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A Buttermilk & Maple Brunch

Just like every good millennial, I love a good brunch. It’s probably the reason why I can’t afford to buy a house despite being in my late 20s; I’ve spent too much of my time frivolously wasting money on smashed avocado rather than saving for a deposit.

I digress. A couple of weekends ago, just as the autumn sunshine was being all beautiful (and not blustery AT ALL), I wandered down to Buttermilk & Maple by myself to sample their brunch offering.

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You might remember me harping on about Buttermilk & Maple in this post about their negronis. While they are indeed top notch, it’s the brunch from these guys I hear so much about. I was eager to get my mitts on it so I could pass judgement for myself.

Buttermilk & Maple opens at 7am everyday. EVERY SINGLE DAY, even on Sundays. I thought that getting there at 10am would mean I’d be nicely settled with the mid Sunday morning crowd. I pictured a relaxed breakkie in an empty restaurant away from all the people. Heaven.

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It was mayhem, I tell ya! Let’s not forget that Buttermilk & Maple is attached to the Mercure hotel and slap bang in the centre, but I soon found a nice quiet little spot outside and settled down with my cuppa and weekend paper.

It was so bloody lovely to be sitting in the warm rays of the autumn sunshine peeking through the canopy of a nearby tree, sipping a pot of tea and watching people whizz by on bikes. Close your eyes and you’re on a cobbled street in Paris, until a very Bristolian cabbie turns up to pick someone up from the hotel.

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I decided to try the pastrami eggs benedict, cos a) I am well and truly back on the meat wagon at the moment, and b) it sounds amazingly interesting. Jalapeno hollandaise? Sign me UP!

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Every element of it was wonderful – massive slices of thick pastrami, perfectly poached eggs, thick and plentiful hollandaise with a sprinkling of nicely spicy jalapenos. The only thing which let it down slightly is that it seemed to go cold very quickly, but then again I was sitting outdoors.

Guess what? If you’d like to sample their brunch offering for yourself, those lovely folks have offered my readers a whopping 50% off brunch! Simply pop along in the week (Mon-Fri) and shout the word ‘Doughballs’ at the waiter. They should know what you’re on about.

Take a peek at the menu here. Happy brunching, folks.

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Bristol’s Best Bits: Bakers & Co., Gloucester Road

You GUYS. I think I just found the best brunch in Bristol.

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On Saturday morning the boy and I were up bright and early, and found ourselves with bellies rumbling with nowt to eat in the house. It being a weekend and all, my breakfast mode was firmly switched to eggs (as it always is), and I had a hankering for eggs of the fried variety.

Tom had recently regaled tales of a magical place on Gloucester Road called Bakers and Co., who serve up some stunning breakfast creations, so off we popped to where we do not normally venture… the other side of the river.

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Bakers and Co is a cheery looking little place with a bright yellow canopy that you can’t miss – it’s opposite the Bristol Flyer, about halfway up Gloucester Road. I love coming up this end of town from time to time; we lived up this neck of the woods as students, and it always brings it all back.

Despite it only being just after 10 (told you we were up early 😉 ) the place looked like it was filling up pretty quickly, so we got a wriggle on and made our way inside.

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Inside, it’s bright and airy, with chairs and tables carefully placed for a casual meet up with friends. Ya know, when you’re all tuckered out from charity shopping on Glos Rd you can put your feet up for an artisan coffee. We took a spot in the ‘couples corridor’ (this isn’t it’s proper name, but it’s made up of tables for two, so I’ll be referring to it as this from now on), and began to peruse the menu.

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We took absolutely ages to decide what to eat. For me, despite my hankering for eggs, it was a difficult choice between that, their homemade coconut and white chocolate granola or avocado on toast. In the end I gave in to my egg temptation and went for the huevos rancheros, because I cannot resist owt Mexican, with a dirty chai latte (that would be a chai latte with a shot of coffee) on the side.

Tom went for ‘custard toast’ with crispy bacon, soft cheese, almonds and maple syrup, with freshly squeezed orange juice. We do know how to brunch, after all.

It was incredible. My plate of eggs was massive – a bed of slow cooked pinto beans with two runny fried eggs on top, with piles of sweet tomato and cool cucumber salsas, and proper rough tortillas on the side. It’s quite hard to convey all the different amazing tastes on one plate.

Tom’s was equally as good – a gooey slab of custard french toast with crispy bacon and a huge blob of cream cheese, decorated with a squiggle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of toasted almonds. There’s nothing quite as delicious as the combination of bacon and maple syrup, and when you add cream cheese to the mix… well. I don’t think I could have eaten the whole plate, mind, after only a couple of forkfuls it was just a little bit too indulgent for me. I reckon it would be a good hangover cure, though. That and one of their heavenly dirty chai creations.

