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Breakfasts in Hertfordshire: 12 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 12:25 23 January 2018

The Groundworks in Hitchin (photo: Oli Woods)

The Groundworks in Hitchin (photo: Oli Woods)


For the most important meal of the day, we have your guide to the cafés serving some of the best breakfasts and brunches in Hertfordshire

1. The Pudding Stop

6 The Colonnade, Verulam Road, St Albans

Those with a weakness for sweets will love The Pudding Stop in St Albans, the café entirely dedicated to desserts. Sweet breakfasts are also available until midday including brioche French toast or fluffy buttermilk pancakes both topped with maple syrup and the option of adding blueberries (+£1.50) or bacon (+£2.50) or a variety of tempting sweet pastries. Coffee is sourced from specialty coffee company Climpson & Sons and goes down a treat after a sweet binge.

The Pudding Stop has two ‘Pudmobiles’ nicknamed Percy and Penelope, distributing sweet treats around St Albans (Penelope runs Monday to Friday from 4pm to 8pm) and Harpenden (Percy runs Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm) for sweet-toothed patrons on the go.

2. South Street Pantry

70 South Street, Bishop’s Stortford

In Bishop’s Stortford is South Street Pantry, the vintage tearoom that serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea on charming, mismatched crockery.

The hefty breakfast menu includes a full English, hot porridge topped with honey and fresh blueberries, eggs Benedict, American-style pancakes or decadent Belgian waffles with various enticing toppings such as salted caramel, ice cream and banana. Pick your favourite from over 20 types of tea and freshly made coffees to go with your breakfast.

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3. The Café in the Park

The Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth

Nestled in the scenic 100-acre Rickmansworth Aquadrome, is the Shop & Café in the Park, which serves breakfasts made with ingredients by trusted local suppliers.

The ‘smaller’ section of the breakfast menu includes lighter dishes such as porridge made with milk from Harefield-based Whiteheath Farm or an apple and leek sausage sandwich on seeded bread. The ‘bigger’ section includes French toast with fruit compote and sweet candied pecans; or shakshuka, the North African dish of baked eggs served with goats curd and bread. Make sure to check out the juice and smoothies too.

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4. The Waffle House

Kingsbury Watermill, St Michael’s Street, St Albans

Three guesses what’s on the menu at The Waffle House on St Michael’s Street in St Albans? You got it! Expect big fluffy waffles made to order and heaped with tempting toppings all to be enjoyed in a converted 16th century mill on the River Ver.

Breakfast waffles are served until 12pm and come laden with breakfast favourites such as smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or sausage, breakfast beans and grated cheese.

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5. Okka Café Eatery

62 High Street, Harpenden

Mediterranean café Okka, located on Harpenden’s high street, serves Turkish-inspired food made with seasonal ingredients from local suppliers.

Breakfasts include tried and tested favourites – eggs Benedict, American pancakes with strawberry, banana and maple syrup, muesli with fresh fruit, honey and yoghurt, and more – or exotic dishes such as pasha menemen a dish of sautéed fresh tomatoes with spring onion and Turkish sausage topped with Turkish-style scrambled eggs and crusty ciabatta on the side.

6. George Street Canteen

9A George Street, St Albans

With breakfast at George Street Canteen served all day, it doesn’t matter when you roll out of bed, you can still enjoy a smashed avocado with poached eggs on toast or a full English with sausage, two rashers of smoked bacon, roasted cherry tomatoes, button mushrooms, two poached eggs and toast – phew!

With free range eggs specifically sourced from “happy chickens”, you can feel good as you tuck into your breakfast.

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7. Street Café

13 Catherine Street, St Albans

Started by Rita Keenan and her friend Irina, Street Café on St Albans’ Catherine Street was born from a love of good food, made well and with seasonal ingredients.

Rustic full English breakfasts, filling servings of porridge with fresh summer berries and homemade waffles topped with bacon and maple syrup are just some of the ways you can start your morning at Street Café.

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8. The Beech House

81 St Peter’s Street, St Albans

Head to St Peter’s Street in St Albans and duck into The Beech House for a breakfast prepared with locally-sourced ingredients and an artisan coffee to accompany.

Served until 11am, breakfasts at The Beech House include a sweet potato and chorizo hash with spinach, chilli, toasted pumpkin seeds, onion and poached eggs, or chopped avocado and smoked salmon with poached eggs on crusty sourdough. There are lots of vegetarian options too such as eggs funghi with mushrooms, rocket and poached eggs on toast drizzled with hollandaise.

9. Baked Nation

102 Victoria Street, St Albans

Bakery and café Baked Nation on Victoria Street in St Albans is an artisan bakery baking rustic loaves of bread with high quality ingredients. They also serve breakfast on their home-baked bread.

Whether opting for a croissant filled with Wiltshire ham and Normandy brie or eggs Benedict with Atlantic salmon, poached eggs and a serving of hollandaise on toasted bread, the baked goods are made fresh on site.

10. Hermitage Rd.

20 – 21 Hermitage Road, Hitchin

Located in a former ballroom, Hermitage Rd. is the bar and restaurant offering casual dining throughout the day.

Breakfast includes eggs done florentine, benedict or royale, the Hermitage Rd. breakfast bap with sausage, bacon, hash brown, friend egg and nduja jam or a warm waffle and maple syrup with either bacon or seasonal berries.

11. Cinnamon Square

7 – 9 Church Street, Rickmansworth

Cinnamon Square is an artisan bakery and café located in a Grade II listed building in Rickmansworth and serves tasty breakfasts until midday every day of the week.

Opt for a simple breakfast of homemade, buttered fruit toast or go the whole hog and order ‘The Ultimate Big Breakfast’, featuring two hefty pork sausages, two rashers of bacon, two eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomato, beans and two slices of homemade bread – that will keep you going for a few hours! Alternatively, simply order one of its iconic cinnamon buns, drowned in cream cheese frosting, and a coffee.

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12. The Groundworks

1 Churchyard, Hitchin

Another pair of friends who teamed up to start a foodie venture are the owners at The Groundworks in the pretty market town of Hitchin. Fusing Middle Eastern and British cuisines, the food at Groundworks packs a flavourful punch and serves great coffee at breakfast too!

The brunch menu includes a black pudding and kale hash with charred leeks, potato, rosemary and fried egg or for sweet-toothed brunchers, a spiced apple and almond milk porridge topped with toasted pecans and chai-soaked currants should do the trick.


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