Monday, 6 February 2017

Scooters Cafe - Acle

The Street
Acle
Norfolk
NR13 3QJ

Breakfast served all day

Opening times 
Monday to Friday - 8.00am til 4.00pm 
Saturday - 8.30am till 4.00pm
Sunday - 9.30am till 2.30pm

Free parking available at Recreation Centre  

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Scooters Cafe can be found on The Street in Acle, it was very easy to find.




As soon as I arrived in Acle there were signs directing me to the nearby car park on Bridewell Lane. You can park there for free for up to 2 hours.




The scooter theme is apparent as soon as you enter with Lambretta and Vespa posters hanging from the walls. 




More scooter memorabilia can be seen in this display case, there's also an impressive selection of cakes and sausage rolls on offer.




The breakfasts are reasonably priced and available all day. I liked the option to add an additional item but deciding which one to choose wasn't easy!




I usually have a cappuccino with breakfast but fancied tea instead today.





A nice mug of tea with the teabag left in cost just £1.25 and arrived with a biscuit. I was really liking this place already!




A neatly presented selection of good quality sauces and condiments can be found on each table. 



When the food arrived it was certainly a beautiful sight! Toast is included in the price, you can choose between brown or white and it comes with real butter and marmalade.




This breakfast definitely deserved a birds eye shot.




I was quite surprised to discover these were Archers sausages, I would never have guessed at the time as they looked different when deep fried.




Once cut into the sausages revealed a nice meaty texture and superb flavour.




I couldn't resist ordering some black pudding too.




The sauteed potatoes here are really nice.




Some excellent bacon and the beans were cooked until the sauce thickens.




I chose bubble and squeak as my extra item, a very wise decision indeed!




Seasoned tomatoes and a great pair of fried eggs.




Just look at that yolk, these free range eggs had so much flavour! 




I'd heard about Scooters Cafe in Acle sometime ago now and had planned on visiting if I ever happened to be passing. This plan changed though on 8th January when Ashton Skene posted a photo of his breakfast at Scooters Cafe onto my facebook page, it looked so good! I definitely needed to make a trip out to Acle to check it out myself. I eventually decided to visit on a Friday after I'd finished work at lunchtime, ideal as they were serving the breakfast all day. From leaving work I was in Acle about 20 minutes later, the free car park was well signposted and just around the corner I could see the cafe in the distance...

Upon entering - The cafe is quite small but once inside I spotted more seating up the steps in the counter area, I also overhead somebody mention seating in the rear. If the weather is warm enough there's always the option of sitting outside too, I'm sure this is a popular spot in the summer. The red, white and black interior looks superb, the aluminium stripe along the wall and chrome furniture give it a really clean and modern look. The scooter theme has been done really well with a selection of large Vespa posters on the wall, memorabilia in the display case and Lambretta mugs. The tables have a decent selection of quality sauces, salt, pepper and sugar neatly huddled together in a chrome rack so no waiting around for sauces to arrive here! It's full table service so just find a seat and relax, somebody will soon be over to take your order. This place had a really nice feel to it, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the world go by as I sat with my mug of tea waiting for the food to arrive. 9/10

Service - The service here was excellent and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I placed my order and was given the choice of white or brown toast. I ordered an additional item (black pudding) and only realised when writing this that I didn't get charged for it so thanks for that! The tea arrived with the tea bag left in so I could choose my desired strength and a biscuit perched on the edge of the saucer, both nice touches. I was offered the wifi password which was really handy as my phone signal in Acle wasn't very strong at all. There was just enough time for a quick look on facebook and twitter before my food arrived. The plates were claered away after I'd finished eating and I paid at the counter on my way out. 9/10

Contents - 2 sausages, 2 bacon, black pudding, bubble and squeak, sauteed potatoes, 2 fried eggs, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes and toast. 9/10

Presentation - The breakfast was served on a large white plate and the food covered it entirely. One of the sausages had split (possibly been deep fried) and the black pudding was crumbling slightly but everything else was looking in good shape. 8/10

The food - I was curious about the sausages and couldn't identify them at the time, I later discovered they were from my favourite butchers in Norwich, Archers. They tasted superb but seemed a tad drier than usual, possibly due to being deep fried. The bacon was excellent with plenty of flavour, perfect between some buttered toast with a squirt of Heinz ketchup. Bubble and squeak is a rare treat so I was delighted to see it on the menu, a decent sized slab is served up here and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Something else I don't come across very often is sauteed potatoes, they were delicious with a golden crisp outside and fluffy centre. The tomato was seasoned and flavoursome, the beans were served in a nice thick sauce and the mushrooms appeared deep fried. One thing that really stood out on this breakfast was how much flavour the free range eggs had, the runny yolks were a nice deep yellow and on top of some buttered toast they were a real joy to eat. 8/10

Value for money - The large all day breakfast which includes toast costs £8.75, add a mug of tea at £1.25 and you've definitely spent £10 wisely. The portions are generous and the food is delicious. 8/10

Veggie option - 2 vegetarian sausages, 2 eggs, mushrooms, sauteed potatoes, tomato, beans and toast (with either) hash browns, extra sauteed potatoes or bubble and squeak. £7.25.

Overall - If you live in Acle then you're lucky to have such a decent local cafe serving a great breakfast. If you don't live in Acle then I suggest making a trip out there, it was just a 20 minute drive from Norwich and a similar distance from Yarmouth. The cafe has heaps of character, the staff are friendly, the food is very good and the portions are generous. I'm glad I finally made a trip out to Scooters Cafe and would definitely return again. 8.5/10 





4 comments:

  1. I was very impressed at first glance, nice big plateful, bit like a Little Chef Olympic breakfast. However on further inspection I was disappointed to see the deep fried food. A split sausage to me means all its natural juices have been lost, deep fried mushrooms is an absolute no no and the black pudding looks overcooked...surely not deep fried too! The rest looks great, perfect eggs, nice bacon, beans and tomatoes, just a tad more effort needed to make it a great brekko.

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  2. Agree with Vinnie, mushrooms absolutely drink oil when fried as it is, deep frying them sounds awful! :( My wife cooks mushrooms by slicing them thickly, putting them in a dish with some soy sauce and a little water, cover the dish and then microwave them for a few minutes. I know, microwaved mushrooms SOUND as bad as deep fried ones, but then result tastes surprisingly good, don't knock it until you've tried it!

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  3. Been here twice now... Can't wait for third visit. The breakfast bap could feed two and the ingredients are great quality. Agree with the eggs comment... Lovely. The coffee is the icing on the cake. Best Coffee I've had anywhere

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