It was so good that I was practically begging Tom to go back the very next day before we ventured off back home, just so I could finally try that coconut granola. Their menu apparently changes every week, and you can influence it by scribbling your ideas on one of their comments cards – yes, they actually read them!

I really don’t think I can stay away for another week, to be honest, so keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram feed for more snaps of delicious brunch adventures.

(All these images are taken by me, except the first one, which I pinched off my good friends at Time Out Bristol – contact for removal)

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Pact Coffee

Sunday morning brunch - Pact coffee and croissant

I do love coffee. For me, there’s nowt better on a Sunday morning than dusting off the Aeropress and making a proper good cup o’ joe. I never really used to drink coffee til I started a proper job, and needed something to rouse me from my post-commute slumber at 8am. Two years and probably a million cups later, I’ve most certainly grown to tell the difference between a right good brew and a cup of brown dishwater masquerading as the good stuff.

I was scrolling through Twitter one day, as you do, when I came across something which really tickled me. Rule number one of social media, make people laugh. Rule number two, include Tom Hiddleston. Follow these rules and you’re on to a winner. Naturally, I hot-footed it over to Pact’s website to take up their excellent offer of £10 towards my first delivery.

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But Lily, what on Earth is a Pact coffee when it’s at home?

Quite simply, it is a coffee subscription service (cue all fellow caffeine addicts to fall off their chair in glee). Pact roast and grind their own beans, then pop them in a little brown jiffy and post them to your home, or office, or secret underground bunker, or wherever you fancy. You need never run out ever again! What I like is you can specify your chosen brewing method, so the coarseness of the ground beans suits whichever receptacle you are going to brew it in. Already suitably impressed with this attention to detail, I popped the kettle on.

This most certainly is not Nescafe. It is downright delicious. The beans are roasted and ground right before they’re popped in the post, so you can be sure that it’s as fresh as it can be.

Pact have a range of beans and brews which change on a weekly basis, and when I subscribed back in October (I know, I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while) I was sent Finca La Montana, a toffee-apple tasting variety, and Finca La Joyeria, which supposedly tastes of poached pear and dark chocolate. I like these handy little tasting notes on each pack, it gives a point of reference if you have a preferred taste in mind. Each variety has tasting notes from the coffee connoisseurs on their website, like fine wines (I know which I’d rather be drinking).

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As well as the coffee in each delivery you also get a little double-sided magazine, which shows you what the Pact people have been up to, plus gives you special deals on t’other side. I’ve fallen in love a little bit with Pact coffee – everything is designed really beautifully, from their packaging to their website, plus they keep you updated as to when you’re special parcel is arriving, and make sure it arrives promptly.

The only thing I struggled with is the frequency of deliveries. Back when I signed up I chose a bi-weekly delivery, and found that I hadn’t got through my last pack by the time the new one arrived. I’m more of a weekend drinker, you see. They offer weekly deliveries too, and can even keep your office supplied with delicious fresh coffee. In the end I had to cancel my subscription until I’d used it all up, but I’m seriously considering signing up again, particularly now you can choose to pause or reschedule deliveries, or bring them forward if it’s been a particularly difficult week.

Drinking proper coffee is one of those little luxuries I think you can afford to do every day – like wearing M&S tights, or treating yo’self to a pain au chocolat every morning for brekkie. Thankfully, Pact coffee are here to help convert the world from instant brown dishwater, one delicious cup at a time.

{FYI – this post isn’t sponsored, I just really like coffee}

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Sweet Mother of Carbohydrates – Work Charity Brunch

Well, hasn’t this been a right old food filled week so far? Hot off the heels of my Yo! Sushi date on Monday, yesterday morning I contributed to a charity brunch event at work, to help raise money for very worthy cause, Street Child.

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The idea was to fill the tables with breakfast and lunch-type foods, which people could pick at throughout the morning, and leave a small donation. I brought along ham and cheese croissants, plus a mountain of carbs in various forms – mini pancakes, waffles and crumpets, plus that good old favourite brekkie staple, peanut butter. I’ve been trying to avoid too much dairy recently, and have found a whole load of tasty milk alternatives, and so brought along some almond milk to try and convert the masses. No one drank it. Sad face.

The whole shebang was supposed to be a casual 9-11 come-along-and-nibble-what-you-fancy affair, but people began lingering shortly before 9, and so in our kindness we opened it 10 mins early, only for the whole thing to be ravaged by half past. The moment word spread that there was a pile of scones and a whole pound of clotted cream in the upstairs kitchen, people were understandably flocking in droves.

Still, we managed to raise over a hundred quid for a very worthy cause. I think the breakfast/brunch idea is excellent for a small workplace to raise some dollar for charity, although I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so popular! Would you try one at your work?