THE BEST BREAKFAST SPOTS
Was I naïve to believe that hunting down ‘The Best Breakfast Spots’ that this area has to offer was going to be anything but a tough order? Well, yes, but I’m chuffed to announce that the breakfast scene in this idyllic corner of the country, is huge. However, a little less pleased with the agonising challenge to narrow down my endless selection to just five. But, don’t worry I’ve already allocated the ‘Second Edition’ a time slot on my agenda and it’ll be coming to you very soon.
Here we go, The Mustcard’s first edit – five places that will make the most important meal of the day a delicious one too.
COWDRAY FARM SHOP AND CAFE, MIDHURST
If you have been looking for a fashionable place to watch the world go by while enjoying a seriously tasty breakfast with family or friends, then look no further, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Nestled in the heart of Easebourne and only moments from the historic market town of Midhurst, Cowdray Farm Shop Café is a thoroughly cherished hideaway and a true local institution.
With my daughter’s school being only a stone’s throw away we are no strangers to Cowdray. So, when I decided to round up this area’s best breakfasts, I had no qualms in putting them right to the top of the list.
At Cowdray, the focal point is on seasonal produce, much of which is sourced locally. The team of chefs serve homecooked food prepared from scratch and there’s an emphasis on healthy options too.
The menu offers a long list of breakfast options such as Cowdray granola with Greek yoghurt and summer berries (£8), Belgian waffles with banana or bacon with maple syrup (£6) and avocado with cayenne and lemon on rye or sourdough (£7). As well as the classics, Cowdray porridge with a mixed berry compote (£6), free range poached eggs on toast (£6.25) and a bacon or sausage sandwich (£6.50).
However, if you are looking to tuck into a passionately hearty breakfast then you are going to want to try the Cowdray full breakfast, including: Cowdray breakfast sausage, bacon, free range egg, grilled tomato, chestnut mushrooms, bubble and squeak, Heinz baked beans and toast (£9.95).
And let’s not forget that no menu is complete without a delightful selection of pastries. You can choose from a croissant and Cowdray jam (£3), pain au chocolat (£2.50) or an almond croissant (£3).
Breakfast is served on a walk-in basis on Monday to Saturday between 8.00 am and 11.45 am and on Sunday between 9.00 am and 11.45 am
Cowdray Farm Shop and Café, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 0AJ; 01730 815 152; Website
If you are looking for that convenient breakfast venue, that is jam-packed with nutritional goodness, then you are not going to want to miss a visit to the renowned Caracoli.
Located right on the High Street in the hub of Haslemere, Caracoli serve an outstanding breakfast and some serious brews worthy of even the truest of coffee lovers. This remarkable eatery has fined tuned the balancing act to ensure its customers enjoy a meal with the right nutritional equilibrium. There ethos is to aim high in everything that they do and make even the simplest of things the best. Caracoli tell us, “How something tastes is always top of our list, but the old adage ‘you eat with your eyes’ is true, so we love to serve great looking food.”
Everything on the menu is super fresh and prepared by their chefs early that morning at their Peaberry kitchen in Twyford. Trust me, there are not many places that you can eat a slice of cake that has been made that very morning, in house, with the freshest ingredients. And the results are superb!
Some may say that the breakfast menu is limited – but let me tell you it will please everyone and being served all day it couldn’t be a better location for those wishing to have a little extra lie in on the weekend. The Haslemere-based coffee shop serves the beloved classic creamy scrambled eggs with artisan toast (6.95), with bacon (£7.95) or add smoked salmon (£8.20). If you’re feeling a little more traditional, however, the pigwitch would be ideal – crispy bacon in toasted sourdough (£5.95). And of course there is the favourite smashed avocado, served with poached egg, crispy bacon, roasted cherry vine tomatoes, pesto oil on toasted sourdough (£8.95). In addition to their savoury options, they have a selection of sweet breakfast treats such as, Caracoli kitchen granola with poached fruit compote and Greek yoghurt (£4.85), croissants and pastries.
Open from 7.30 am Monday through to Saturday and at 9.30 am on Sunday, there is no longer any reason not to miss the most important meal of the day.
Caracoli, 27 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2HH; 01428 288 370; Website
SWEET PEAS CAFE, GODALMING
I have a particular soft spot for Sweet Peas Café, an absolute hidden treasure that I found hiding only minutes from both Godalming and Haslemere. Small, but perfectly formed and with a reputation that is second to none. This cosy and friendly café is marvellous and should not be flying underneath anyone’s radar. So, if you are looking for a place that serves up a mean breakfast, with generous portions right up until the afternoon then you should be in no doubt that this is where you should be heading.
At Sweetpeas, the focus is very about serving excellent quality homecooked food that is simple, unfussy and delicious. Owners Monika and Amir clearly have passion and devotion and their influence on the café is highly reflected in the heart-warming food that they consistently produce.
