Claire Wilson began writing her Breakfast Serials blog as an exercise in managing her weekend gluttony guilt - or, as she describes it: “Writing to justify the eating”. For over six years she has hunted out the best brunches that Bristol has to offer, from noble early morning granola to the lazy all-day fry up. Here she highlights her top five...

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The Albatross Cafe, Bedminster

North Street is getting hipper by the minute and the recent addition of Albatross Cafe is no exception. The compact cafe is filled with beautiful things - hanging plants and cacti, handmade pottery and upcycled chairs from your nan’s house give it an arty, lived in feel while the simple but delicious menu (spreads on sourdough, toasted sandwiches, vegan cakes), friendly staff and excellent coffee gives you an excuse to linger. Inspired by their stint in the cafe/bar scene in Berlin, the owners have extended the opening hours and added a cocktail menu with plates to share to soak up the booze; order one of their legendary espresso martinis and you can continue the caffeine dream late into the evening.

Rosemarino, Clifton

Rosemarino changes its menus with the seasons, and, whatever the weather, eating here is like being enveloped in the roomy bosom of your favourite Italian aunty. The ingredients are well-sourced and local and the food comes in sensible portions made with care. Their award-winning brunches are worth the schlepp into the Village alone - excellent breads, pastries and coffee await those with less time, or you can settle in for fantastic Eggs Benedict, the humble BLT or the famous One Pan Wonder: sausage, potatoes and ham hock with two fried eggs and a smattering of grated cheese (post-brunch nap included).

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Milk Teeth, Portland Square

Proudly part of the BS2 community, this new cafe-turned-store has become one of my favourite corners to curl up in. There’s something beautiful in Milk Teeth’s simplicity: a collection of old tables and chairs, repurposed glassware and an old piano waiting for a tickle, cakes and sandwiches on the bar and a gleaming coffee machine are all there is to it, bar the addition of the occasional open mic night, a board full of local events and a selection of juices, jams and pickles to stock up on. The staff here are cool and unfailingly kind and there’s always something satisfyingly mellow on the sound system. An ideal spot from which to watch St Paul’s life pass by.

Brunel’s Buttery, Harbourside

While I’m all for exposed lightbulbs, guest coffees and tattoo’d baristas, sometimes you just need breakfast without the side of hipster. Whether en route to a game or taking a tangled clan of babes and dogs for a mid-morning wander, The Buttery is a stalwart institution in the middle of the bustling Harbourside. An unprepossessing brick building with a few park benches and one of the finest views in town, it offers steaming cups of tea, white bread bacon butties (decent veggie options too) and cones of yellow chips from the hatch at the front. Locals and tourists alike flock here, so on sunny days make the most of the setting and turn up early.

Ceres, Stokes Croft

London’s loss was Bristol’s gain when it comes to Ceres in Stokes Croft. Originally intended for the capital’s coolest neighbourhoods, the owners pitched up in the South West instead, finding a city with much the same spirit as their home in Melbourne. Inside it’s bright and basic, with shining white walls, the occasional print and some surprisingly comfortable stools fashioned from plastic crates and old coffee sacks. While the interiors are simple the food is anything but, with a kaleidoscopic menu that ranges from pancakes with salted caramel and banana to poached eggs, smashed avocado and sweetcorn fritters. The presentation is beautiful and the flavours perfectly matched, and, as you would expect from our Antipodean friends, they make a mean flat white.

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