So, you may have noticed that updating has been even more sporadic than is usual of late. That’s what a wedding and a job change will do for you. Nevertheless, those long winter nights are on their way back and Breakfast must go on!
The Table Cafe offered sumptuous fare and minimalist furniture – which is certainly a far better offer than the other way round. However it does give somewhat of a Wagamama feel to it. Which is a slightly peculiar feeling to be having at breakfast time.
There’s also no “full breakfast” option to be seen, I think it’s maybe trying to pitch itself as being above and beyond the whole ‘caff’ experience, which is a bit of a pity. Still, you can more or less piece together a ‘full english’ from the various items on offer – so that’s what I did. Double egg on toast, with sausage and a grilled field mushroom.
The toast was satisfyingly chunky and the eggs well done, and the mushroom was satisfyingly delicious. However I do have one small bone to pick about the sausages. Everything here is done nice and stylishly, which includes doing that funny thing where they cut the sausages in half lengthways before they cook them. No particular problem so far. However, giving you three half sausages seems ever so slightly perverse.
These may well be times of austerity and 25% cuts … but giving three halves just kinda rubs it in your face – “Yeah, we’ve got two sausages here .. but we’re going to give half of one of them to someone else, OK?”
Actually, if I’m paying £2.50 for “sausages” I think you can afford to give me a full two. Not to mention the etymological debate to be had over whether ‘sausage and half’ justifies the use of the plural on the menu.
That aside, there are other reasons to like the Table. The toasted banana bread was both unusual and tasty. The bacon sarnie could never be accused of leaving you short of morning sustenance. The coffee was excellent and, following the general theme, was not served in delicate proportions. A tempting array of mueslis, granolas, porridge and pastries sits alluringly on the breakfast buffet bar.
Overall, a good breakfasting experience – let down a little by unecessary sausage stinginess. It was also a relatively expensive experience – and in the grand scheme of upmarket breakfasts that we’ve reviewed recently, you’ll definitely get a better deal if you book in at Roast or Cinnamon Club on the 2 for 1 deal. Nevertheless, if you don’t mind forking out you can get a decent start to the day at The Table Cafe.