Sitting on the door step of the Swan Valley is historical Guildford. Did that sentence make you feel like Guildford sounded really far away? It’s not. It’s only around 15km from the city, so you won’t need a packed lunch for the trip out! It’s a beautiful suburb… but I may be a bit bias because I live there.
Padbury’s has been a Guildford fixture for years but underwent a renovation last year to polish up the beautiful floor boards, add a breakfast bar and generally a more sophisticated look. Outside booth seating is shaded and surrounded by luscious greenery. It makes for an oasis to enjoy breakfast and a bit of people watching.
Crema Coffee Roasters supply the beans here. As expected it makes for a great cuppa. There is also a selection of cold pressed juices and smoothies available. I love that the smoothies are piled high with fruit, nuts and shaved coconut. Makes a change from those ridiculous freak shakes that are polluting Instagram. You know the kind with half a bakery piled on top?
The menu is filled with all the usual breakfast suspects such as eggs benedict ($19) and house baked beans on toast ($16). Then there are the more interesting choices such as crispy pancake and prawn omelette ($22), and wild mushrooms on sourdough ($19) served with basil pesto, poached eggs and smoked paprika.
If you’re a pancake lover, the offering here has to be on your list to try. A stack of thick buttermilk pancakes ($18) is served with lemon curd, honeycomb, meringue and coconut. These are the lightest, fluffiest pancakes I have EVER eaten; like eating chiffon cake. At first, it seems like this dish would be a sugar overload but the tart lemon curd cut through the sweetness. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit and coconut added crunch, and a chunk of honeycomb perched on top finished off this gem of a dish.
If you’re after something a little different to the usual omelette offering, then this one is worth a try. The Thai influenced crispy pancake with prawn omelette was served with a salad and zingy nahm jim. This is a breakfast with enough chilli kick to wake you up, but not so much it sends you home with mouth ulcers. Prawns were plump and plentiful making it worth the $22. The real star was the crispy pancake. It’s a common street food in Thailand and made what is “just an omelette” into a first class brekky.
Guildford is a great place to visit for more than Padbury’s. There is the newly finished Guildford Hotel, Alfreds Burgers, the Swan Valley (hello… wine tasting after breakfast!?) and plenty of antique shops to find weird and wonderful trinkets in. Come for breakfast… stay for lunch!
114 Terrace Road, Guildford
Breakfast served Tues to Sun 7.30am–11.30am