I've enjoyed several lunches at this charming up-market looking/feeling café, but was disappointed with their English breakfast, which unfortunately had more similarity with a roadside greasy spoon offering. I had expected may be one good quality sausage and similar quality bacon plus eggs etc. Instead I had two rather poor quality mass-catering style sausages accompanied by truly bland tasteless limp bacon and awash with beans. The two eggs were fine though. The emphasis seemed to be on plait-fill rather than a tasty, wholesome breakfast, but to be fair if judged by quantity alone it was reasonable value. Disappointing long-life orange juice, as opposed to freshly squeezed or even 'Tropicana fresh-ish' juice, joined the list.
One could rightly say that a full English breakfast is not what one would usually expect from a French-leaning eatery so what does one expect? Well may be so. I don't want to be too harsh as I otherwise like this café, which really does add to the lovely 'feel' of Wimborne town. All that said, I think that La Vie en Rose should be raising the bar a bit if they want to offer an English breakfast. Why not a plump single good quality tasty sausage, instead of two naff sausages, and local full-flavour dry cured bacon (which hasn't been stuffed with water) from our local butcher, plus a single large field mushroom, fried bread & an egg, as one would usually expect form an establishment seemingly catering for the more discerning clientele? I for one would happily pay more for reasonable quality for we all want this valuable addition to our town to flourish.
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