Doncaster has had a bad rap in the past but things are finally looking up for the city. Yes, you read that right – as of summer 2022, Doncaster has been awarded city status, much to the delight of its residents.
I’ve always loved Donny and couldn’t wait to see what it had in store for my bottomless brunch trials there. Here’s what I found:
The best bottomless brunches in Doncaster – independent restaurants
After my experience in Harrogate where I struggled to find independent places that offered bottomless brunches, I was surprised to find the opposite in Doncaster. Here are the independent establishments I tried.
5-7 Printing Office Street, Doncaster, DN1 1TJ
The Jazz Café is a modern café in the heart of Doncaster. As its name suggested, it’s jazz themed. This was the first bottomless brunch experience I had in Doncaster and I was impressed as soon as I entered. This is a really comfortable place where you can relax and be at ease.
The bottomless brunch offering is unlimited prosecco, cocktails beer, cider and mocktails for 90 minutes. Not only that but you also get unlimited pizzas, dirty fries and other sides during your 90 minutes too. So although it’s not ‘brunch food’ per se, it’s a great offer, nonetheless.
The price is a little expensive at £34.95 per person, but you certainly won’t be left hungry! If you’re desperate to have pornstar martinis included in the offering, you can upgrade for £5.
For those who don’t fancy pizza, there’s another option too: the raclette bottomless brunch. Instead of eating pizza, you get bottomless cheeses, cold cuts of meat and vegetables to grill yourself at the table! This costs £39.95 but certainly makes for a different experience.
Since we’d never tried a bottomless raclette before, we chose to splash out and try this option. We were thoroughly impressed with our meal and definitely over-indulged!
The bottomless brunch raclette at Jazz Café was excellent and as this was the first venue we tried in Doncaster, the bar was set very high indeed!
28 The Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3EY
The Harewood is located right in the civic and cultural quarter of Doncaster near the Savoy cinema. It has a fantastic reputation for its food and entertainment and has heaps of space. There’s an outside space with firepit tables and rattan furniture, three floors indoors with a bar and relaxed dining downstairs, a restaurant, shisha bar and secret terrace on the first floor and a private dining room on the top floor.
The bottomless offering here is ‘bottomless bubbles and beers’ and it costs £25 per person for 90 minutes. With this offer, you can have as much prosecco and bottled beer as you like and you’ll also get a selection of both hot and cold tapas.
Food items include serrano ham, cheese, olives, pickles, hummus, ciabatta, Spanish tortilla, chorizo, garlic mushrooms and mussels. So, although again this isn’t strictly a brunch, we felt it was too much of a good offer to miss!
The Harewood offered a great experience and we loved the food. For £25, it was a really reasonable offering and we weren’t left hungry. If you don’t like prosecco and beer or want a cocktail, you might want to look elsewhere.
No.7 at the Rum Rooms
7 Market Road, Doncaster, DN1 1LS
No. 7 at the Rum Rooms is a popular destination for cocktails, entertainment and bottomless brunch. The reviews about this brunch were amazing so we couldn’t wait to try it out for ourselves. For £28 you get an item from the menu and bottomless drinks for 90 minutes.
The menu is ‘brunchy,’ which we liked after previously trying the Jazz Café’s raclette and The Harewood’s tapas. Menu options include bagels, baguettes and pancakes. We opted for the Mediterranean vegetable baguette, which came with smashed avocado and the pork baguette, which came with stuffing and parsnip crisps.
Drinks-wise, you have a choice of prosecco by the glass, bellini, mimosa, and draught lager. You can also have non-alcoholic lager, juices and soft drinks. If you want to include Aperol spritz, dark and stormy and gin and tonic, you’ll need to pay an extra £10 per person.
The offer is available between 11:30 am and 3 pm on weekends.
The food was great (great parsnip crisps!) and there were enough drinks choices for us to not feel the need to splurge on the upgrade. We did think £10 extra for three more choices was a little too expensive too!
18 Hall Gate, Doncaster, DN1 3NA
Cactus Jacks is a Tex-Mex restaurant in Doncaster. Its bottomless brunch deal is available between 11 am and 5:30 pm. For £29.95 you can get free-flowing draught lager or prosecco with a selection of sample items from their extensive menu. If you want to add cocktails, you’ll need to pay another £10 per person. The booking is for 90 minutes.
We love Mexican food so were very excited to see what food came out at Cactus Jacks. We’re not sure if the samples you’re given vary depending on the day but we were pleased with what was brought out to us to enjoy with our drinks.
We had some Cajun mushrooms, chicken wings, nachos, loaded potato skins and Mexi rice.
