Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published June 17th 2013
Very Highly Recommended Indeed
Noted English author and part-time amateur spy, Somerset Maugham was of the opinion that in order to eat well in England one should have breakfast three times a day.
While that totally ignores roast beef and Yorkshire pud, there is more than a wisp of truth in it.
Certainly you would have to be hard of heart to hear the words 'Full English Breakfast' without at least a twitch of anticipation.
Now, a small restaurant has opened in Guildford Village called 'Little Guildford' which offers all day breakfasts until 3pm. As no sacrifice is too great on your behalf, dear reader, we went to sample the delights of breakfast.
The restaurant is described as small and so it is, comparatively, but only comparatively. There are two rooms inside and several tables outside under cheerful umbrellas where you may eat with your leashed canine companion.
On this particular lovely sunny Sunday morning the place was jumping and I was very glad we had booked.
James had the Eggs Benedict ($16) with smoked salmon, although he could have had grilled bacon or smoked ham.
Eggs Benedict is reputedly named after a stockbroker, Lemuel Benedict, and is just about the perfect breakfast. An English muffin, poached eggs, bacon and Hollandaise sauce. Done badly, it's vile, done well it's divine. Little Guildford's was divinity itself. I have never seen such perfection in a poached egg, and the sauce was immaculate.
Service, considering the crush, was swift, polite and efficient.
Our drinks came with the meal, as they should, and I was happy to see plenty of sugar straws on the table. Ice water was plentiful and replenished as required without us having to say anything.
In fact over-all the service was superb and worthy of any restaurant.
My own Big Breakfast ($22), a modest plate of bacon, grilled, sausages, tomatoes slow roasted, home-made potato cakes, more of those wonderful poached eggs and mushrooms, was magnificent.
The eggs are obviously free-range, going by the deep golden, almost orange, colour of the yokes and the rich taste. All the dishes were supremely well-cooked and the poached eggs the best I've ever seen or tasted.
Little Guildford is also open on a few nights for dinner (soon to include more) and I had a look at the dinner menu.
Now, usually when you look at a menu there are some dishes that look interesting, some that look challenging and one or two that say 'eat me'. Little Guildford's dinner menu is the first I've seen in a long time where every dish screams 'Don't look at them, try me'. Seafood chowder, lamb shank, fillet, risotto and atlantic salmon, all clamouring for attention.
I must go back, often, to sample and try all these dishes. If breakfast is anything to go by, it will be a treat to remember. (Watch this space)