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Where:

Short + Stout

Why:

It’s an off-the-beaten-track, brand-spanking new brunch spot, that’s already building a cult following. The space has been lovingly transformed from a Barbers to a white-washed minimal haven of Scandi-calm. Those pestering work emails suddenly don’t seem so bad, and the morning feels long and peaceful. There are plenty of great choices for coffee and breakfast on the main streets of Hoole, but Short + Stout definitely holds its own, winning most laid-back and transporting in my book. They’ve already put money and time into the basement, which they might open just for those busy weekends, or long-term if fans continue to spread the word. Pop-up evening events with local suppliers are also on the cards…

Menu:

Sparking with stylish little touches; enjoy your croissants with raspberry and wild apple jam or sloe seville marmalade, your mushrooms with truffle hollandaise and crispy kale, and go to town with blueberry and lemon pancakes with fairy floss. It’s small but perfectly formed and I really struggle to decide – all options sound considered and tantalising. Breakfast and brunch items are available all day, alongside delicious sandwiches and salads.

Pick:

I go for Avocado Toast – olive oil, lemon, za’tar, seeds, pea shoots. I add bacon and halloumi. The flavours are insane – even without the added salt of my extras – it’s fresh, creative, full of texture and colour. Paired with a cappuccino it sets me up beautifully for the busy day ahead. My fragile friend holds onto his cold brew for dear life, which miraculously revives him. He’s even making chirpy conversation by the final sip.

The Damage:

Prices are perfectly reasonable and clearly stated – this is the home of the patchwork breakfast – make it yours by complimenting eggs, toast and even a bacon roll with a large range of tasty extras (from £1). Keep it simple with sourdough toast and spreads at £2.5 and granola at £5 or indulge yourself and go for bacon and maple syrup pancakes (includes salted caramel popcorn) for £8.

Getting There:

It’s only a slight detour from the busy streets of Hoole, at 3a Ermine Road. And it opens from 7:30 am in the week – a perfect caffeine swing-by before work.

Contact

3a Ermine Road, Chester, CH2 3PN. Check them out on Facebook for some beautiful shots of what’s on offer. Follow them on Twitter to stay in the know about menu specials and events.