I’ve said it before, and I’ll happily say it again – brunch is one of my favourite meals of the day. Associated by me with lazy weekends, exploring new places or seeing friends, brunch is a fun and tasty treat. I could quite happily spend every Saturday going to different trendy cafes and trying out their brunch options. However, my money would soon run out and if I did it all the time it wouldn’t quite feel as special, so for now it’s still an occasional thing. A friend coming to Bristol for the weekend was just the excuse I needed to try somewhere new and when a colleague suggested Yurt Lush to me, I decided not to look too much further.
Yurt Lush is ideally located right next to Bristol Temple Meads, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat before setting out and exploring the city with whoever you might have just collected, or before you set off on a journey yourself. Whilst the Wetherspoons next to Temple Meads offers cheaper food options, it doesn’t have the same atmosphere as sitting inside a cosy yurt. You soon forget that you are effectively sitting in a car park! It’s not the easiest to find given all the construction going on around the station at the moment, but there are clear directions on the website and if in doubt just follow the smoke from the chimney.
Yurt Lush has a number of different brunch options available depending on how much you want to eat. Ranging from granola to a Full English, there’s plenty of choice and the range serves those who are veggie or gluten free too. I always expect brunch to see me through the best part of the day so opted for the largest option of the Full English. On a Saturday, the Full English comes with the added bonus of a free Bloody Mary or Buck’s Fizz so it’s a great brunch if you’re celebrating something.
The Full English came with bacon, sausage, two eggs, fried potato, seasonal greens, field mushrooms, tomato, beans and toast. It sounds pretty standard, but I’ve never had kale served as part of breakfast (when I commented on this to a colleague they told me I clearly hadn’t been to enough hipster cafes), and the tomato came as lovely small vine tomatoes, rather than one large one. The fried potato also wasn’t quite what I expected – more of a mash that had been fried on both sides, but it still went very nicely together. I wouldn’t have said no to a few more beans, but I had a very filling and tasty meal. The free Buck’s Fizz was an additional bonus!
I really enjoyed my brunch at Yurt Lush and would certainly consider coming here again, particularly given the convenient location. The menu for the rest of the day also looks good and I think it would be a nice place for a quiet drink and some bar snacks in the evening. I’ve heard great things about the Sunday roast (another favourite meal) so would like to try that at some point.
Yurt Lush is one of several options brought to Bristol by Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton and local farmer Luke Hasell under the banner Eat Drink Bristol Fashion. There’s an emphasis on sustainable, local food in interesting spaces, whilst being table. Yurt Lush certainly ticked all the boxes and I’m now keen to explore their other venue Root. Watch this space…
Where’s your favourite place for brunch?