Who needs to be a carnivore, when there's something called River Bank Toastie on offer at this fab little Bude eaterie? It was breakfast, lunch and tea rolled into one - protein, carbs, fibre and a little bit of lovely fattiness...and all exceeding tasty and beautifully presented. What could have turned out as just a plate of cheese on toast is a five-star meal here. Masterchef, eat yer heart out. So. Cornish cheese, walnut bread, yellow peppers, wild mushrooms from Liskeard (they sound like they've got attitude, but did let themselves melt in the mouth), a soft, runny poached egg on top, and a gorgeous golden sauce with wholegrain mustard. My sister raved about the crabcakes with chilli sauce and a nicely dressed, multi-leaf salad, while the juniors were kept quiet with a giant jacket potato packed with cheese and bacon bits, and a plain and simple bacon bap. With tea and juice, the bill came to £27 for four of us. What's more, and what's really important, the welcome is just how it should be - friendly - and the service impeccably polite and obliging from our two young waiters. Nice decor - though the giant flowers on the wallpaper look a bit like some French hotel from the 1970s - and a relaxed and undemanding "ambience". Plenty of parking space for customers, too. Just one more thing, as Columbo would say: wouldn't it be nice to dine while looking over the waters of Bude canal/river, instead of at a modern housing estate? Be a bit of a job to shift the kitchen now though, I guess. River Life is DEFINITELY a place we can take visitors to with absolute confidence. Just must get the authorities to link up Bude with Holsworthy and the Tarka Trail for us cyclists now!
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