When we shared Birmingham Breakfast Club’s favourite breakfasts, lots of people got in touch to tell us their favourite cafes and pubs in and around the city.
These are the hidden gems, the greasy spoons you only know about if you live around the corner or work close by.
So we’ve rounded them all up into a list of the best brunch and breakfast cafes in Brum.
They feature all day brekkies, full English specials, breakfast burgers, huge hot chocolates, American style pancake stacks and bottomless brunches too.
Be sure to check opening times to avoid disappointment.
St Mary’s Row, Moseley B13 8HW
Go for brunch in the morning or try out the Lebanese menu in the evening.
This independent cafe and restaurant serves free range meat locally sourced from a butcher in Harborne, organic milk and freshly baked bread from Peel & Stone in the Jewellery Quarter.
Made using single-farm, Monmouth coffee sourced from a roaster in London, Lewis’s rich but mellow coffees are said to be some of the best in town.
The Steam Room
Knightlow Road, Harborne B17 8PY
Set at the end of a row of shops on leafy Knightlow Road in Harborne, this is a coffee shop which sells unusual coffees from around the world and breakfast burgers.
You can order black pudding, sausage and poached egg baps for around £6.50 and smashed avocado on sourdough with poached egg for £5.50.
Parking is usually available in front of the cafe.
The Big Bulls Head
Digbeth, B5 6DY
A Victorian pub in the heart of the Irish Quarter, The Big Bulls Head is said to serve a good breakfast together with pub grub and live music in the evenings too.
Witchmedow recently posted on TripAdvisor: “Will be back here for great flavors in clientele and food. Great value. Come find this gem and you won’t be sorry.”
Bacon and Eggs
Bearwood Road, Bearwood, B66 4DP
Fry ups here feature the works, including hash browns.
It’s not far from Lightwoods Park and Warley Woods if you fancy a weekend walk then brunch.
A recent review on its Facebook page by Sarah Deevy said: “That was probably the best sausage and egg sarnie I’ve ever had. Lovely staff, great prices, I’m going to make a point of coming here any time I’m in Birmingham!”
The Clock Cafe
Bristol Road South, Northfield, B31 2NS
A colourful cafe that does a full English and also sells sandwiches, cakes, drinks, lunches and salads.
Its claim to fame is that Ed Balls came to visit during the run-up to the election in 2015.
Graham Head said: “Best breakfast and staff!”
Heather Handyside added: “Absolutely amazing”
Imex Business Park, Flaxley Road, Stechford B33 9AL
Set on a trading estate, this cafe is known for its large portions and has mostly good reviews on TripAdvisor.
Michael Beasley highly recommended it.
He said: “They do the best full English in Brum.”
Inside, it has tablecloths and plenty of tables to ensure everyone is always able to get a seat.
Church St, Birmingham city centre, B3 2NP
Urban - formerly Urban Coffee Company - offers bottomless brunches every weekend with unlimited Bloody Marys or Bucks Fizz for £22.50 per person.
Choose from the classic brunch dishes like eggs benedict, eggs royale and avocado smash on sourdough bread with bacon.
There’s also pancakes with fruit compote, yogurt and honey? You can have your last boozy top up two hours from your order.
Cobs and Robbers
Gospel Lane, Acocks Green B27 7AX
Top marks for a great name and the menu here is as fun as the name suggests!
You can order Cell 1, 2, or 3 depending on how many sausages, bacon rashers, black pudding slices, eggs and hash browns you want to eat.
If you’re feeling really hungry, you can go The Governor which is the full works.
This family-run business also serves hot sandwiches, jacket potatoes, burgers and pies. There’s free local delivery available too.
Louise Gately said: “Best breakfast in Brum in my opinion.”
Umberslade Road, Selly Oak, B29 7SQ
Umberslade Nurseries is an ensterprise run by Queen Alexandra College.
The Potting Shed Tea Room is said to serve a good full English breakfast, sandwiches and cakes plus seasonal specials too.
You can also buy plants and Christmas trees here.
