The history of brunch


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Cooking up brunch for some of our diners last week, we pondered this very question so decided to do some research and find out!

Brunch, a blend of breakfast and lunch, originated in England in the late 19th century. The term was coined in Britain in 1895 by Guy Beringer to describe a Sunday meal for “Saturday-night carousers”, so in effect a hangover meal.

The idea was that instead of partaking in an early Sunday lunch, often involving heavy meats and savoury pies which weren’t easy on a delicate stomach, it would be preferable to replace this meal with a slightly earlier and lighter variation.

Food historians give differing accounts of what brunch would have looked like in the early days. A favoured view is that the first brunches were an English hunt breakfast – a feast of meats hunted that day, along with eggs, stews, fruits and sweets.

The tradition caught on in the United States in the 1930s, where Hollywood stars making transcontinental train trips frequently stopped off in Chicago to enjoy a late morning meal. Since most restaurants didn’t open on Sundays, brunch was most often served in hotels.

However, it wasn’t long before restaurants got in on the act and started opening on Sundays to serve brunch. They put their spin on the late morning meal and introduced morning cocktails, such as Bloody Marys, Bellinis and Mimosas to the spread.

Today, brunch fare covers a whole host of foods with eggs, pancakes and bacon popular choices.

Brunch Menu

Our brunch menu, served from 10am – 12pm, Monday to Saturday, includes the following:

  • Scrambled egg, smoked salmon and chive blini (pictured above)
  • Smoked bacon, poached egg and roast tomato blini
  • Grilled whole kipper served with buttered granary toast
  • Smoked haddock and chive rarebit on granary toast

When it comes to your brunch beverage, you can choose a fruit juice, tea or hand roasted coffee to accompany your meal or, if you prefer, a morning cocktail from the bar.

To book brunch at Blinis, please call us on 01395 572920.


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