For the second year running, a Cornish café, takeaway and food shop has been awarded both a Travellers’ Choice award by Trip Advisor and a gold award from Taste of the West. The TripAdvisor award is given to “restaurants that consistently deliver amazing experiences”.
According to TripAdvisor, this award puts Truro’s Bread & Butter “in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide”.
Where TripAdvisor relies on the reviews of customers, Taste of the West relies on the judgement of experienced, well-informed and impartial judges, who tour the region assessing hospitality establishments, and is therefore seen by many as the highest level of critique of such places in the Westcountry.
In their report, the judges spoke of Bread & Butter’s “commitment to local sourcing”, citing especially the use of St Mawes eggs, Rodda’s butter and milk, and Kittow’s ham and bacon.
The report went on to talk about the “varied menu and [they] loved that all the dishes were very healthy but without compromising on their delicious flavour”.
Judges went on to describe the staff as “friendly and welcoming” and “checked with everyone if any diners had allergies, which was a nice touch which many premises don’t bother with”.
Kate and Charlie Snell, who have owned the business since 2019 said “we are so utterly chuffed to win these awards again, for the second year running, and the third year for the TripAdvisor award. Our wonderful team work so hard, every day, to make sure our customers’ trip here is the best part of their day – and this is a well-deserved pat on their backs”.
It’s fair to say that Bread & Butter has been at the forefront of turning Truro into a city where café culture is just as important as shopping and a theatre visit to the Hall for Cornwall. The business has been such a success in just three years – two of which were blighted by the Covid pandemic – that it has opened a shop on the other side of River Street offering Origin coffee, pastries and cakes, deli items for lunch and supper, and a range of rather cool gifts.
So what do you get for your buck? It’s hard to beat the yoghurt bowl for breakfast or brunch (which runs until 11.45am or 1.15pm on Sunday) – thick Greek (or vegan) yoghurt, topped with house redberry compote, home-made gluten-free granola, fresh berries, sliced banana and toasted seeds for £5.95.
Though the real winner with customers tends to be Bread & Butter’s American pancakes – a stack of fluffy pancakes made with free-range eggs and low-fat buttermilk with a range of flavours, including Rodda’s butter and pure maple syrup, Blueberries, strawberries and pure maple syrup, Cornish caramel, choc chip & banana and Lemon drizzle and blueberry. Prices depend on the stackage. Are you brave enough to go for a pile of six?
The great thing about Bread & Butter is, yes, you can fill up on the sweet stuff (I’d recommend the ‘cinnamon thingy’ bun) or a giant St Agnes Bakery sausage roll, but mostly you will be eating dishes which scream ‘healthy’ while not losing any flavour.
The frittata – made with St Mawes egg, Cornish potato, leek, spring onion, spinach, cherry tomato, red pepper, feta courgette and herbs with a little salad – is always a good bet at £6.20. Though my new love are the Alpine potatoes – Cornish potatoes with melted cheese and for a little extra, topped with chopped chorizo and gherkins. Served with a side salad and Bread & Butter’s homemade and homely coleslaw, it’s a delicious dish which (I suspect and hope) won’t pile on the pounds.
With a great range of hot, cold and alcoholic drinks (the smoothies are particularly good) and a range of tray bakes including the brownies the café’s also famous for, you can’t go wrong. There’s the added bonus, if you book in time or get lucky, of sitting in one of the covered booths outside – one of the few places in Truro where you can relax and dine al fresco. There are blankets for when the October wind starts to bite.
My only slight moan is that the last couple of times I’ve used their online booking system to nab a table (it gets busy, so you’re advised to book in advance) I’ve turned up or checked by phone to find it hasn’t worked. A small niggle, but I’d telephone to make sure, as I had to find another venue on the first occasion (which was the Wig & Pen across the road, which is also doing great things in the city).
It’s easy to see why Bread & Butter has proved an award winner – it’s definitely one of THE reasons to come to Truro these days.