12 Best Places for Brunch in St Albans

There are many reasons that make St Albans worth a visit, one key one being the great range of places to eat and drink.

Among these is a selection of fantastic options if you’re looking for breakfast or brunch out in the city.

So, whether you’re eager for a full English, smashed avo, a stack of pancakes, or one of your other favourite breakfasts, check out these top places for brunch in St Albans.

1. Hatch

This award-winning eatery is among the best restaurants in St Albans full stop, and possibly the single best place to get brunch in the city.

Hatch is unlike most traditional brunch and breakfast places in the UK. It has many of the classic options, but with twists to make them extra special and extra tasty.

For example, you can go for a full English with delicious sourdough bread. Or, for a different choice (and my favourite on the menu!) their avocado toast with chorizo, poached egg, and pumpkin seeds feels like a delicacy.

If you had to pick one place in St Albans for brunch, then Hatch should be at the top of your list. Just make sure to book well in advance as it is a popular choice, especially on weekends.

Brunch food from Hatch in St Albans
Brunch at Hatch – their hash brown bites are especially moreish!

2. The Breakfast Club

Outside of the city centre, The Breakfast Club is one of the best options for food out in the morning and offers exactly what it says on the tin – breakfast!

It has a huge variety of breakfast choices on the menu. In addition to their classic full English, you could instead have a porridge bowl, omelette, french toast, pancake, or many others to pick the perfect brunch for your tastes.

For something different, try their breakfast naan or the crazy eggs benedict. The Breakfast Club is also one of the few places in St Albans to serve froyo.

French toast from The Breakfast Club in St Albans
French toast from The Breakfast Club

3. The Waffle House

Belgian waffles are the name of the game for The Waffle House, arguably the best place to get dessert in St Albans.

But sweet treats aren’t the only thing on offer here – there are also plenty of savoury waffles, as well as a range of breakfast options.

From smoked salmon and scrambled eggs to a full English with bacon, sausages, tomato and mushrooms, you can get your favourite breakfast food, but it’s served on waffles!

English breakfast waffle from the Waffle House in St Albans
One of the breakfast options from the Waffle House

4. Slug and Lettuce

Slug and Lettuce is a popular UK-wide chain for anyone looking to enjoy a bottomless brunch, and the branch at St Albans is no different.

Being a cocktail bar, you can be sure that any drink you order during your two-hour session will be delicious.

Their tasty range of breakfast dishes includes smashed avocado, eggs benedict, and even a full English, so there’s everything there to enjoy a classic brunch.

5. Megan’s at the Old Bell

With its front on Chequer Street and its back terrace overlooking the Maltings Shopping Centre, Megan’s at the Old Bell is always a good choice for a fun time and a bottomless brunch.

Megan’s has a modern spin on Turkish food to make eating out here a special and delicious occasion, and we put it in our list of the best Turkish restaurants in St Albans. That’s not just the case with their lunch and dinner options, but brunch too.

They’re one of few places in the city to serve shakshouka, if you’re after a slightly different brunch option. But they have other options too, like eggs benedict with a freshly made hollandaise sauce.

6. Bill’s

With locations up and down the country, Bill’s is one of the most popular chains in the UK for those hungry for a good brunch, and for good reason.

Bill’s has all the classics when it comes to brunch, from traditional breakfasts to a Mediterranean breakfast.

But one of the favourite picks from the menu are the pancake stacks – there aren’t many places in St Albans that do better!

7. Crepe Affaire

If you can’t get enough of pancakes, there’s one place you have to try out: Crepe Affaire.

For a lighter brunch, this is one of the best options in St Albans, and you can choose to eat in or take away if you’re looking to continue exploring the town centre. 

One of our favourite things to do in St Albans is grab a bite to eat and stroll around the market or down to Verulamium.

They have a large range of fillings for their crepes, including sweet and savoury. There are many breakfast options such as eggs florentine, maple bacon, and smoked salmon.

