A few days prior to visiting Cafe Liaison for breakfast, I walked through Tavistock town centre and saw the Goose Fair preparations in full flow. Upon the pavements of Plymouth Road, council workmen had scratched in chalk the numbered outlines of where each stall would sit; the first fairground rides were installed outside the lovely town hall; caravans were being pitched by the river. Ah, I thought to myself, the calm before the storm.
And I was right, just not about the nature of the storm coming the town's way.
For it wasn't Goose Fair, as I'd imagined, but something the Met Office called Callum that ripped through Tavistock later that week. An unfriendly visitor, who drenched the streets in the kind of rainfall that makes people think twice about venturing into town. Working here, I had no choice but to do so, although I managed a quick breakfast as a rare treat before the daily grind began.
Cafe Liaison is a lovely little venue, almost Parisian in feel when people sit outside on a mild, spring day. Friday, and the rain falling like Lucifer from the heavens, it was cosy and safe inside.
The service was friendly, the welcome warm and informal, and the tea as good as it should be in England. Forget coffee, she is a passing fancy, an exotic mistress to tempt the easily-lured. We are English and tea is our national drink. It's probably what Shakespeare drank when penning his sonnets. Forget also for a moment this whimsical prose. They brew a damn good cup of the stuff here!
Breakfast was excellent, too. Delicious. Poached eggs, crispy bacon and a hill of fresh mushrooms, served upon toasted granary bread. A simple dish, but a great one. The food was cooked to perfection, and the portions so generous I couldn't finish my meal.
It was a smashing start to an otherwise normal day of work. A cheery, warming way to chase the storm and its misery away. I'll be back.
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