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Germaine Greer once famously complained that there was nowhere in Stratford to get a decent breakfast. As a Stratford resident and a worker-from-home (and therefore in need of regular distraction), I’d really have to beg to differ.

Saturday mornings are my favourite time for a leisurely cup of coffee, a newspaper and of course, a really excellent bacon sandwich. It’s also market day, which means that my favourite cafe – McKechnies on the market square at Rother Street – is usually crammed with people who know how delicious their breakfasts are. The cafe prides itself on using only local ingredients and their thick sliced granary toast is a treat, as are their soft, white rolls stuffed with sausage, bacon, egg or tomato. Heaven.

Brunch at Vintners on Sheep Street is legendary and a real indulgence, especially creamy scrambled eggs on toast – with smoked salmon if you’re feeling really decadent.  Vintners’ coffee is a proper, heady Italian brew that really sets you up for the day. Or there’s Bensons, in the arcade off Henley Street, where the cakes and pastries defy description and champagne is an optional extra. Or a little later, the Bancroft Gardens tearoom near the river serves some of the best cakes in town.

Before the building work began one of my favourite places to sit with a cuppa was the riverside cafe at the theatre, watching the ducks go by. One of the best things about seeing the new theatre almost finished is the thought that, come next year, the cafe with the best view in town will be back.

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