8. The Beech House

Located on the main high street, The Beech House provides food and drink all day long, from lunch and dinner to evening cocktails. Most importantly, it also offers a bottomless brunch.

For one set price, you can select one option from their brunch menu and accompany it with as much prosecco, craft beer, mimosas, and coffee as you could want.

Available until 4pm, this bottomless brunch is a great way to celebrate with a group of friends – just be careful not to overdo it!

9. Verdis

For an Italian-style breakfast, try Verdis. This cafe and restaurant at the corner of Clarence Park in St Albans is open early at 8am every day so it’s always a good option if you’re passing by.

With various cakes and pastries on offer, it’s a good spot for a treat breakfast. Plus, as it’s Italian you can count on them to have great coffee.

You can also take food away to eat in the park, or try something like their paninis or pizzas for brunch or lunch.

10. Blacksmiths Arms

While a pub might not be the first place you’d think of grabbing breakfast, Blacksmiths Arms in the centre of St Albans offers an award-winning bottomless brunch.

As part of a 2-hour session, you can drink as much beer, cocktails, or prosecco as you like to wash down a choice of food from jackfruit crumpets to tasty burgers.

Being one of the best pubs in St Albans, Blacksmiths Arms is a great venue for a bottomless brunch as you can stay as long as you like afterwards and enjoy more of their wide range of drinks.

11. Craft and Cleaver

While you may not expect it of a place that specialises in barbeques, Craft and Cleaver is another one of the best places for bottomless brunch in St Albans.

Located just off the high street on Catherine Street, this restaurant is best known for serving up delicious meats in their wood-fired smokers, and visiting for brunch on a weekend provides a great chance to try it out for yourself.

With options on their menu like an open burrito and steakhouse shakshuka (and not to mention a selection of tasty milkshakes), you’re guaranteed a different variety of flavours than many other breakfast places in St Albans.

Better yet, they have a covered courtyard with heated booths, so it’s one of the few locations where you can enjoy an alfresco St Albans brunch.

For beverages, they offer a range of breakfast cocktails, bubbles, and craft beers.

12. The King Harry

The King Harry may predominantly be a pub, but it also serves up one of the nicest bottomless brunches in St Albans.

Book a time and you’ll have an hour and a half to enjoy as much prosecco, bloody marys or beer as you like!

Their brunch menu contains all the classics too, including a traditional cooked breakfast, eggs benedict, and Belgian waffles.

Unlike brunch options in St Albans, The King Harry isn’t right in the centre of the city. However, it’s right on the other side of Verulamium Park, so you’re in the perfect spot to go for a stroll after and let your food go down.

St Albans Brunch FAQs

What’s the best place for brunch in St Albans?

There are plenty of fantastic options to get brunch in St Albans, and while it’s hard to pick one, we think the best brunch in St Albans is Hatch. The food is incredible and unforgettable!

What’s the most unique place to get brunch in St Albans?

Out of all the best brunch places in St Albans, a trip to the Waffle House is one of the most unique experiences. With its delicious waffles, the range of food is one-of-a-kind, and it’s located in a beautiful old watermill.

What’s the most popular place to get bottomless brunch in St Albans?

Bottomless brunch in St Albans is a fun activity for the weekend, with Slug and Lettuce being one of the most popular places to book a session.

What are the typical opening hours for brunch in St Albans?

Generally, many of the best brunch places in St Albans are open at 9am or 10am and serve their brunch/breakfast menus until midday or early afternoon.

Many places that offer bottomless brunch in St Albans only do so on the weekends, so it’s important to check before planning your visit.

Are reservations recommended for brunch in St Albans?

Reservations are recommendations if you’re planning on having brunch in St Albans, especially if you want to avoid disappointment or have a particular place in mind that you’d like to try.

This is especially true on weekends when St Albans gets particularly busy around the city centre and lots of people enjoy having brunch out.

For example, our favourite place for brunch in St Albans is Hatch, and we’d recommend making a reservation at least a couple of weeks ahead as it gets booked up quickly!

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