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Sal’s Kitchen reviews… Good Day Cafe

Good Day Cafe

I flipping love breakfast. I’m not sure I subscribe to the idea that it’s the most important meal of the day (that’s like choosing a favourite loved one, they’re all special to me for different reasons), but starting the day with a feast is fabulous. And going out for breakfast is particularly special – it’s a lovely, lazy, indulgent start to the day, to sit in a sunny café and treat yourself to something delicious.

Good Day Cafe
Coffee in a cosy corner

Good Day Café is just such a spot. Newly arrived in Bath, on the corner of Upper Borough Walls and New Bond St Place, it’s a pretty little thing, with cosy corner nooks full of fat velvet cushions, little succulents and trailing ivy, a big chimney breast transformed with blackboard paint to serve as the day’s menu, and wide windows to let the sunshine in. The colour palette is soft pinks, grey and white marble, and little hints of gold. It is, to be frank, very, very Instagrammable. But don’t be fooled into thinking this place is all style and no substance, because they’ve also got some fabulous food on offer – particularly when it comes to breakfast.

A pretty little posse of succulents on the staircase

I popped in last week on a lovely autumn morning to check that breakfast out for myself – the things I do for you guys, honestly. Having snagged myself a table in the sun by an open window, and with a latte in hand, I ordered two completely different breakfasts to try: a granola bowl with natural yoghurt, banana and honey, and the Boston beans on toast with cheese. I’ll be honest with you, when I go out for breakfast I want something fairly substantial, so the beans on toast is much more my usual thing – and when it arrived, I was immediately distracted by how completely delicious it smelled, so I tucked into that first. I think most of us can agree that when it comes to baked beans it can be hard to beat a tin of Heinz (foodie snobs be damned) but these were some seriously good beans, perfectly cooked in a thick, rich sauce, with tender little pieces of bacon mixed in. They came with two big doorsteps of sourdough toast, which was delicious (although the crusts were tooth-defeatingly chewy, often a problem with sourdough) and plenty of grated cheddar for sprinkling on top. Absolutely scrumptious – I’ll definitely be back for more.

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Banging Boston baked beans

Having polished off the beans, I turned to my second breakfast. As previously mentioned, if I’m going out for breakfast, I don’t usually bother to pick something especially healthy, so a granola bowl isn’t what I’d generally choose – but it just goes to show that sometimes you should break out of your usual habits, because this was another really delicious dish. The granola was full of crunchy oats and seeds, and honey had been mixed through it to achieve just the right level of sweetness. The combination of ripe banana, tangy natural yoghurt and granola was scrumptious, and even though I’d eaten quite a lot of beans by this point, I kept going back for one more spoonful.

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Gorgeous granola

Finally, to round off my meal, café owner Steph recommended a super latte – which is basically a frothy mug of warm milk with added superfood, in this case a choice of turmeric, matcha or beetroot. I know what you’re thinking, and I’ll be honest with you, I was quite sceptical too – it does sound like Instagram nonsense, and Steph tells me some people order them just to take pictures (especially the beetroot latte, which is undeniably pretty). However, I’m always keen to try something new, so I ordered a beetroot latte – and I’m glad I did, because I really liked it! Beetroot has a natural candy sweetness to it, so it can work really well in sweet dishes, and combined with warm frothy milk makes a lovely alternative to a traditional hot chocolate. I drank the whole thing, and I’d order it again. It’s hard to explain, really, so you’re just going to have to trust me on this one – when have I ever led you wrong? – and try it for yourself.

Good Day Cafe
Pretty in pink: I’m a new convert to the beetroot latte!

I’m happy to say that Good Day Café ticks all the boxes for me – it’s a beautiful space to hang out in, whether you’re meeting friends for lunch or just tucking yourself away in a corner with a good book. The menu is really good – I’m still thinking about those beans, and I love a place that can convert me to something new as well. The staff are lovely, smiley and welcoming. What more could you want?

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