I really love brunch. In fact, I’m determined to find the best brunch spot in the North East and luckily I have Lady from a Tramp to give me a little helping hand. As a fellow serial bruncher she knows the prettiest patches and most hidden of gems to hit up for a good Eggs Benedict.
The most recent one I’ve been introduced to is Bradley Gardens in Wylam, nine miles out of Newcastle. Bradley Gardens is a centruries-old walled garden that has recently been restored and it’s former beauty brought back to life.
The grounds are some of the most Instagrammable around. Vintage teal doors and old brickwork that is just screaming out for a little filter, even more so with it’s festive decor. We were hoping for the snow to have stayed put on our visit for that extra social media appeal; alas, it disappeared…
As well as a nursery, Bradley Gardens has a home store, ladies accessories store and of course, the Glasshouse Café.
The Glasshouse is a bright, airy environment with lovely open views of the gardens. It was a frosty day when we visited but it didn’t feel cold, still rather cosy despite the large windows and garden-style furniture. I imagine it is gorgeous in the summer though, especially with the option to sit outside and bask in the Northumbrian sunshine.
They offer breakfast, lunch – including that of the Sunday variety – and afternoon tea from Tuesday to Sunday. You can just stop by for a coffee and slice of cake if you like, or even a cheeky Bellini…
We arrived on New Year’s Day, on which they had a special brunch menu available, however we just stuck with the standard menu. As usual, I spotted the Eggs Benedict and my eyes did not venture much further.
The classic brunch dish was available with three options; roast ham, buttered spinach or smoked salmon. I chose the smoked salmon selection and ordered a Flat White to accompany it. Although the New Year’s special of a Bloody Mary was definitely tempting…
Our order was taken and the food brought to us reasonably quickly. Everything was lovely – coffee, breakfast and the view. It’s the perfect spot for a catch up with the girls, a relaxed weekend wander or to treat your Mam for being the good little egg she undoubtedly is.
The only slight grumble was after we were served we weren’t bothered again by staff. We weren’t checked on nor were our empty plates cleared, which made asking for the bill rather difficult. I mean, it wasn’t an issue for us to get up and walk to the till but it’s sometimes the little things when it comes to service isn’t it?
In no way would it stop me from returning, especially considering the stores were unfortunately shut when we visited (New Year’s Day!) and I’d love to have a good snoop around in those. If the nursery shop is anything to go by, I’m sure they’ll be full of quirky, unique little numbers. And, as I mentioned before, I bet it’s lush to spend a Sunday morning wandering round Bradley Gardens in the summer, finishing up with an al fresco bite at the Glasshouse Café.
Where’s your favourite brunch spot? Think it could make my top ten? My numero uno so far is Flat White in Durham, which you can have a little read up on here.
Drop me some suggestions on where I should visit next in the comments!
Lots of love, LB x