Best breakfast *ever* at The Old Post Office, Wargrave
So it was yet another grim ‘n’ grey rainy weekend back in January, but refusing to be defeated by the British weather I chucked the Muddy family in their wellies, lobbed them in the car, and before any of them realised the X-Box controller was no longer in their sticky little mitts, we were heading to Wargrave on a recce.
We lived in Wargrave for a couple of years but it’s been a while since I’ve re-visited and every time I drive through something new and groovy has popped up. Including the gorgeous Robin’s Nest Gallery, ideal for a half hour mooch about with all its tempting bits and pieces. Anyway, I’d heard great things about a quirky little café, The Old Post Office on Wargrave High Street, so we hit it for a late breakfast (I called to check and they serve breakfast all day – how sensible is that?)
Easy to miss because the signage isn’t great, but there’s a pay and display car park tucked behind The Greyhound pub (turn left at the traffic lights/Greyhound if you’re coming from Henley or right at the lights/Bull Inn pub if you’re coming from Twyford). The cafe is a two minute walk back round, bang in the centre of the high street.
I got excited as soon as we opened the door because you know when a place just has ‘it’ without seemingly any effort – it just does. If I were a certain person with a high waistband and celebrity teeth I’d send this place flying through to boot camp.
Decor-wise there’s a ‘Cool Granny 1930s front room’ vibe going on (if that’s ‘a thing’) with stripped floorboards, mismatched wooden chairs and tables, well-loved sofas, shelves of books, art deco touches, quirky wallpaper and knick knacks. It had a simple charm, bags of personality and felt warm and welcoming. I loved it.
Dogs are welcome and there were two or three curled round their owners’ feet or just padding about. Our Muddy mascot, Digby, was in his element as he loves the buzz of a café and knows he’s quids in because half the children’s food normally ends up on the floor.
The cafe does breakfast, lunch and cake (oh boy does it do cake!). You order at the till and the menu is pleasantly uncomplicated. We were planning on a big yomp later so we all went for the full English. Now, I’d heard about these breakfasts before – they’ve become a bit of an urban legend. In that they are MAHOOSIVE! I can report back – they are indeed whopping. Prepare the stretcher.
There are two sizes – the full, see above in all its glory (£10) and the smaller (£7.50). Me and the fidgets went for the smaller option, while Mr P took on the challenge. The portions are crazy huge and adults could easily share a big breakfast, while children share the smaller version.
I asked Karin the owner about it – surely she should cut costs and make them smaller – but she said most people did tend to finish them – apparently there are some hearty appetites in Wargrave! We however were well and truly beaten.
There’s lots more to try on the breakfast menu so next time I’m going to go ‘lighter’ with eggs on toast, or maybe the French toast with berries and maple syrup or the poached duck egg with avocado… the things I DO for you.
Lunch is ‘create your own’ sandwich, wrap or baguette with all manner of fillings from salmon to gherkins to mixed meats or a classic egg mayo. And then there’s the cake. Boom! Check these out – Karin (who has been in catering for years, and it shows) bakes them herself and they are all utterly delumptious.
Despite hardly being able to walk, we decided to get some cake to take away for later. Please don’t judge, this is my job. We went for lemon meringue pie, pear and almond, chocolate and hazelnut, and a gluten-free brownie (because you know, I’m all about balance). All seriously good.
So has The Old Post Office become the beating heart of this little village? I really think it has. The staff are friendly and charming, Karin is quite frankly a machine given how much she does in the kitchen single-handedly and the place was full of locals when we visited – an absolute winner.
Perfect for a lazy Saturday morning breakfast, a quick lunchtime sandwich with a friend, coffee and cake with the mums and kids after school… any excuse really. Just get yourself there and let me know if you manage that full English (respect if you do).
The Old Post Office, 55 High Street, Wargrave RG10 8BU. www.theoldpostofficewargrave.co.uk