Open only a few weeks, Peggy’s garden café and delicatessen in Peyia is fast gaining a reputation for quality, good service and delicious fayre.
Easy to find as it’s set back from the main road which runs through the heart of the village, the café is in a renovated, traditional house and on arrival, the premises look small.
Inside though is a different story, a wall of art on the left highlights works of local artists, all of which is for sale and a large wall mounted blackboard ahead is chalked up with an array of mouth-watering cakes, bakes and sponges. This is a cake lover’s heaven and if deli produce is your thing, a room to the rear of the property is stuffed full of best quality meats, cheeses, pates and other delicacies.
Currently open from 9am to 5pm every day, owners are considering opening on summer evenings starting in June. They also plan to hold Sunday Jazz afternoons later on in the summer.
Wine and beer is available and well-priced and prosecco (€5.95 a glass or €12.95 a bottle) is a popular choice with the ladies I’m told.
However, I tried a reduced fat chocolate brownie, which, when warmed up melts in the mouth and a pot of Earl Grey tea from a ‘superior’ range, which was delicious.
Salads, platters and gourmet sandwiches, great for light lunches are made from the deli produce – there are vegetarian options too – and cakes and bakes are served all day, although items do sell out quickly. Illy coffee hits the spot and sumptuous afternoon tea is also available (the scones look delicious) but it’s better to book ahead to ensure nothing has sold out.
Soft drinks, hot chocolate and seasonal freshly squeezed juices are reasonably priced. A frappe costs €1.75 and a double espresso €1.90. Smoothies are also available and are noted on the blackboard.
A stunning ‘secret’ garden to the rear of the property is really lovely and provides ample shade on hot days, and tranquillity from the world outside. Fruit from the trees and fresh herbs grown there are utilised in the cooking and there is also a delightful small fish pond.
The owners and staff are all women and the service is warm, relaxed and friendly. The seating both inside and outside is comfortable and plenty of space is left between tables.
Peggy’s is a small place with a big heart and the owners’ passion and commitment to this project is apparent in the details. This venue is a real asset to Peyia and worth a visit, even if it’s off your usual route.
Peggy’s Garden café
Where: 1 Chrysomilias Street, Peyia, Paphos
Contact: 96 780211, www.facebook.com/peggyspeyia/