Bridge Cafe, mac arts centre
Cannon Hill Park
With lots of natural light pouring in from Cannon Hill Park, this is a nice place to brunch after a walk or before going to see an exhibition, film or show.
They do seasonal drinks too, like pumpkin lattes and Baileys hot chocolates.
And you can sit outside in the warmer weather too.
Matt Sillitoe said: “It’s awesome!”
There’s always lots going on at the mac arts centre so it’s worth checking the website and make a morning or afternoon of your visit there.
Need for Feed Cafe
Kitts Green Road, Stechford, B33 9NY
This is a new cafe that opened in November 2017.
From the outside it looks like a regular takeaway but inside looks homely with wallpaper, tablecloths and comfy chairs.
Need for Feed serves breakfast and hot and cold sandwiches to eat in or take away.
Free local delivery is also available.
Faye McKeown says: “Just opened, best breakfast I’ve had. Comes out hot too.”
Cherry Red Cafe
John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN
This independent cafe (which has a sister in Kings Heath) is really close to New Street Station.
Breakfasts is served all day and you can build you own.
There’s also a vegan selection plus bagels, Nutella on toast and American style pancake stacks.
Caroline Bedward said: “Excellent vegan breakfast!”
Coton Lane, Erdington, B23 6TP
Just off Erdington High Street, this cafe serves homemade meals, all day breakfasts and also caters for buffets.
The XL breakfast here costs around £5 and you can pick up toasties from around £1.60.
They even serve homemade mince pies.
The Pear Tree
Alcester Road South, Kings Heath B14 7JQ
This Wetherspoons pub features in The CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2018.
It’s run by a keen CAMRA member and stocks many local beers, making it ideal for a hangover breakfast.
The building is a former bank and has a large fire to warm customers going for breakfast there on chilly winter mornings.
The Pear Tree serves breakfast until noon and offers porridge, yoghurt and honey and breakfast wraps alongside the usual full English.
Idmiston Croft, Maypole B14 5NJ
This family run cafe serves breakfast, buffets for special occasions and afternoon teas.
They also offer take away and delivery services and there is outdoor seating available.
Kieran N recently posted on TripAdvisor: “As Kaths Cafe is my closet cafe, every now and again it is nice to get a cooked breakfast. We either get the full monty or an omelette and veggy full monty. The brekkie is always cooked fresh to order the prices and great and the staff are friendly and really part of the community.”
Beefeater Birmingham South
College Street, Longbridge B31 2US
Eat as much as you like from the cooked and continental breakfast buffet at Beefeater for £9.
And kids eat breakfast for free with every adult breakfast purchased.
Jim H said recently on TripAdvisor: “While on a family visit to the Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market, we stopped here for lunch. We chose our meals from their ‘daytime saver menu’. The meals were excellent and so was the service. Staff were friendly, polite and helpful. Would recommend this pub without hesitation.”
Old Hare and Hounds
Lickey Rd, Rednal, B45 8UU
This Ember Inns pub offers brunch, lunch and dinner plus a set price buffet and vegan friendly options.
They do a regular breakfast menu featuring a full English plus brunch bites like egg sandwiches and pancakes.
There’s also an outdoor area for al fresco brunches in warm weather.
Brays Road, Sheldon B26 2RR
You can get an “Ultimate” breakfast here for £9 plus pies, sausages and fish and chips.
Jordan ‘woody’ Stokes recently gave Hungri Gutz a 5 star review on its Facebook page.
He posted: “Brilliant food and kind staff. Love the place. 5 stars all around.”
Bristol Road, Northfield, B31 2SL
All day breakfasts are the order of the day at Cafe Munch, together with hot and cold sarnie, paninis, salads, jacket potatoes and baguettes.
Roger G recently posted on TripAdvisor: “Lovely cafe. Excellent staff and service. Good breakfast menu reasonably priced. Spotlessly clean. Highly recommend.”
O’Hara’s Sandwich Company
Stockfield Road, Yardley B25 8JP
Not far from the Coventry Road and Oaklands Recreation Ground, you can eat in or take away and there’s a few seats outside too.
