The Big Bang, Walton St - NOW CLOSED
There are several versions of the All Day available, hidden away in the menus which are stuck inside old hardback novels. I think the novels we had were chosen more for their looks than their literary merits, but across the cafe we could hear people deciding what to have interspersed with short readings...
Anyway, the breakfast comes in Big, Baby and Veggie varieties. My co-breakfaster and I chose the Big and a gluten-free version of the Baby. We both got bacon, grilled tomato, beans, sauteed mushrooms and tea or coffee. Where I got one fried egg and one sausage he got two, and he also got fruit juice and toast. My sausage was not the usual Cumberland, but a gluten-free venison sausage.
Normally both breakfasts come with hash brown, but they couldn't guarantee gluten-free-ness so his did and mine didn't. Instead I ordered chips, for which I was not charged extra, either through kindness to special diets or through happy oversight! The chips tasted very home-made, and were much appreciated.
I'm not normally much of a mushroom fan but these were delicious! Delicately herbed, and cooked to an ideal mushroom texture. The venison sausage is a hearty beast, and nicely robust of taste. It may not be standard breakfast fare but went down very well. Everything was well but not over cooked, and despite my breakfast being officially small we did not quite manage to finish everything between us.
Coffee drinkers seem to do better than the tea drinkers, as I got a whole cafetiere, while the tea drinker got a small teapot. It is possible that he might have got a refill had we asked. As it was he cheerfully moved onto the coffee once the tea was gone. There was plenty to send both of us buzzing into the world again.
We felt extremely well-fed, and All Day is right - after this meal at around noon we only just managed supper at around 11 after a busy afternoon and an evening at the theatre. For £11.90 between us we reckoned that wasn't bad. All in all highly recommended, as long as you've got some time afterwards to lounge around and digest!