We tried the cooked breakfast at the hidden gem cafe on a Bristol trading estate

Most of its customers are the scaffolders, builders and mechanics working nearby
Cater Road Cafe serves a range of breakfast and lunch dishes in the middle of a trading estateCater Road Cafe serves a range of breakfast and lunch dishes in the middle of a trading estate
Cater Road Cafe serves a range of breakfast and lunch dishes in the middle of a trading estate

Unless you already know it, you’re unlikely to stumble across the Cater Road Cafe as it’s so tucked away off the beaten track.

It’s also a cafe that seems to have a slightly confusing identity problem as it’s also known as The Full House, and some locals refer to it as Bakers Cafe. Tap in ‘cafe’ and ‘BS13’ on your phone and you’re likely to see all three names pop up.

Surrounded by scaffolding businesses, builders, removals firms and repair garages on the Cater Road business park (or the trading estate in old money) in Bishopsworth, this transport cafe certainly has a captive audience of local traders.

It’s a spacious cafe with an open kitchen behind the counter, well spaced tables and a huge whiteboard menu with handwritten prices.

Most of the clientele are the hundreds of people working on the trading estate, as well as hungry parents dropping off their kids to the nearby dance school.

It’s also convenient for early morning workers on their way to work at the Imperial Retail Park, a five-minute walk away.

We were greeted by the reassuring sizzle of bacon on the griddle and one of the all-female kitchen team was peeling and chopping spuds destined for the fried potatoes served as standard on the breakfast dishes, as well as homemade chips for lunchtime meals.

The breakfasts come in three different sizes, the largest being the Bumper (£8) with two bacon rashers, two sausages, two eggs, beans, tomatoes, fried potatoes, toast, mushrooms, black pudding and tea or coffee.

The medium-sized breakfast is £7 but I went for the small £6 version, which judging by the crossed out prices next to it, has gone up £1 thanks to the cost of living crisis.

My breakfast arrived ten minutes after ordering and I could see it being cooked from scratch in the open-view kitchen.

The small breakfast served at Cater Road CafeThe small breakfast served at Cater Road Cafe
The small breakfast served at Cater Road Cafe

There was a slice of thick back bacon, a plump sausage, glossy beans, cooked tomatoes, fried egg with perfectly runny yolk, crisp and greaseless fried potatoes, with buttered toast and strong builder’s tea served in a chipped Cadbury’s Mini Egg mug.

Open from 7am through to just after lunchtime, cooked breakfasts are the main draw but there is a huge choice of other items, including hot sandwiches, toasties, omelettes and ‘lunches’ including cheeseburger, chips and salad for £6.50 and two eggs, chips and beans for £4.50.

There aren’t many cafes like this left in Bristol and they need to be supported before they’re all gone.

It might be hard to find - and have a confusing name situation - but the Cater Road Cafe is well worth seeking out and long may it thrive.

Cater Road Cafe, Bakers Park, Cater Road, Bristol, BS13 7TT.

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