Believe it or not, but people travel far and wide for the right brunch offering.
That’s right, not breakfast, not lunch, but that ‘in between’ meal that’s becoming increasingly popular for those who like to eat out.
Sitting beside one of Nuneaton’s busiest roads and in the shadows of one of its most iconic landmarks is a venue that’s breaking its way into the brunch market.
Rhubarb and Mustard, based in the Chilvers Coton Craft Centre off Avenue Road, has welcomed back customers to dine at its outdoor seating area. It’s a cute, well-created space using industrial-sized reels, barrels and pallets to create a rustic, but comfortable place to dine.
My booking was for 11am and, blissfully, the sun was shining with a slight nip in the air. Having reserved a table for me and my daughter using their online app, I was welcomed upon arrival and taken to our reserved spot, right next to the cafe.
First impressions were good but only excellent food will keep people coming back for repeat visits.
The brunch menu is presented to me and it is sizeable and loaded with intriguing options.
Smashed avocado on thick doorstep toast topped with two poached eggs and homemade syrup glazed mushrooms appealed as did their pancakes which can be topped with Nutella and bananas or crispy bacon and syrup.
Dirty eggs delight
My order was for ‘dirty eggs’ which promised messy scrambled eggs topped with crispy bacon, mushrooms and lashings of melted mature cheddar cheese served with two slices of doorstep toast, which came in at £6.75. A list of extra toppings is eight items long, so we threw in two hashbrowns for good measure (50p each) and a flat white from their drinks menu (£2.40).
The coffee was out in no time at all as the outdoor space steadily filled up with a couple of young women arriving for their brunch and a group of senior citizens who’d arrived on their bikes.
In under ten minutes my meal was served. A large dinner plate struggled to contain four generously-sized slices of already-buttered bread which sat on the perimeter of a small pan containing my ‘dirty eggs’.
It’s immediately appealing on the eye. The pale yellows of scrambled eggs sat in contrast to the darker hue of melted cheese, which was broken up by chunks of bacon and a generous amount of herbs and seasoning.
Before combining with the bread I plunged my fork in for a taste of the eggy treat, and it was just that, a treat. Something indulgent, which combined perfectly-cooked eggs with cheesy goodness. It wasn’t soggy or overpowering and was the right temperature. It was that tasty, I could’ve happily scooped it clean from the dainty little pan it was served in rather than bring bread into the equation.
But doing so made this more of a meal, that still leaned on the lighter side compared to a heavy breakfast or a weighty lunch.
It was a refined, sophisticated take on scrambled eggs on toast. The kind of brunch you could enjoy in nearby towns and cities but likely pay a lot more for the privilege.
The service was open, engaging and informative while being Covid-19 compliant and the overall experience was one that put a smile on my face for the day ahead, without leaving me too full so that I needed nap!
From May 17, Rhubard and Mustard, which is close to Coton Arches and the Pingles Athletics Stadium, will be welcoming dine-in customers within the cafe area, but if you don’t want to wait until then, booking an outdoor table is super-easy through its website.
They also offered a wide range of food boxes that include afternoon tea, brunch, cheesy chunk n’dunk, sugar rush treat, vegan, Netflix & fill movie night and birthday – but these are subject to change.
Rhubard and Mustard is a hidden gem in Nuneaton. They call themselves a ‘continuously evolving cafe led by committed staff’. The evidence is there for you to see and taste for yourself next time you’re in the mood for a late morning feed or fancy treating a loved one, family member, friend or yourself – while gaining that satisfaction of supporting a local business.
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