At Taste Buds magazine, we bring you some of the best places to eat in Exeter, and we’re specifically looking at those that put on special brunches. Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so stretch yours into the afternoon with these five quality restaurants, all of which serve a cracking brunch menu.

Mango’s Café & Bar
Mango’s has an impressive range of breakfast items served until midday. You’ll find a nice range of fry-ups with a twist, as they are actually grilled or baked, for a healthier choice. You’ll find the usual classics, alongside some Spanish-inspired options, including chorizo baked eggs, with peppers, butter beans and feta cheese. Beans on toast has also been given a Spanish twist, with butter and borlotti beans, black olives and mild spices. There’s also banana bread, cinnamon toast and croissants. Eggs used are free range and pork is locally sourced from an independent butcher on Dartmoor. Dine outside if the weather good, and it’s also dog-friendly. 

The Atrium 
For a light and bright atmosphere, The Atrium serves up a delightful full-English breakfast, as well breakfast sandwiches. It offers a special brunch menu, which is served between 10am and 2pm. Here, you can try the local pork, as well as a luxurious steak from Exeter’s Elston Farm. For vegetarians there’s also the option of organic eggs, as well as baked Portobello mushroom. 

Lloyd’s Kitchen
At Lloyd’s Kitchen, there’s a wide range of dishes on the brunch menu, from the more ‘breakfast-y’ to the much ‘lunch-y’. Special brunch options include avocado on toast with eggs, bubble and squeak, frittata, peppered ricotta, and barbeque pulled pork with waffle and eggs. For breakfast, chose from the Farmhouse breakfast, Exe breakfast, egg meals and pancakes. The coffee and tea selection is extensive, and fruity smoothies feature on the menu, too.

The Pig and Pallet
The place to go for meat lovers, The Pig and Pallet’s barbeque theme continues with the brunch menu. For a non-frills meal with an American influence, there’s a good choice of fry-up’s featuring bacon and sausages, as well as pancakes and egg-based meals. Vegetarians, fear not – meat-free baps, fry-ups, or eggs are on offer. The speciality here is the BBQ beans, which features on most of the menu.

The Exploding Bakery
For a simple and stylish brunch, head to The Exploding Bakery. You’ll find tortilla, toasties, soups, salads, sausage rolls, croissants, along with a wide selection of cakes - this is definitely the place to go for your mid-morning sugar fix. Enjoy its quirky and contemporary feel as you watch the world go by, and you can even savour the cakes being made, if you visit during the week.

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