A303 Breakfast Stop

A303 Breakfast Stop

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Isaac Hunt

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12,856 posts

178 months

Saturday 9th May 2020
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Now Wayne's has closed, we need a good breakfast stop on our frequent Essex to Devon road trip. We normally leave Essex at 5.00 am to avoid the M25 car park and Stonehenge sillyness and Wayne's was perfect for us.

Any suggestions for somewhere close to Wayne's that opens early morning?

Pilotguy

339 posts

226 months

Saturday 9th May 2020
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Haynes Sparkford

Johnnytheboy

22,662 posts

153 months

Saturday 9th May 2020
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The "American Diner" nearer to the Sparkford Roundabout than Wayne's isn't bad.

Saleen836

8,898 posts

176 months

Saturday 9th May 2020
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Johnnytheboy said:
The "American Diner" nearer to the Sparkford Roundabout than Wayne's isn't bad.
I would say here also!

http://www.mattiadiner.co.uk/

Have eaten there often and the food is good and well priced

itcaptainslow

2,962 posts

103 months

Saturday 9th May 2020
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Saleen836 said:
Johnnytheboy said:
The "American Diner" nearer to the Sparkford Roundabout than Wayne's isn't bad.
I would say here also!

http://www.mattiadiner.co.uk/

Have eaten there often and the food is good and well priced
I'll remember that-I often drive down the A303 on the way to visit/collect a pal in Cornwall and need somewhere to stop. I've eaten at that American diner place (think it's called Route 303 or similar) and wasn't especially impressed!

Tim O

349 posts

136 months

Saturday 9th May 2020
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http://www.pipsrailwaycarriage.co.uk/

Just off the A303, between Yeovil and Ilminster. Well worth the very small detour (two minutes?). A real delight.

Isaac Hunt

Original Poster:

12,856 posts

178 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Saleen836 said:
I would say here also!

http://www.mattiadiner.co.uk/

Have eaten there often and the food is good and well priced
Doesn't open for breakfast frown

The Mad Monk

8,656 posts

84 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Tim O said:
http://www.pipsrailwaycarriage.co.uk/

Just off the A303, between Yeovil and Ilminster. Well worth the very small detour (two minutes?). A real delight.
Closed.

Isaac Hunt

Original Poster:

12,856 posts

178 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Tim O said:
http://www.pipsrailwaycarriage.co.uk/

Just off the A303, between Yeovil and Ilminster. Well worth the very small detour (two minutes?). A real delight.
We will try that for lunch. They don't seem to open early enough for breakfast.

We have been using the Toby Carvery at Ruishton. Nice and cheap, but not exactly quality.

The Mad Monk

8,656 posts

84 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Why doesn't someone just open a bog standard greasy spoon.

That's all you want, isn't it?

"Full English, please". "Oh! Better make that two".

sgrimshaw

6,846 posts

217 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Isaac Hunt said:
Doesn't open for breakfast frown
Not at the moment, but normally they do:

Opens at 8:00 Thursday to Sunday, 9:00 Monday to Wednesday.

Isaac Hunt

Original Poster:

12,856 posts

178 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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The Mad Monk said:
Why doesn't someone just open a bog standard greasy spoon.

That's all you want, isn't it?

"Full English, please". "Oh! Better make that two".
Indeed. You would think a busy road such as he A303 would have one. There was a little Chef on the A303/A358 roundabout, but that is now a Burger King.

Saleen836

8,898 posts

176 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Isaac Hunt said:
Saleen836 said:
I would say here also!

http://www.mattiadiner.co.uk/

Have eaten there often and the food is good and well priced
Doesn't open for breakfast frown
They serve breakfast 'till 11am, their normal opening hours are...
Sunday 8am–9pm
Monday 9am–9pm
Tuesday 9am–9pm
Wednesday 9am–9pm
Thursday 8am–10pm
Friday 8am–10pm
Saturday 8am–10pm

They are currently closed for obvious reasons and are doing take-away only within an 8 mile radius

The Mad Monk

8,656 posts

84 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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It wants someone to put these into some sort of, easy to find, geographically logical order.

https://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggbaconchipsand...

sgrimshaw

6,846 posts

217 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Isaac Hunt said:
We will try that for lunch. They don't seem to open early enough for breakfast.

We have been using the Toby Carvery at Ruishton. Nice and cheap, but not exactly quality.
God awful place.

Sounds like you're joining the M5 at J25.

Better option near there:

If "early" 8:00 onwards, go into Taunton, follow signs for the Cricket Ground, big Morrisons just after the Ground on the left. 2 miles or so from M5.

If the Toby is OK, then Morrisons should be perfectly acceptable too.

If a bit later, not sure if it opens at 9:00 or 9:30, then this never disappoints:

http://www.willowbrooknurseryandgardencentre.co.uk...

Literally, 5 mins from J26.

Not cheap, but really nice. Nice enough location for a rest stop too smile


Saleen836

8,898 posts

176 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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There is a transport cafe 5mins off the A303/A36 junction towards Warminster (Hillside cafe) opens from 6am Mon-Fri,good for a fry-up smile

Isaac Hunt

Original Poster:

12,856 posts

178 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Saleen836 said:
There is a transport cafe 5mins off the A303/A36 junction towards Warminster (Hillside cafe) opens from 6am Mon-Fri,good for a fry-up smile
Brilliant. We will check this out.

The Mad Monk

8,656 posts

84 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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Saleen836 said:
There is a transport cafe 5mins off the A303/A36 junction towards Warminster (Hillside cafe) opens from 6am Mon-Fri,good for a fry-up smile
Is this it?

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Hillside+Cafe/...

Saleen836

8,898 posts

176 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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The Mad Monk said:
Saleen836 said:
There is a transport cafe 5mins off the A303/A36 junction towards Warminster (Hillside cafe) opens from 6am Mon-Fri,good for a fry-up smile
Is this it?

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Hillside+Cafe/...
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The Mad Monk

8,656 posts

84 months

Sunday 10th May 2020
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What about the Willoughby Hedge Cafe, not far away on the A303?

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Willoughby+Hed...