What our undercover restaurant thought of Mac’s Cafe in Burton


Most people like to have a place in their hearts for a ‘greasy’ British cafe that serves, of course, the nation’s favorite full English breakfast – which is not to love after all.

What if we said that this particular cafe says it does “the best breakfast in town”?

Well, that’s exactly what our secret restaurant reviewer went to try at Mac’s Cafe on Derby Street in Burton.

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The undercover restaurant started their day spending time on Derby Road and walked into the cafe on a Thursday afternoon after having a good appetite. Here’s what they had to say:

Luckily the weather held up well throughout the day, although it was a slightly cold and gray day and I was ready to sit down warm and eat.

Being based on the always busy Derby Street means parking is a little difficult – our secret restaurant having to park at a nearby business across the road.

On busy weekend days this can be a problem for people hoping to drive to the cafe, especially in the rain, but trust me when I say it’s worth it.

Mac Cafe menu

Upon entering, the queue was only one person, but customers were greeted and quickly ordered their food.

I chose a table at the front of the cafe next to the front door, but there were plenty of seats and tables available.

The server was very friendly and open to talk about general things going on in the world, but made sure the order was correct and I was okay to continue.

As for the staff, they were all very welcoming and willing to help people, as well as being happy to explain in detail what was in the food when questioned.

Another observation was that the age range of other customers varied from young teenagers, to pensioners, to the postman who came in for a quick tea and the traders who had lunch.

By the way, the cafe’s food hygiene rating got five out of five.

The place also offers a delivery service, with JustEat deliveries occurring frequently during our stay.

How was the food?

I ordered a “Big Breakfast”, consisting of two slices of bacon, two sausages and eggs, beans or tomatoes, two hash browns, a slice of fried bread and two slices of fresh bread and butter.

Our secret 'Big Breakfast' dinners
Our secret ‘Big Breakfast’ dinners

On the drink side, I opted for a Diet Coke, cooled to the perfect temperature in the fridge, always filled with carbonated drinks and still cold.

Coke Light
Diet Coke to wash it down.

The food only took about 10 minutes to arrive, which is pretty quick for people just hoping to drop by for breakfast, but it took me long enough to be sure all the food had been cooked from fresh produce and not just thrown together. and microwave.

Everything on the plate was amazing.

The bacon was rich in flavor and thick cut; the sausages were tasty and of good quality; the egg was runny and golden; the fried bread was thick and crispy, the hash browns were the best I’ve ever had as they were super crispy on the outside but soft on the inside.

The only piece of food I couldn’t finish was bread and butter, but that was a mistake on my part as I don’t like butter, but a small bite of bread proved it was fresh and soft.

On the menu, Mac’s Cafe also offers sandwiches, smaller and larger breakfast varieties, toast with jams and cheese, and a full lunch menu complete with burgers and fries.

On the table were offered red and brown sauces, both of which were almost full to the brim, allowing plenty to be poured over my food.

Seasonings and sauces available at Mac's Cafe
The good sauces and seasonings offered.

Salt and pepper were also already placed at the table, with cutlery placed on the side table for people to use as needed.

How was the interior and atmosphere of the café?

The interior of Mac’s Cafe was a true classic British cafe vibe, with simple furnishings and nothing garish.

The counter is on the left as people enter the cafe, with seating to the left and right of the entrance, continuing further into the cafe and into another room on busy days.

Inside Mac's Cafe
Inside Mac’s Cafe

As for the tables, they were well distributed and not crowded, but there seemed to be a large number of tables for two people, so large groups may struggle to get a table seated together initially.

The toilets were in good condition, but are placed in a building outside the cafe so people have to go outside to reach them.

The outer building where the toilets are located
The outer building where the toilets are located.

It wasn’t a problem, but on a rainy day it may put some people off venturing to the toilets, but believe me the food is worth it.

Would I go there again?

A 100 percent.

With the quality of food and customer service at Mac’s Cafe being as good as it gets, I would be more than happy to experience that again.


The total bill was £7.90 for one person.

This included a large breakfast and a 330ml bottle of Diet Coke. To negotiate!

*Staffordshire Live make secret visits to restaurants, takeaways and cafes with a view to providing a fair, balanced and accurate report on customer service and the food on offer. Our hope is that, for the good of the business owner and the customer, we can report positively on the places we visit. However, if our experience is not 100% positive, then we are required to report exactly what we found.

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