Over the last couple of years the charmingly chintzy Pettigrew Tea Rooms has built a formidable reputation for their home-baked cakes and afternoon teas.
However, their equally stonking breakfasts should be just as famous.
Served daily until 11am, the menu consists of full breakfasts and lighter options made using produce from local suppliers including JT Morgan butchers and Allen’s bakery.
Breakfast 1 – Pettigrew Welsh breakfast
The price - £8.45
Pros – Two huge rashers of thick-cut bacon, a whopper of a mildly seasoned pork sausage, sweet cherry tomatoes, golden mushrooms, a runny poached egg, quality black pudding and comforting homemade baked beans. The most impressive thing on the plate was a freshly baked laverbread scone – warm, soft and flecked with cheese, onion and laver, it was a definite upgrade from a piece of toast.
Cons – I’m splitting hairs but the sausage could have done with a bit more colour and the black pudding was on the weeny-side.
Breakfast 2 – Pettigrew Vegetarian Welsh breakfast
The price - £7.45
Pros – A pair of golden cheesy and leeky Glamorgan sausages replaced the meaty components of my breakfast. All the other excellent elements were present and correct alongside an extra poached egg.
Cons - There were no breadcrumbs on the exterior of the Glamorgan sausages. Some may say it’s sacrilege but I'm not much of a vegetarian sausage purist.
The beverages – A loose-leaf breakfast tea (£2.35) and a flat white (£2.45) were both lovely.
Pettigrew’s cooked breakfasts are epic.
Furthermore, a stroll around Bute Park is a convenient way to work off a rasher of bacon.
Address - Pettigrew Tea Rooms, West Lodge, Bute Park, Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BJ
Web - http://www.pettigrew-tearooms.com
Telephone - 02920 235 486