Just to clarify, I am talking about Perth in Scotland this time, not about the aforementioned Perth in Australia. As much as I’d love to go back to Perth in Oz, it’s slightly cheaper to take the train to the Perth here.
Coming from Inverness and with all of my family still living there, Perth usually signifies that we are almost back in Glasgow after a long car journey or that we still have about another 115 miles to go. The only time we really stop there is to go to McDonalds at Broxden for the obligatory quarter pounder with cheese to see us through until we reach Sneckie.
On this occasion, mum and I decided that a catch-up was long overdue so we would meet somewhere in the middle and chose Perth. For those of you who have never been to Perth, about 50,000 people live there (and it’s suburbs) and it is a city but seems like more of a town to me. ‘The gateway to the Highlands’ has a quaint little High Street that we managed to locate easily on foot from the train station with some prior research.
Perth High Street
We started the day with a catch up and a cuppa in Small Talk cafe after it being recommended to us. We adored this place with its old fashioned feel – I felt like I was in somebody’s grannies house with all the knick-knacks. The tea came served in silver with vintage teacups & saucers, I was in love. They had a good selection of herbal teabag flavours and the scone was obviously home-made & yummy.
Small Talk tea wares
After leaving the cafe, we strolled along the small High Street stopping in a few shops and then we went in to St John’s shopping centre. It boasts high street shops such as Topshop, Accessorize, River Island, Primark (Prada to most of us) & Waterstones. We had a good sales rummage and I even managed to find flip-flops for my holiday in Accessorize in a tiny size XS (UK size 1-2.5) for my minuscule feet & mum got a pair of sunnies. We wandered on to the end of the High street and crossed Queen’s Bridge, taking in the lovely views on the way.
Taken on Queen’s Bridge looking towards Smeaton’s Bridge
There is a short walk through gardens called the Norie Miller walk after the bridge on the left so we followed in along the River Tay then walked along until we made our way to Smeaton’s Bridge. Then we veered to the right a bit ending up near Perth Concert Hall, which is a brand new modern building. We must book a show next time to check it out further.
We found a lovely little shop nearby (The Bean Shop) that sells coffee, tea, mugs and other hot drink related items and ended up buying some coffee beans for dad. The staff were knowledgeable when we were choosing what to get him and there were samples to try.
After doing a few loops of the centre we found St John’s Kirk, which is the oldest building in Perth. It first appeared in written record in 1128 but is thought to be older than this. You can take self-guided tours around the church using the information sheets provided, soak in the history and admire the beautiful features like the stained glass.
St John’s Kirk
Stomach’s rumbling, we walked along to Cafe Breizh with my mum fancying a crepe. The menu has a wide variety from pizzas to crepes, salads to meat dishes. To start we had mussels and salade mediterranean – tomato, mozzarella, peppers, olives, basil with a balsamic and oil dressing. Starter portion sizes were large and we really should have just shared one between us. They were both tasty and my only negative comment is that the mussels were quite big. That is just a personal preference that I like smaller mussels but I also understand about sustainable fishing so shouldn’t really complain.
For the main course mum found a crepe that suited her in the Popeye – spinach, mushrooms, brie & creme fraiche. It would have been nice to have a salad garnish or something for presentation but It was jam packed with flavoursome filling and delicious.
Popeye Crepe (mum just couldn’t wait) £7.90
I chose one of the specials – duck breast with sautéed potatoes and green beans. It was a lovely dish and I enjoyed it but the duck was overcooked for me. I should have asked for it pink but I thought that’s how duck is always served in restaurants so never bothered. The duck was good value at nine pound something during the day & the prices increase at night.
Duck Breast Special
We were short of time & tummy space so skipped dessert in favour of coffee and then headed back to the train station to say our goodbyes.
Perth was a good host for our catch-up day out and now we just need to find our next A9 location.