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Where to brunch in Wiltshire

Brunch is a sociable kinda meal, and perfect for catching up with those pals you haven't been able to see for a while. Whether it's in a farm cafe or a swanky restaurant, make it long and lazy.

The Cricklade Club

This North Wiltshire fave, see Muddy review, goes strong on brunch. You have the classics: berries & compote, scrambles on sourdough – all done with top, often local, ingredients, and then you have the unexpected, hello spiced cauliflower taco with slaw, halloumi and sriracha mayo. There’s a laid-back Californian vibe meet English eccentric that is just so well suited to the most leisurely meal of the week.

Bird and Carter, Fonthill

Between Salisbury and Warminster, and near several NT properties, Bird and Carter also have a B&B and farmshop (in Wilton). Freshly baked pastries, nutrijuices, Full English, whatever you chose you’ll be in good hands. There is some lovely tented seating outside. Last orders 11.45am

The Weaving Shed, Bradford-on-Avon

This place is made for brunch, with a vast terrace overlooking the Avon (with marquee right now), and a large airy interior. A distinctive menu, which is all great (and I think I have actually tried pretty much all of it…). Favourites include chorizo & potato hash, American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (surely one of the best dishes ever invented?) and poached eggs with Hollandaise & asparagus. As good for a hungover read of the papers as for a proper celebration. Served til 12.

Boston Tea Party, Salisbury

A mini West-Country chain, with some admirable eco-credentials, the BTP is a relaxed affair. A long menu so good for the old school bacon classics right through to the vegetarian & vegan (and the later has lots of options). Come for a full English, miso greens with eggs, overnight Bircher oats, American pancakes or scrambled tofu. Perfect for slackers – it’s served all day.

Hartley Farm, Winsley

You’ll love the cafe’s new home in a vast barn, which is somehow very cosy. Alongside some splendid classics they serve a breakfast burrito, oat milk pancakes and huevos rancheros. Very child friendly, with Little Farmer portions, a play area and animals to visit. Served til 11.30am. And there is so much more than brunch.

Castle Farm, Midford

Pravin Nayer’s Asian /Scandinavian heritage really informs the flavours at this restaurant in a barn. Coconut curry with roti or chapati breakfast wraps are recommended, but the usuals are good too: yogurt with compote, full English – with some ingredients coming from their own garden. The setting just south of Bath is rural, rustic and totally charming.

The Methuen Arms, Corsham

This handsome old coaching inn in the heart of town has a stylish interior and a funky courtyard garden. Brunch on the usual suspects made with quality ingredients, or branch out with Shaksuka – baked eggs with spicy tomatoes, harissa, feta, yoghurt. Your dog’s welcome here too.

Mess Restaurant, Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury

Always known for it’s delicious brunches, served with a side of very classy art, the Mess will be re-opening on 22nd May and I suspect there will have been some changes. Word is there will be live music and events. I can’t wait to see – if you get there before me, do let me know!

Côte, Salisbury

If you want your brunch fancy and slightly French, this is the place for you. Champagne brunch, French toast, croque monsieurs or pastries. Would be a great spot for that long-awaited meet-up. Served weekends and bank holidays 10am-2pm.

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