Well, despite the promises of many, attendance at October breakfast seems to have suffered substantially in the cuts, with a modest duo sampling the fare at Rendevous. The caff was practically empty when we arrived, with unpopulated tables a plenty – which is a stark contrast to the heaving mania that takes over the place at lunchtime.
The sign outside offered an inviting Full English breakfast for the very reasonable sum of £4.50, with sausage, egg, bacon, beans, mushrooms and hash browns plus toast and a tea, coffee or soft drink. Immediate plus points earned for the option to sub the tea/coffee with a soft drink for no extra cost – an enlightened attitude which has yet to reach the majority of caffs that we have visited.
Unfortunately, marks must also immediately be deducted for substituting the promised (and eagerly anticipated) hash browns with a pile of chips without so much as a by-your-leave. This disappointment aside, Rendezvous provided a breakfast of overwhelming averageness.
The low-down then …
Sausage: plain, decent size and unarguably sausage-like
Egg: Singular, a little overcooked with only a little runniness left to the yolk – but not burnt or otherwise desecrated.
Mushrooms: Smallish portion, and fairly uninspiring for a fungi fanatic such as myself, but again nothing actually problematic.
Bacon: Reasonable serving, nothing to write home about
Chips: A good sized portion, not distinguishably under-cooked but somewhat anaemic and not particularly flavoursome
Toast: Two rounds, halved and buttered. Just about warm, rather dry.
Not much more to be said really. I was expecting rather better given the fantastic array of delicious looking cooked lunch options they serve up pleasantly and efficiently to an invariably full house – but it just goes to show that you can’t judge a caff by its lunch.
If there had been even any one element of the breakfast that stood out, I might have come back again – there’s a lot, for instance, that I would forgive for the sake of a spectacular sausage, or for an exemplary egg. That said, I don’t want to be unfair – there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the breakfast (other than the aforementioned hash brown incident), it was served up very promptly and it’s quite nice to be somewhere that’s tucked a little out of the morning hustle and bustle. But I won’t be rushing back.