Here at Love Local Collective, we love any excuse to go for brunch! That hazy, magical time between breakfast and lunch is the ideal opportunity to spend an hour or two indulging, people-watching, reading, catching up with friends. The art of relaxation accompanies brunch so very well, washed down with a quirky herbal tea, vanilla latte, or Bloody Mary.
We seek cool, unique, fresh independent establishments to explore and enjoy brunch wherever we go. Don't get us wrong, we've ventured into and enjoyed our fair share of Chain-made brunches but, given the choice, we much prefer to spend our time and money in a local independent gem.
Here is a carefully selected, tried-and-tested list of five eateries that'll satisfy your brunch cravings in Plymouth.
So, in no particular order...
1. JACKA BAKERY
Aside from being the oldest working commercial bakery in the UK, Jacka is a real-life treasure trove; the treasure being freshly made bread, creamy coffee and a carefully curated selection of brunches, lunches and pastries.
The bakery is family run, specialising in sourdough, speciality coffee and seasonal, fresh food. Think fluffy, made-that-morning croissants; hearty PB, banana, honey on toast; and fig jam and brie sandwiches. Fancy a classic? Try the Croque Monsieur or local jam on Jacka's signature sourdough toast.
An emporium of sustainability, community and purpose that's set against the mouthwatering back drop of freshly-baked bread (is there anything better!?), Jacka has all the gear and plenty of idea. On weekends, booking is recommended.
2. PRIME CAFE
As you step through the door, you are guaranteed to be met by friendly faces at this independent cafe. Right in the heart of Plymouth City Centre, Prime offers locally sourced coffee, bread, cakes and bakes (mostly vegan!).
A popular space for students, families and individuals alike, Prime is well known for it's vibrant brunches and delicious coffee. The large windows allow plenty of light into the space and, with an extensive book shelf and cosy seating, Prime is perfect for those lazy mornings.
Adding their own 'Prime flare' to each dish, the Brunch menu itself is full of variety; think avocado on toast, dippy eggs, warm porridge, mushrooms on toast. Fancy a lighter bite? Freshly baked croissants and good old toast-with-all-the-toppings should see you through.
Come summer, enjoy an iced coffee and a hearty brekkie on their outdoor terrace whilst watching the world pass by.
3. HUTONG CAFE
Nestled next to the gates of Royal William Yard, Hutong Cafe is a 'not so well kept secret'... and for good reason!
Both cosy and modern, Hutong makes arguably one of the best cups of coffee in Plymouth, offering milky lattes, bold espressos and oat milk cappuccinos. Featuring a different roast every month, Hutong certainly know how to do coffee.
The eatery also boasts a winner of a brunch menu. Whether you need to get some work done, enjoy some peace or just catch up with some friends, Hutong have you covered!
Their new Spring Menu features seasonal, local and vibrant food; the Spring Greens Brunch is the perfect plate for those of you who want a dish chock-full of greens and the Nduja Brunch is sure to give you a bit of a 'kick' in the morning.
4. ROCK SALT CAFE & BRASSERIE
If your ideal brunch includes sausage, bacon and black pudding then look no further than “the rock salt” breakfast. Fancy something a little lighter? The menu caters for all. Why not try smoked salmon and scrambled egg on toast, the creamy mushrooms, or pancakes with all of the toppings!?
Serving good, honest food, Rock Salt is a hidden gem tucked behind Union Street, neighbouring The Lord High Admiral. With 2 #AARosettes it is no surprise that it's a popular go-to for all breakfast and brunch lovers; especially with an all-day brekkie menu.
5. THE DOCK
The Dock is open for breakfast every day from 9.00am until 11.30am. Set in King Point Marina, the restaurant enjoys beautiful coastal views, and boasts a light, open and friendly space. In the warmer weather, the alfresco balcony bustles with families, friends and individuals alike.
Offering lighter bites and bigger breakfasts, the menu includes dishes such as homemade pancakes, muesli, omelettes, a full English and vegan brekkie.
Indulge in a fresh smoothie and a Double Macchiato, or a herbal tea with a large glass of OJ. Fancy a bloody Mary? The Dock offers Boozy Breakfast options!