A recent TripAdvisor review by JamesBird90 said: “Wow, this place and the staff are so friendly.
“They know how to keep a customer happy, thank you for all the great food you do and great customer service.”
Other suggestions include:
Jack’s Cafe, Maple Walk, Chelmsley Wood
Harvester at the Fort Shopping Park
Sunrise Cafe on Blythswood Road, Tyseley
Molly’s Cafe on The Green, Kings Norton
Winnie’s Cafe, Kingsbury Road, Erdington
Only Food & Sauces, Kingsbury Road, Erdington
Sisters Cafe, Highters Heath Lane, Maypole
Browns Diner, Ownall Road, Shard End
Chase Farm Cafe
Weeford Road, Roughley, Sutton Coldfield B75 5RL
The Farm Shop here comes from of a long tradition of farmers and butchers over 150 years.
Traditional farm breakfasts are served in the cafe until 11.30am.
They also do afternoon teas too.
George in the Tree
Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common, Berkswell CV7 7EX
This Beefeater pub serves all-you-can-eat breakfasts plus kids eat breakfast for free with every adult breakfast purchased.
A recent TripAdvisor review by Sandra said: “We have eaten at the George in the Tree twice within the last three weeks.
“The food is superb I can not fault it. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We do find there’s a bit of a wait for service but that’s only because they are so busy. Overall I would recommend it to anyone.”
The Potting Shed
Birmingham Road, Lydiate Ash, Bromsgrove B61 0HT
Just off junction 4 of the M5, this cafe and restaurant is part of Singletons Nurseries, a family business established more than 70 years ago.
The breakfast menu include Full English, bagels, porridge and American pancakes.
The Potting Shed regularly hosts seasonal events too. Check the website for details.
Jack & Ada’s
St Pauls Buildings, St Pauls Street, Walsall, WS1 1NR
This cafe, close to the New Art Gallery Walsall, is said to serve fantastic hot chocolates with its breakfasts.
They do a mean vegan breakfast too, apparently.
Rob Tolley recommended this cafe and Jimmy Macks (below) too.
He said: “Jack & Adas in Walsall is excellent. As is Jimmy Macks in Halesowen.”
Queensway, Halesowen B63 4AZ
This is an independent cafe serving traditional breakfasts, lunches, sandwiches and cakes.
It has floor to ceiling windows giving diners a nice view of the town church.
Seating is comfy and the emphasis is on comfort food.
72 Windleaves Rd, Smithswood, B36 0BT
This is said to be the place to go for all day breakfasts in Smithswood. They also do takeaway and delivery.
Look out for seasonal specials too.
On TripAdvisor, Wayne C posted: “Lovely quiet place to go for breakfast or lunch, place is very clean and the staff are great! Nice variety of food and can recommend the breakfast.”
Jubliee Court, Kingsbury, Tamworth B78 2LL
This is a coffee shop serving breakfasts to eat in or takeaway.
They also do Sunday lunches and cakes too.
Top Scoff’s most recent TripAdvisor review came from Mde_ville2013 in August 2017.
She posted: “Come here at least once or twice a month for breakfast, always have sausage & mushroom baguette which is always freshly made. The cafe is very clean inside and well presented and staff are very welcoming, by far the best cafe’ in Kingsbury.”
Platform 2 Coffee Shop
Wellington Train Station, Telford TF1 1BY
This is a railway cafe that people make an effort to visit. They do a full English for around £4.
Si N Sue Hounsell said: “Best breakfast in the Midlands by a country mile is Platform 2 Coffee Shop Wellington train station. Don’t take my word for it try for yourself.”
Birmingham Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1YJ
This is a Loungers Cafe, known for its quirky interior, outdoor seating and leisurely brunches.
Sean Jones: “Verdo Lounge ...good atmosphere and great breakfast.”
Butties Cafe, Forge Lane, Minworth
Jo’s Cafe at Bikers World. Lichfield Rd, Coleshill, Water Orton