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Rosemarino, Clifton, Bristol

You can celebrate the seasons at Rosemarino – the menus change as they do – and whatever the weather, it’s bound to be good. Breakfast leads the way. There’s a strong Mediterranean slant to the dishes, so my mushrooms on toast came with sage, truffle oil and parmesan, making them a rich and fragrant alternative to the greasy spoon usual. The Egg Poacher’s scrambled eggs were beautifully seasoned and came with crisp, light bacon, and if you’re really hungry there’s a ‘one pan wonder’ comprising of all the best brunch bits, topped with fried eggs and cheese. Pavarotti would have approved. You can feel truly continental and dine outside (get there early and you’ll be perfectly placed to soak up the morning sun); best of all, breakfast is served right through the afternoon. It’s proving itself to be one to watch when it comes to authentic Italian food, and, as you’d expect, the coffee is perfectly made. Soft music plays, staff bustle to and fro, and they serve a mean Bloody Mary – hard not to be happy here.

Price: From £2.10 (toast and preserves) to £7.25 (full breakfast); extras £0.95-£1.25.

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The Primrose Café, Clifton, Bristol

Cliftonites bring people watching to the next level. Part ‘The Good Life’, part ‘Made in Chelsea’ it is not uncommon to see Crocs mix with Chanel, canvas bags with iPads. There are an awful lot of people called Barnaby. Having said that, the café culture is well established here and the passion for provenance and homemade food is strong. The Primrose is tucked away but well-known, and you may need to wait (fight?) for a table. The brunch menu is chalked up and there’s a line of wicked cakes in front of the bar. Sweet tooths could opt for the waffles with berries and crème fraiche, or there’s a mean-looking sausage-cheese ensemble for those of a hearty disposition. It’s not your standard bacon, eggs and beans affair, though there are lots of extras to add to your bagels, grilled tomatoes and bubble and squeak. It’s not bad value and there are boutique shops full of stuff-wot-goes-on-mantlepieces next door should you feel so inclined.

Price: From £2.75 (sausage roll) to £4.95 (regular breakfast); extras £0.95-£1.75.

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