Is it even the weekend if you don't brunch these days? Be it the full works, a pile of pancakes or a breakfast buttie, we've picked out the best brunch spots in the North East.

Brunch is bigger than ever. Let the waft of waffles or the kick of coffee wake up the weekend. There’s nothing we love more than ditching the workwear, putting our weekend head on, meeting up with friends mid-morning and feasting on our favourite breakfast(ish) dishes. Because when else is it acceptable to have chips for breakfast? We say goodbye to foodie etiquette when it comes to brunching – anything goes – and if it tastes good, it’s on the menu. Let us guide you on a luxe tour of the best brunch spots in the North East…

Quay Ingredient, Quayside

It might be “a small coffee house underneath a big bridge” – but this one certainly doesn’t go a miss. Tucked under the tyne bridge on Newcastle’s Quayside, Quay Ingredient is all about homemade loveliness and celebrating the good (and tasty) things in life. The ‘quay’ ingredient to a great weekend is kicking it off in a feel-good, foodie fashion.


Butterfly Cabinet, Heaton

Whatever it is you want from a weekend breaky – you’ll find it here. Taking its inspiration from New York-style diners, the menu features pancakes, waffles and muffins galore, as well as full English breakfast – and many a combination of that! It’s cool, it’s eccentric and it’s brilliantly charming – right from the decor to the service. You might have to queue for this one, but it’s worth every minute!


Arlo Bistro & Cafe, Jesmond

This is an alpine-chic, foodie haven serving locally sourced, home-cooked dishes to the people of Jesmond. It’s the perfect spot to pop off for mid-morning coffee and cake. It also serves a range of both naughty and nice breakfast dishes. It’s cute, cosy and a real home from home when it comes to whiling away a Saturday afternoon.


Howards, Stokeskley

At the heart of Stokesley’s College Square sits Howards. Serving breakfast through to evening meals and lunchtime options, it’s the perfect weekend stop-off while browsing this quaint, country market town. Coffee in hand and a hearty breakfast on order, it’s a great spot for sitting outside on a sunny afternoon.


The Naked Deli, Gosforth

A breakfast boasting all the good stuff. The Naked Deli is a healthy deli serving everything our bodies need to feel good. If you want to kickstart the weekend in the healthiest way possible, this one’s for you – and it’s bloomin’ tasty too!


Mint Hobo, Yarm

Straight up good breaky. Mint Hobo is a contemporary coffee house sitting on Yarm high street. Cultured coffee people will understand how great this place is. And if you want a bite to eat while you’re in weekend mode, you’ll find delicious bakes, toast, teacakes, boiled eggs and soldiers and a selection of paninis, toasties and wraps.


Lincoln’s Cafe, Stokesley

Lincoln’s Cafe is an inviting, cosy space where you can while away the weekend in true luxe style. It celebrates the good things in life; good food, good coffee and great vibes. The cafe’s inspiration comes from owner, Zak’s American heritage, and President Lincoln’s silouhette adorns the signage and walls of the building. But the real man behind the brand is Zak’s three-year-old son, Lincoln. It’s a lovely, family run cafe perfect for taking some time out to enjoy a bit of weekend brunch.


Quilliam Brothers, Newcastle

Providing the North East’s finest loose leaf tea to the people of Newcastle. Quilliam Brothers is a quirky teahouse serving breakfast, lunch and delicious baked goods alongside its celebrated selection of over 60 teas. It’s a creative space where cafe life meets culture, tea and a cracking breakfast!


Filmore & Union, Harrogate

This place is the epitome of weekend. Cool, chilled out and contemporary. From the blankets thrown over the back of the chairs, to the combination of healthy and hearty dishes, you’re bound to leave feeling fresh and full of weekend love. You’ll find gluten free snacks, organic coffee, fresh juice, protein porridge and poached eggs cooked to perfection. What’s more? It’s dog friendly, so there’s no need to leave your pooch at home while you brunch.


Canteen & Cocktails, Norton

From straight up bacon baps, to classic beans on toast and a feast of omelettes, Canteen & Cocktails has your weekend brunch covered. A cool venue where good company meets good food. This chic, Norton canteen-cum-cocktail bar is a great space for parties and private hire – so why not host a brilliant brunchy bash.


Brasserie Hudson Quay, Middlesbrough

Serving traditional breakfasts and a range of delicious sandwiches, the Brasserie is Middlesbrough’s swankiest venue serving brunch by the river. The vibe is European city-chic, providing a unique experience for Teesside brunch-goers. Why not make breakfast a special occasion and book a table at the Brasserie!


Robineau Patisserie, Darlington

Robineau Patisserie serves up a good mix of English breakfast classics and french-inspired dishes. The menu boasts freshly baked bread, bakes, breakfast combos and croissants. But it’s the French toast that is a must-try here – made from the patisserie’s fresh brioche and served with a warm berry compote.


Coast Kitchen & Bar, Tynemouth

A cosy, neighbourhood hangout by the coast. See the weekend in with a seasonal, nutritious breakfast at Coast Kitchen & Bar, Tynemouth. With classic breakfast options, picture-perfect platters for sharing, hearty mains and seasonal salads – there’s something for every appetite. Round up the troops and treat yourself to a delicious weekend brunch in Tynemouth. This one’s a firm favourite among the healthy folk.


The Good Apple Cafe, Sunderland

The Good Apple Cafe is a lovely, inde­pen­dent cof­fee shop and veg­gie café in Sunderland. Celebrating all that’s great about home-cooked vegetarian food, you’re bound to find something different here – and it’s bound to be delicious. You’ll find tea, coffee, home­made cakes and tray ­bakes – all vegan with gluten free options too.


Leonard’s Coffee House, Durham

A hidden gem tucked away beside the River Wear – this one’s for the coffee-lovers! It’s an artistic and creative space, set over two floors with a lovely outside seating area for guests to enjoy the Saturday sunshine. The perfect spot to see the weekend in with a cup of coffee and a cake.


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