Since this isn’t the sort of brunch where you order a meal per person, we were a little nervous as to what we’d be given (and whether there would be enough) but we were pleasantly surprised and weren’t left hungry at all. It’s perhaps not the place to try if you’re more of a fussy eater, though.
The Townhouse Bar & Restaurant
9-13 Market Place, Bawtry, Doncaster, DN10 6JL
Heading over to Bawtry, we went to The Townhouse as we’d heard good reviews about this place.
Their bottomless offering isn’t a brunch at all, but we still felt it worth trying just because the reviews were so good. The Fizz Friday bottomless prosecco deal is only available on Fridays from 6pm (yes, so not a brunch at all…) but you get 2 hours of free-flowing prosecco alongside a meal from the main menu for £30 per person.
For our food, we chose chicken Thai green curry with rice and prawn crackers and crispy pork belly. The food was truly exquisite! The only items that require a supplement are steaks, which cost an extra £10.
It was unusual for us to try a bottomless deal on a Friday evening but the reviews weren’t wrong! We loved the food and the atmosphere at the Townhouse and it was a great experience overall.
The Plough Inn
2 High Street, Arksey, Doncaster, DN5 0SF
Arksey is a little village just outside of Doncaster and it’s home to The Plough Inn, a hotel, bar and restaurant. Every Friday and Saturday, the Plough Inn offers a two-hour bottomless lunch where you can enjoy a main meal alongside unlimited drinks. The best part of this is that it costs £25 all in!
When we heard about this deal, we couldn’t wait to try it! You can choose anything off the menu apart from the grill menu and the choices of drinks are prosecco, house spirits & mixer, house wines, and draught Carling or John Smiths. You can even choose the Plough Sharing Platter for your party if you’d rather and you can upgrade to include any drink for an extra £5 per person.
When your two hours are up, you’ll also get a shot of sambuca or a Jager bomb to round things off nicely.
Since this is quite a traditional-style pub, we decided to eat pub classics. We chose the scampi and steak pie to accompany our drinks.
We loved the homely feel of the Plough Inn and this traditional pub certainly made a change from the more ‘insta-worthy’ establishments that tend to offer bottomless deals. The food was great and the two hours of free drinks with a Jager to round off was great.
The best bottomless brunches in Doncaster – chains
We were so impressed with the range of independent places in and around Doncaster that we only tried one small chain and one large chain place. Feast is a local chain with just two places in the Doncaster area while Yates is a huge chain – but one that we hadn’t yet sampled in our quest to find the best bottomless brunches!
7 High Street, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6RS
We’d heard good things about the Feast bottomless brunch so headed to the Hatfield Feast with high expectations.
The deal is available on Fridays and Saturdays between 11 am and 2:15 pm and costs £30 for 90 minutes of unlimited drinks plus one brunch dish off the menu.
The food choice was great – so much so that it took us a considerable amount of time to decide. In the end, we went for the cheese steak and the chorizo hash. Both dishes were well received. We also choose to get a side of Cajun wedges too, which were also tasty.
Drinks-wise, you can choose from Feast fizz, Apricot Spritz, strawberry mimosa, gin fizz, prosecco, bottled beer and soft drinks. For an extra £5, you can upgrade to the full drinks menu. We chose not to do this as we felt the choice was great already.
We enjoyed our bottomless brunch at Feast. Unlike some of the Doncaster establishments we tried, this felt like a proper brunch and was exactly what we were looking for. It’s definitely worth a trip to Hatfield!
58 Hall Gate, Doncaster, DN1 3PB
Since we’d never tried a Yates bottomless brunch and it’s available for £20 per person, we decided to try the one in Doncaster. This offer is available on Saturdays and Sundays and you get 90 minutes of free-flowing drinks alongside your brunch dish.
The choice of dishes is a full English or veggie breakfast, a breakfast wrap, or scrambled eggs. You can pay a £3 supplement to include an even bigger breakfast, a seasoned beef burger, a coated chicken burger or a plant-based burger. We chose a veggie breakfast and a breakfast wrap.
The drink choices include prosecco, Carling, Foster’s, Strongbow, Strongbow Dark Fruit, and fruit juices. If you want to include pornstar Martini, pink gintini or Aperol spritz, it will cost you a further £10 per person.
We have to say it, Yates wasn’t that special in terms of a bottomless brunch experience. It’s the sort of thing you might do for a casual shopping trip or hair-of-the-dog rather than for a special occasion. That said, for £20, it was fine. After all, this is one of the cheapest offers around and, as they say, you get what you pay for.
Doncaster is really up and coming. There are so many great places for bottomless brunches and we found it much easier to research compared to Harrogate and Bradford, for example. If we had to pick a winner, it would be No. 7 at the Rum Rooms for its food and drink selection. The Jazz Café raclette was a very close second though!