Take note, please, that my visit was midweek during the Easter break, so the Handle Bar was probably much quieter than usual at breakfast time.
But that was fine for me - I had a sunny table for two to myself, overlooking the world going by below on Michael Street, and time to enjoy the cafe's quirky decor. The staff were sweet: very welcoming; quick to serve me and the other customers and then letting everyone take their time over eating.
It's an old building: cobbles on the ground floor which houses the bike shop and accessories shop: above it, the Handle Bar cafe, decorated with old bicycles hanging from the slat-boarded ceiling and behind the bar. Fun!
Breakfast for me was "Bennies": two perfectly poached eggs and a generous portion of smoked trout, all on a thick slab of good sourdough and coated with a proper dollop of unctuous & lemony hollandaise. It was *really* good! Not just delicious but also satisfying - as breakfast should be! It was £8, which made me hesitate at first, but having tried it, I'd be back for seconds in a heartbeat.
Next time, however, I'll try something other than the latte (£2.70), which was ... ok. Latte should still taste confidently of coffee; this one more suggested it meekly.
Cakes looked tempting; the kitchen was clearly well run and was taking in supplies as I left - boxes of avocadoes for their popular avo-toasts!