It’s midday. You’ve had a late night, slept in, and missed breakfast. In many hotels, you’d have no choice but to order room service or wait until lunchtime for a meal. But here at Deans Place, we don’t see why you should miss out on eggs Florentine or a full English just because you caught up on some much-needed sleep. This is why we’ve introduced a new brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays, available from 11am right through until 5pm.
The menu is deliciously varied, offering everything from porridge, pancakes and avocado on sourdough bread to sandwiches, steaks and burgers. English breakfasts, American breakfasts and a veggie version are proving hugely popular. Drinks-wise, you can choose from tea, barista-made coffee, hot chocolate and fresh juices. (Our full bar menu is also available if a Bloody Mary is in order!)
Devising this new menu with our award-winning chefs was a real labour of love, and got us thinking about the history of brunch. Who invented the word, and what’s the secret of its popularity?
Brunch – making life brighter!
As with many great concepts, the true origin of brunch is shrouded in mystery. It’s a portmanteau word, combining breakfast and lunch, and its first mention in print is thought to be in Hunter’s Weekly magazine in 1895, when a writer called Guy Beringer penned an essay “Brunch: A Plea.” He wrote:
Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a postchurch ordeal of heavy meats and savoury pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter 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 cobwebs of the week.
So, although it seems that brunch was a British suggestion, the idea really caught on in America and Canada in the 1930s. It may have taken us a little longer to recognise the delights of this meal, but now we’re making up for it in style.
Sweeping away the cobwebs, just as Beringer suggested, is exactly what we hope to do for our guests. A leisurely brunch and then a walk in the beautiful East Sussex countryside is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the week!
Of course, you don’t have to be a hotel guest to eat brunch at Deans Place. Our restaurant is open to all, but we’d advise booking ahead as our new brunch menu is proving popular. Call 01323 870248 for reservations. We look forward to welcoming you soon!