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In Praise of Brunch


According to Wikipedia, ‘Brunch’ is defined thusly: ‘Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning to early afternoon, generally served from 11am up to 3pm.  The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch’.

Apart from using the rather delicious word ‘portmanteau’, that sentence is hardly the most inspiring way to describe what is, in our opinion, self-evidently the best meal of the day.

The first use of the word, ‘brunch’ was in 1895. A British writer called Guy Beringer, write a piece in ‘Hunter’s Weekly’ in which he called for people to gather for a late breakfast not necessarily for the food, but for the experience:

‘By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life lighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and the cobwebs of the week’.

Here are Balans Soho Society’s reasons why we love brunch:

1. It’s the weekend. Are you eating brunch on a Thursday? No, you’re not. If you’re eating brunch, it’s the weekend and we defy anyone to name a single thing that’s bad about that.

2. Alcohol. Brunch is really the only socially acceptable way to drink before midday – unless you’re taking Communion, of course. It makes morning binge drinking seem so civilized and, as we like to say, brunch without Prosecco is just a sad, late breakfast. Remember, it’s not ‘drinking’ – it’s brunch.

3. You can never be late for brunch – or, indeed, early. Rather politely, it starts when you do.

4. It’s the one meal where it’s practically expected that you mix sweet with savoury. Pancakes with Bacon and Maple Syrup anyone?

5. If you start with breakfast, have brunch, then move onto lunch that’s 3 meals before teatime. And what’s not to love about that?


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