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(Taylor Swift) – Lower Barn Farm, Wickford

A few friends have noticed my recent ‘Breakfast’ based writings, and have suggested suitable venues to explore.

Outside Lower Barn Cafe @ tolfalas.com

Outside Lower Barn Cafe

Several people extolled the virtues of the café at the Lower Barn Farm garden centre, on the A129 between Wickford and Rayleigh, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Inside Lower Barn Cafe @ tolfalas.com

Inside Lower Barn Cafe

Their ‘English Breakfasts’ sound good, always a good benchmark, but I was tempted to try the Huevos Rancheros. It’s not something you see on menus that frequently, I’d last enjoyed them in Key West – at a café that claimed (don’t they all) to have been ‘Papa’ Hemingway’s favourite.

So Huevos Rancheros it was to be.

Or more accurately Huevo, as there was just one egg, with a tortilla wrap, resting on a hot skillet of onions and peppers.

Huevo Ranchero at Lower Barn Cafe @ tolfalas.com

Huevo Ranchero

The waitress warned me that it would be hot.

And it was. Not spicy, but mouth scorching, blistering, magma heated hot!

In all honesty, a little more spice, a bit less heat and another egg would have made this a great breakfast. I’ll go back and try a traditional full English as, from the menu, they look to be better value.

Still, change from a tenner, not too bad.

Rating: ★★★½☆