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“These are a few of my favourite things...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Cook Book

The Cook Book
4 Cape Cornwall Street, St Just, England
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Ranked #2 of 12 restaurants in St Just
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Caterham, England, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“These are a few of my favourite things...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

So if you're in Cornwall for a week, you HAVE to have at least one cream tea - it would rude not to... We were staying in the next village and stumbled across The Cook Book quite by chance. A second hand bookshop that is also a purveyor of cakes and cream teas? - bliss - my two favourite things.

The first time we called in it was late morning so it was snack o'clock and I had the cream tea whilst other half went for treacle tart with clotted cream. When they arrived, both sets of greedy eyes were on stalks. Not one but two hot and delicious fruit scones AND a saffron cake the size of a baby's head; enough clotted cream to give half population for a small town cholesterol issues.. all accompanied by a very fine jam.

We returned with a local friend on our last morning for breakfast before our 7 hour drive back to London. Again, insane portion sizes and everything was delicious. To be honest there was one snag over my friends mushrooms which she didn't feel had been cooked to her taste. The waitress could not have been more helpful and whisked the offending fungi away, returning shortly thereafter with another portion cooked to instructions. So often, anywhere can have a problem - it's how it's dealt with that counts and The Cook Book was first rate. When we get back down to West Cornwall we will be back. How could we not?

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Try the cheesy garlic beans!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Well - this is a big thank you to all the others who reviewed this great café. They were completely right - this is a great place. All the food we tried was great but without doubt the new culinary experience was the cheesy garlic beans - they are heaven so do yourself a favour and give them a go. If you go for 2 slices of toast, make sure you are hungry as the portions are generous. The staff are great, the atmosphere lovely - so go.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very good cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

We called in during a day trip to the west based on the Trip Adviser reviews. We weren't disappointed. Keeping in mind were you are, it isn't large - the tables were full so we ate at the community bench. The food, coffee, tea, and service were all very good.

Visited September 2013
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“Good Choice for Morning Snack”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Had just done a walk along the coast and was in need of refreshment. Great choice of food and although not cheap I must admit you get what you pay for. What we saw and tasted was excellent and easy to see why there was no empty tables!

Visited September 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“A Place to Rest and Enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Ahhh, the Cook Book! I only wish I had used it more often when I lived in the area. It was lovely to revisit and find it just the same, good quality fare and buried in books! The cakes are to die for, the snacks are delicious and the staff helpful and friendly as are the proprietors. They produced a book about the place with recipes but sadly, it won't be reprinted. How lucky am I to acquire one of the last copies!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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