There breakfast menu is varied, from porridge with a selection of toppings (£3.95), cinnamon toast (£2.10) and boiled eggs and soldiers (£4.25) to a full English with a whopping two rashes of bacon, two sausages, two eggs, beans, mushrooms, toast and tea or coffee (£8.50), eggs benedict (£5.95) and beans or cheese on toast (£4.25).
This Haslemere locale gets brownie points for it’s unique take on the fashionable avocado on toast with crushed avocado, poached eggs, grilled tomato on two slices of sourdough toast and chilli jam on the side (£8.50). Delicious!
If that wasn’t enough to make your tummies growl, you will be blown away by the vast selection of homemade pancakes, cakes and pasties that Monika made herself that very morning.
Breakfast is served all day from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30 am to 4pm on Sunday.
Sweetpeas Café, Haslemere Garden Centre, Haslemere Road, Godalming, GU8 5LB; 01428 683 114; Website
ROSEMOOR KITCHEN, FARNHAM
In the fashionable neighbourhood that is Farnham, you will find Rosemoor Kitchen sitting in the centre of the renowned Downing Street. Second to the usual Brexit chit chat the opening of this new restaurant has fast become the talk of the town. What really sets the tone here is it’s interiors, a bold and punchy colour palette layered with flamboyant, yet unobtrusive fabrics. This place has been lovingly restored and exudes a cosy appeal that is conducive to relaxation and conversation.
Rosemoor Kitchen is the realisation of a lifelong dream of its owners Olly and Naomi, a fulfilled desire to create a place that fits in with the trendy informal café culture that doesn’t lack on its customer service and excellent food. Their philosophy is of course, simple food prepared and cooked with love and passion, but most of all creating a home from home where people can enjoy a fuss free meal with their nearest and dearest.
Rosemoor is definitely the breakfast joint to hit if you feel your morning is missing a little va-va-voom. They have an extensive and exciting menu offering breakfast staples, from a full English breakfast with pork sausage, smoked streaky bacon, egg, slow roast plum tomato, field mushroom, baked beans and toast (£10.50), to eggs benedict with poached eggs, Wiltshire ham, English muffin and hollandaise sauce (£8.95) and a vast choice of breakfast sandwiches.
Healthier options include: hot smoked chalk stream trout, poached eggs, romescu and served on a watercress muffin (£12), Forte granola, Greek yoghurt, banana berries and honey (£7.25), Spicy beans, tomato, poached egg on sourdough toast (£9.50) and an array of other options to suit even the pickiest of eaters.
But you are definitely going to want to try their Scotch pancakes with streaky bacon and maple sauce (£8) or the healthier option of blueberries, Greek yoghurt and ample syrup, also (£8).
Serving breakfast Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and from 9am to 12 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Rosemoor Kitchen, 23a Downing Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PD; 01252 719 085; Website
THE OLIVE AND VINE, MIDHURST
Whether you’re craving a seasonally flavoured bagel, searching for your morning caffeine fix or looking for the piece-de-residence breakfast of all time then look no further than the Olive and Vine.
The very first time I walked into this establishment I felt like I was picking up where I left off with an old friend. There is something so comforting about this place and trust me you’ll notice it as soon as you step over the threshold.
Recently relaunched, The Olive and Vine is now being led by two eager and creative minds, together with a passion to create their longstanding dream they are smashing it out of the ballpark with everything they do.
Located on North Street (right in the centre of Midhurst), this hip local eatery is definitely the answer to all your prayers. That is, if your prayers revolve around a proper mouth-watering morning feast. Which I’m pretty sure they do!
Staple breakfast items like a sarnie stack with sausage, bacon, hash browns, fried egg, cheddar cheese in a lightly toasted bread (£6), full English of streaky bacon, sausage, hash browns, fried egg, toast, mushrooms, tomato and black pudding (£7) and a ‘Build your own brekkie,’ are of course on menu. However, you are going to want to try the hipster brekkie consisting of guacamole on toast with a pot of hummus, vegan sausage, grilled tomato, mushroom and wilted spinach (£7). This dish is glorious and likely to turn even the most avid of meat eaters.
For those looking for something slightly lighter, The O and V have plenty of options for that too. You’ll find breakfast bagels with lashings of streaky bacon or sausage and a fried egg (£4.50) and salmon and scrambled egg on toast or bagel (£6.50).
You’d be hard pressed to beat the breakfast burger if you are in need of a blow out to get yourself back on track from the night before. Yes, I said a breakfast burger – beef patty topped with rashers of bacon, melted cheese, hash brown, and a fried egg on a brioche bun with a pot of baked beans and a side of skinny fries.
Open and serving brekkie from 9.30 am to 11.30 am seven days a week.
The Olive and Vine, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DJ; 01730 859 532; Website
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