I don’t know about you, but it seems the humble English breakfast is rare these days. You’ll walk into a cafe – hoping for a fry-up – and find nothing of poached eggs and kale on the menu.
Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of time for poached eggs. They are excellent – and even better with salmon. However, some days I crave something a little simple – like the kind of breakfast your grandmother used to make.
Well I need look no further than The Meeting Place in Peasedown St John. It’s an unassuming little cafe, so humble you could almost miss it if you weren’t paying attention.
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But, on a rainy Wednesday in May, it gave off such an air of comfort that I was drawn to it. And how glad I was inside, warm and dry, with the delicious smells of fried bacon drifting towards me from the kitchen. .
The nice guy behind the counter waited patiently while I “ummed” and “ahhed” over the menu. Eventually I settled on the “big breakfast bap” which appeared to contain sausage, bacon and eggs.
It is common knowledge that an English cafe is only as good as its breakfasts. Anyone can bake a decent cake with the help of MM. Marks and Spencer, but a fry can set the tone for your whole day – so it’s important to get it right.
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I also asked for a cappuccino and then sat by the window. There were a few other customers scattered around the cafe, but it was pretty quiet.
The fairy lights above my head made me feel warm and comfortable and I enjoyed watching the people outside fighting with the umbrellas, while I sipped my coffee – which had just arrived. ‘to arrive. It looked spectacular and was a decent size.
The roast was a little bitter for my taste, but the chocolate topping balanced that out. Then, no more than 10 minutes after placing my order, my breakfast was on its way. At this point I should mention that I was asked beforehand if I wanted ketchup or gravy on it.
When it arrived I was impressed with the size of the bap. I soon discovered that it had clearly been freshly made as it was piping hot and the egg had been cooked to perfection.
The sausages were tasty and cooked well, while the bacon was tender with a small amount of fat. All in all it made for a very tasty breakfast.
However, when I was done with my meal, I quickly noticed my lack of a napkin or cutlery. My hands were covered in eggs and crumbs and I had nothing to wipe them off.
Luckily I had a packet of tissues in my bag which came in handy. After fixing that, I sat down to think about my meal.
Coming in at a very reasonable price of £8.40, this treat set me up for the rest of the working day and was delivered with very friendly service. As 11 o’clock approached, the cafe started to get busier and it became clear that The Meeting Place lived up to its name.
You can see why the locals love it. The food is good, served quickly and cooked to order. Plus you don’t pay Bath prices for a modest breakfast.
I would rate my meal as follows:
- Presentation: 5/5
- Performance: 4/5
- Taste: 4/5
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