5 fabulous New Year’s Day brunch spots in Hamilton


Published December 19, 2019 at 9:41 pm

The holiday season is filled with plenty of gatherings and dinners where we get to enjoy good company, great food and be merry.

But come New Year’s Day, that all seems to come to a sudden stop.

So why not start the new year off right by indulging in a delectable brunch at one of Hamilton’s hot spots? It can act as a bookend to your holiday festivities.

It’s also a great way to get over your New Year’s Eve blues if you happened to overindulge.

So here are 5 amazing Hamilton restaurants offering brunch on New Year’s Day.

The French

Photo Courtesy The French’s Facebook page

This gorgeous bistro on King William is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch on New Year’s Day. Their brunch menu features items like Croque Monsieur, Duck Waffles and Pain Perdu (fancy for French toast), among many other mouthwatering dishes. The new year will be off to an incredible start if you order from The French’s brunch cocktail menu that features bevvies like Seasonal Sangria, Elderflower Kir and, the always reliable hangover equalizer, Caesars. Reservations are recommended.

Motel Restaurant

Photo courtesy Motel Restaurant’s Facebook page.

This eatery has been getting raves since it opened its doors and it’s no wonder: everything that comes out of the kitchen and bar is Instagram worthy. Motel is open on New Year’s Day from 12 to 4 for brunch (but you will need to make a reservation — sooner rather than later) when they’ll be serving they’re entire food and cocktail menu, brunch features and offering unlimited mimosas for $25.

Bedrock Bistro

Photo courtesy Bedrock Bistro’s Facebook page.

Ok, they don’t serve brunch per se, but if you want good breakfast/lunch food and you want to keep things pretty casual, the Bedrock Bistro is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Be prepared to line up for a table because Bedrock is hopping on New Year’s Day. Actually, it’s hopping most days but New Year’s Day is a particular favourite among Hamiltonians looking to soothe their NYE hangovers and to start the new year off right for a very reasonable price.

The Powerhouse

Photo courtesy The Powerhouse Facebook page.

This Downtown Stoney Creek gem is known for their stellar brunch buffets, which they will be offering New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buffet features more than 50 items, including a carvery, omelette station, chocolate fondue, seafood, salad bar, waffle station and so much more. Also, the prices for this well-stocked buffet are very reasonable: $30 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for kids six to 12 years of age, and children five and under are free. The historic and elegant atmosphere is the perfect setting to kick off 2020. Reservations are recommended.

Ancaster Mill

Photo courtesy Ancaster Mill Facebook page.

You haven’t brunched in Hamilton unless you’ve done it here. Not only is this one of the most picturesque restaurants in the city, but the Ancaster Mill’s brunch is also known for being among the best in the area. They offer made-to-order stations, a juice bar, a huge selection of fresh seafood, carvery, charcuterie, desserts, cocktails and so much more. On New Year’s Day, brunch is being served from 11:30 to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended as the Ancaster Mill is definitely a local favourite for celebrating the start of a new year.

  1. Ancaster Mill
  2. The Powerhouse
  3. The Bedrock Bistro
  4. The French
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