Darcy’s on Gay Street styles itself as Bath’s only ‘news café’ – a combination of newsagent, selling papers and glossies, and café, serving up breakfast, lunch and a few treats in between. You can pick up your paper and get a coffee for the walk home, or sit down with a cup of tea and a piece of cake to peruse the latest gossip in comfort – clearly, it’s a genius idea. Although there’s food on offer all day, it’s the breakfast that I’ve been hearing about lately, so a couple of weeks ago, I decided I had to pop down to Darcy’s myself and see if the food was as good as the concept.
Bath’s only news café is a dinky little place with just a handful of tables, plus a counter facing out onto the street through the large front window – a perfect spot for people-watching, if you need a little distraction from The Economist. Inside, it’s a warm and friendly space with some cute touches – newsprint wallpaper, funky red lamps with exposed bulbs hanging over the coffee counter – and cheery staff who obviously know their regulars well.
|A properly hearty vegetarian Full English|
Having tucked ourselves away at a cosy corner table, we perused the menu, and ordered a skinny latte and French toast with yoghurt and berry compote (for me) and a veggie full English with a pot of tea (for my dining companion). Service was very speedy, and the veggie breakfast in particular looked and smelled extremely appetising, with fresh avocado and braised spinach providing a welcome splash of green alongside the usual fry-up goodies of baked beans, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, fried eggs and toast. My French toast, meanwhile, was lavishly topped with billowing clouds of yoghurt and deep purple berry compote, but I have to admit that the first few bites were a little disappointing, with the bread turning out to be rather stale – full credit to the staff though, they immediately whipped it away and brought me another, much fresher and more delicious version, as well as a plate of pancakes with sliced banana and melting Nutella, which were absolutely scrumptious – the pancakes in particular were gorgeously light and fluffy.
|French toast with yoghurt & berry compote|
We were too busy chatting to get very far with the papers, but I’ll certainly be back for a solitary visit as I’ve got my eye on their fabulous-looking cake selection – and I hear the milkshakes are pretty damn good too. The highlight of breakfast for me was probably the veggie fry-up, which was delicious (and a good veggie breakfast can be hard to find) but I’d recommend the pancakes too.
Where’s your favourite spot in Bath for breakfast? I’m planning a future Sal’s Top Five Guide on the most important meal of the day so leave me a comment and let me know!