River Terrace Café assessment: Our hunt for the most effective breakfast in Cambridgeshire continues – Ella Pengelly


In Cambridgeshire Stay’s seek for the most effective breakfast in Cambridgeshire, this week I discover myself in St Ives.

Wanting extraordinarily windswept, because of Storm Gareth, I entered the River Terrace café down by the river. 

The situation of the café couldn’t be higher. It is located proper on the river, and even has out of doors seating for when it’s kind of much less windy.


The door is positioned down a little bit alleyway simply off the principle street. I walked in and was greeted by a really pleasant waitress. I defined I wished to have some breakfast, and she or he handed me two menus and directed me via to the seating space.

Once I arrived, I used to be the one individual within the café, however it quickly began to choose up.

I bought the most effective of each worlds by selecting a seat proper subsequent to the window. I bought all the gorgeous views overlooking the river however from the consolation of the heat inside.

The Riverside Terrace café menu


As I sat down, I took a glance over the 2 menus I had been handed by the waitress. The menus have been merely simply two items of A4 paper, however they did the job.

One menu was for meals and the opposite drinks. From a primary look I might see that there was a extremely good number of issues on provide.

Usually while you go for breakfast the drinks menus aren’t too intensive. However the eatery presents an entire host of drinks choices, from unfastened leaf teas to prosecco for those who fancy it.

On the meals facet of issues, there have been extra conventional choices like English breakfast or smoked salmon and eggs, and additional down the menu there have been some quirkier choices like American-style pancakes.


So it appears that evidently no matter you may fancy there’s something for you.

Because it was early on a Monday morning, I ordered a black espresso to wake me up a little bit. I might hear the machine grinding the beans contemporary for my order.

The waitress then introduced over my espresso and left me for a couple of minutes to scour the various breakfast choices.

After battling between the normal and the extra quirky I made a decision to go for the great quaint authentic, the English Breakfast.

The service


I can’t fault the service on this St Ives cafe.

The waitresses have been extraordinarily pleasant from the minute I walked within the door to the minute I left to go and courageous the wind as soon as once more.

In addition to having a relentless smile on their faces, the 2 waitresses that served me have been additionally very attentive and nothing appeared like an excessive amount of to ask.

Each the foods and drinks have been served shortly and each have been checked again on to see if every little thing was okay. 

The meals


When my meals arrived, it was piping sizzling, and neatly and cleanly introduced too which is at all times a constructive.

Two rashers of bacon, one sausage, a poached egg, mushrooms and two items of granary toast (white was an choice too).

The unique choice on the menu had a grilled tomato and black pudding as a substitute of the mushrooms however the employees have been more than pleased to make a small swap.

Some individuals might say the meal regarded a little bit dry however that is as a result of I by no means have and by no means can be a fan of beans. I do know, I do know, lots of people will disagree with that one.

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For me, a very nice contact to the breakfast was the poached egg. Once I consider a cooked breakfast the very first thing that springs to my thoughts is a greasy fried egg. However that is not what I wished to kickstart my Monday.

So the truth that the menu already listed the egg as being poached was a degree of their favour earlier than we had even begun. After all I am certain in case your English breakfast is not the identical with no fried egg, the employees can kind you out too.

So let’s break it down into every part to see how they formed up in beginning my time without work proper.

The egg – 10 out 10 as a result of I used to be served the right runny egg! Not too exhausting, not too mushy, and with the right runniness.

The bacon – I used to be given two rashers of bacon, which tasted very contemporary. The one factor I’ll say is I’m an individual who likes very crispy bacon, so for me it wasn’t effectively completed sufficient. Though which may be my fault for not telling the employees.


The sausage – Identical to the bacon, the sausage additionally tasted very contemporary, stuffed with herbs and seasoning. I’ll say I did not really end all the sausage however that was extra all the way down to my being full than the style.

The mushrooms – I really like mushrooms in any meal I eat, however I particularly like them with my breakfast. When the waitress was greater than prepared to swap the black pudding and tomato for mushrooms, I used to be delighted.

It was an excellent nicer shock to search out three portobello mushrooms on my plate. Normally in a cooked breakfast you are served white button mushrooms and also you by no means get sufficient. So this was a pleasant little upmarket contact.

The mushrooms additionally tasted wonderful and have been in all probability my favorite half.

The toast – I went for the granary choice relatively than white as I really like contemporary seeded bread. The bread was thick, chunky and toasted good. They have been additionally very beneficiant with the butter, which is, after all, a should on any breakfast. 

The entire breakfast tasted very contemporary, which was a bonus as a result of you already know they’ve cooked it there after which, relatively than it being a fast reheat job.


The value

The value is correct! Jokes apart, I’d really say this explicit spot may be very effectively priced.

All in all, my meals, which I’d name a big portion, together with a really contemporary cup of espresso, price me solely £9.55.

It was good worth for cash for me as I did not really handle to complete all of it.

Contemplating the employees have been more than pleased to accommodate my substitutions, as black pudding is an enormous no for me, it felt like a good value for the portion I used to be given.

I’d say if you could find a pleasant breakfast spot, with good portion sizes and pleasant employees, and have the meal price you beneath a tenner, then you might have discovered a winner.

All I can say is the breakfast was successful, and their different meals menus I can not wait to return to strive some extra.

Total score: 9 – It was an all spherical scrumptious begin to my Monday, however subsequent time I am going to ask for additional crispy bacon.