Hartley’s Cafe lies Carlton Street right on the confluence of Broad Street, Goose Gate, and Stoney Street., and is as they say in their own words “In the Heart of Hockley”
I had been walking past over recent months, often mid morning on a weekend and had seen loads of people sitting in the window eating a big old full English. I wanted to be with them so I vowed to come in to Town and get my self a place at the table and a brekkie.
There was only one thing on my mind as I perused the Breakfast menu at Hartley’s and that was the “All Day Breakfast” which was listed as “2 Bacon, 2 Sausage, Egg, Tomatoes, Beans, Mushroom and Toast” for £6.45
Even though it was my plan to get the All Day Breakfast, I did like that the other two main options were Vegetarian, and Vegan. No after thoughts here, although I was curious as to the omission of a vegan or vegetarian bacon alternative, even if that meant you got three sausages instead 🙂
All Day Breakfast
The All Day Breakfast at Hartleys is certainly a very substantial and decent plateful of food. They made sure that they filled up all of the plate and were even stacking stuff onto the rim.
It really took a bit of effort to eat it all, well not a huge effort as in a chore, more of a ‘head down and go for it’ kind of effort.
Highlights were the bacon, egg, and the toast. I really liked the wholemeal toast and butter, usually that is a bit of an afterthought in my world of breakfast, but here at Hartley’s it was really good. So much so that I would quite fancy just popping in for scrambled eggs on toast one day instead.
As usual the beans were in a pot that I then had to pour out, more washing up (but not for me). Once that was done then the plate looked a lot more ‘breakfasty’
The sausages were firm and meaty, I would say about halfway along the sausage spectrum above catering level, just below gourmet. The button mushrooms were plentiful and welcomed, but I wasn’t sure about how they were cooked. I ate them anyway, I always do.
All in all there was nothing to complain about and plenty to enjoy so I was a happy camper.
I last wrote about Hartley’s in 2012 (read more here) when I was having a panini. It my memory I was sure that I had scoffed a breakfast at some point or other and had written about it, but when I looked back over the years, I realised that this was a place missing from the list of Nottingham Breakfasts on the blog so I needed to rectify the glaring gap in breakfast documentation.
I was pleased to see that they still have all the baguettes, sandwiches and toasties. I was thinking that if I wasn’t having a breakfast I might try out the Triple Decker Club Sandwich for £4.95 with ‘Bacon, Chicken, Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce and Mayo’ but only if the bread was toasted 🙂
I like Hartley’s and judging by all the people I see crammed in there at the weekends and well any other day that I am in town, I figure that the rest of you are pretty keen on the place too
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