Keep Calm & Enjoy Brunch
by: Meyi Dwicahyani (Design & Multimedia Manager of hKUDOS)
My British odyssey is not complete without brunch on the weekends. Buttery scones, flaky croissants, creamy eggs benedict and hot cocoa perfectly define brunch for me. A hybrid of breakfast and lunch, brunch is usually eaten from late morning to late afternoon. Brunch is the perfect meal for every university student on weekends, isn’t it?
Going back in history, the word “brunch” was invented in 1895 by an English writer, Guy Beringer. The inspiration behind his brilliant idea is the hangover. Yes, brunch was formulated to cure hangovers! “By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday night carousers,” he explained. The normal brunch ritual consists of sipping tea, coffee, juice or hot cocoa, before munching on sweet scrumptious pastries, and then segueing into heavier and meatier savory dishes.
The University of Cambridge is aware of this genius concept of “brunch”. The place where I am staying now for 2 months, King’s College, only serves breakfast (08:00-09:00) on the weekdays. But, it serves brunch from 11:00 to 13:30 every Saturday and Sunday! The brunch selection at King’s is wonderful, although it does get rather monotonous for my somewhat demanding and curious taste buds.
As a self-proclaimed food connoisseur, I didn’t limit myself to brunch at King’s. During my time here I have so far visited 3 fantastic eateries offering brunch selection in Cambridge (and 1 eatery offering only the sweet selections in Edinburgh). I also attended the “Afternoon Cream Teas” organized by the dear PAs of the Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP) I am in.
My brunch experience here has so far been rewarding. Let these photos prove it to you!
1. Auntie’s Tea Shop (Cambridge) – a dainty teahouse that offers traditional English brunch
Everyone was really excited for Tour de France 2014! On the other hand, I was very excited to taste the famous Auntie’s scones. However, to my disappointment their scones were too crumbly and soft for my taste. But, many people actually do love this crumbly texture! It will depend on your preference.
2. Bill’s (Cambridge) – a cozy, industrial designed restaurant with a wide brunch selection
We had Eggs Benedict (£7.35), Eggs Royal (£7.95), Bill’s Bread Basket served with Bill’s Jams & Marmalade (£3.95), Cumberland Sausage Sandwich (£4.65), Sicilian Lemon Drizzle Cake (£3.75) & Hot Chocolate (£2.35) [12th July 2014]
We are certainly guilty of ordering too much food for brunch! Overall, we really enjoy the food, especially the jams & marmalade. The lemon curd is simply fantastic, and the strawberry jam makes the perfect condiment for the Eggs Benedict & Royal – trust me!
3. The Orchard Tea Garden (Grantchester) – a great place to enjoy your brunch beneath the blossoming fruit trees
We had the delicious Smoked Salmon Baguette with Cream Cheese (£6.95) & Coronation Chicken Sandwich (£5.95), which is my favourite. I love how they add bits of apricots and slivered almonds into the Chicken Sandwich. [19th July 2014]
4. Lovecrumbs (Edinburgh) – a lovely cake-house in the heart of Edinburgh
6. The Moat Tea Rooms (Canterbury) - a traditional English tearoom set in a classic 15th Century building
Brunch for 4: Chicken Omelette (£7.50), Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs on Toast (£7.50), Egg & Cress Sandwich (£5.50), Jacket Potato with Cheese (£5.75) – overall they were good! We especially enjoy the smoked salmon & scrambled eggs and egg sandwich.
I promise you my brunch and tea experience will not end here. I will keep this blog entry updated.