the typically British option of a full English, there are items including smoothie bowls, shakshuka and akuri.
The cafe has an extensive menu of ‘brunch drinks’ which includes unusual items such as ashwagandha lattes and bone broth as well as typical drink items such as smoothies, juices, coffees and teas.
There are options for people with food allergies as well and the Eliane website says: “We wanted to create a café-restaurant that would provide choices for everyone. From people wanting to improve their eating habits easily and deliciously, to vegetarians, vegans, raw foodists, and all food allergy sufferers.”
Jackson’s California Country Park – Finchampstead
This cafe is based in California Country Park in Finchampstead, which overlooks Longmoor Lake, a place popular for fishing.
The cafe serves variations of the traditional English breakfast including ‘Jacksons Stack’ which consists of a pork sausage patty, onion rings, smoked streaky bacon, cheddar, fried egg in a giant English muffin with Hollandaise dipping sauce all for the price of £6.95.
The breakfast menu draws from American inspirations serving pancake stacks with chocolate chips, blueberry compote or smoked streaky bacon for £5.95.
Teashop by the Canal – Newbury
Teashop by the Canal is based right next to the River Kennet, which has lots of ducks and swans swimming up and down the river all day.
The teashop offers options for vegan, vegetarians and coeliacs alike. Breakfast is served until 1 pm and breakfast items include; avocado on toast, sausage sandwiches, toasties, and eggs Benedict.
Cote Brasserie – Windsor
Cote Brasserie in Windsor sits just next to the Eton walkway also known as Skinners Bridge.
The bridge is named after two Eton boys who lost their lives in World War II.
The restaurant looks out onto the River Thames, and on warm sunny days, the large windows are opened to bring in the fresh air.
Cote serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm, offering the option of a champagne brunch which is £17.95 for any breakfast item, juice or hot drink, and glass of champagne.
Other brunch-related items served up include, a full English, eggs Benedict, french toast and Croque madame.
If none of this takes your fancy you can order a light or heavy main such as moules and frites or a 10oz sirloin steak.
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