As mum's leaving for India in a few days time we decided it was high time we started the christmas shopping, yep in September, so to prepare my body for the shock I decided we needed a giant breakfast. Breakfast is easily my favourite meal of the day, however due to work it's one that's normally rushed and quite boring (think a bowl of cornflakes / toast and honey as I run out the door), so the thought of a breakfast of whatever I fancy, with as long as I want to eat it is heavenly.
We headed for Christchurch and parked up down a gorgeous sunny side street and headed for my favourite breakfast joint in Dorset, Cheese&Alfies. Nestled on the edge of the cobbles leading up to the priory Cheese&Alfies grabs you the second you see it. Its one of those places that look so friendly you just have to pop in.
''Real honest food, using great ingredients, cooked and served by people who not only enjoy what they do, but have a natural passion for it.''
Inside is an eclectic mix of posters and wall stickers and the chairs have books in the backs. They have a standard menu and a blackboard full of mouthwatering specials, there's even a burger that'd make Adam from man vs food quiver in his little boots. I headed straight for the smoothies and boy oh boy I wasn't disappointed, bananas and berries with yoghurt all blended up perfectly and served perfectly chilled. It definitely got my tummy excited for breakfast. Mum opted for a rather lovely looking granola number, with a coffee. Apparently it was lovely, but that's just not Saturday morning pre-christmas shopping food in my opinion.I went for pancakes, I'd have been silly not too. Just look at them, gorgeous thick fluffy canadian pancakes with a pot of maple syrup. I'm getting excited just looking at them again.
It certainly was the breakfast of kings and came to a very reasonable £15. It's one of the only places I've ever thought ''yep that deserves a tip'' and on the way to the tip pot, I fell for some giant meringues which I wish I'd photographed.
They're also so lovely that they pop recipes on their website here, I will definitely be giving the Orange and Almond cake a shot- especially as it's dairy AND gluten free!
Where's your favourite place to go for breakfast?
Are you a granola girl or a fry-up fan?